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Affleck Admits That I'm Still Here is a Stunt

by Anne Thompson
September 16, 2010 10:09 AM
9 Comments
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Thompson on Hollywood

Of course Casey Affleck finally comes clean in the NYT--just before I'm Still Here goes into wider release. Joaquin Phoenix was acting. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he says.

This whole thing annoys me. They think it's hysterically funny. I think it's a joke on the audience. A prank. Not serious at all. Part of my annoyance comes from the fact that Affleck refused to answer questions and deliberately misled the press in Venice and Toronto. Tell us what the thing is and let us judge it accurately. Don't prevaricate, then say, "Ha!!" That's a kid playing games, not a serious filmmaker.

By the way, I hear repeated stories about Affleck making things tough for distributor Magnolia. Picky, controlling, wanting-his-way kind of manipulations. Not that this is anything new on the PR/marketing front. But Magnolia knows what they're doing and if you make a deal with them, you also have to know that they don't have much money to play with.

Do I want Joaquin Phoenix to ace the Letterman show next week and come out smelling like a rose? Sure. I hope he's A OK.

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More: Festivals, Independents, Toronto, Magnolia

9 Comments

  • Done With Phoenix | September 22, 2010 9:31 AMReply

    FOOL ME ONCE….. FOOL ME TWICE…

    I am forever done with Joaquin. Do NOT jerk me around, THEN ask for my VERY hard earned money to watch a FAKE documentary about a MILLIONAIRE Hollywood actor who THROWS his career away during a DEPRESSION!!!!!

    Game Over Phoenix.

    Bye.

  • Anne Thompson | September 17, 2010 11:55 AMReply

    Affleck went in front of the skeptical media in Venice and insisted it was a documentary. No one believed it, but we were forced to take his word and give him the benefit of the doubt. We all wanted to write about the film knowing what it was. I hated writing about it knowing that it was probably a stunt. I checked with his agents and knew he was still repped by Patrick Whitesell and was looking for work...And we still don't know where the line is between fact and fiction, exploitation and cooperation in this particular case. It's a joke at our expense.

  • Herbert Framckl | September 17, 2010 10:50 AMReply

    Yeah Anne I love your blog and your insight but you could lighten up a little on this one, peace :-)

  • bob | September 17, 2010 7:44 AMReply

    So you were had. You cannot blame Casey Affleck's lack of honesty for your gullibility. That's the whole point of a stunt of this nature. Just admit that you were duped and move on. As for calling Mr. Affleck "not a serious filmmaker", was Andy Kaufman not a serious actor? There is something called Performance Art. Pushing boundaries is part of being a true artist, and Mr. Affleck and Mr. Pheonix pushed theirs to a new level. I respect them for it, and I believe other artists should as well.

    Also, your report of a dispute between the director and distributor is obviously nothing more than an attack on Mr. Affleck. Get over yourself and accept that you've been fooled, we all were.

  • mary | September 17, 2010 5:35 AMReply

    More surprise! David Letterman was also a part of this 'stunt' team (with Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix).

    http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/gasp-joaquin-phoenix-documentary-a-fake/

  • Matticus | September 17, 2010 3:23 AMReply

    "Affleck went in front of the skeptical media in Venice and insisted it was a documentary. No one believed it, but we were forced to take his word and give him the benefit of the doubt. We all wanted to write about the film knowing what it was. I hated writing about it knowing that it was probably a stunt. I checked with his agents and knew he was still repped by Patrick Whitesell and was looking for work…And we still don’t know where the line is between fact and fiction, exploitation and cooperation in this particular case. It’s a joke at our expense."
    You sound like a kid who got pranked who can't take the joke. If you didnt realize from the onset that this was a stunt then shame on you. It was quite obvious from the beginning.

  • Brian | September 17, 2010 2:48 AMReply

    I had no interest in seeing this before I knew it was a stunt. I have no interest in seeing it now.

  • basicmagic | September 16, 2010 12:05 PMReply

    Show biz kids making movies
    Of themselves you know they
    Don't give a fuck about anybody else
    - Steely Dan, 1973

  • jl | September 16, 2010 11:43 AMReply

    It was easy to tell from the beginning that this was a stunt. So unfortunate since it just makes the participants seem like a bunch of dopes.

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