Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary: It (allegedly) exists!

Joaquin-phoenixImage Credit: Jason Merritt/FilmMagicThat little film that Casey Affleck was supposed to be directing about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix’s transformation from actor to rapper has supposedly screened for buyers. According to Deadline New York, Harvey Weinstein was among those who saw the mockumentary, being shopped by WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), last week. So far, there’s been no leak confirming whether Phoenix was serious about the occupation change or just taking his craft, acting, to a new level. Presumably, it’s the latter since the word “mockumentary” is being bandied about. That’s still what we’re all hoping, right?

Now that it’s been over a year since Phoenix declared he was quitting acting, took to the stage (and fell off it), and made a memorable appearance on Letterman (which is when we finally got onboard the crazy train, regardless of its destination), I’d actually like to see this film. Whatever annoyance I felt at the time — knowing that how the media chose to cover his “act” was probably part of the joke — is gone. I’m back to just being a curious fan, thinking that regardless of whether this movie is good or bad, it’s at least different.

Would you go see it in theaters? What happens if it’s not good? Assuming he returns to (traditional) acting, does his career recover? I think Phoenix, who’s already clean-shaven again as a PETA spokesman, will be fine. There’s a fragile quality to his speaking voice that not only makes him unique, but also somehow brings out a maternal instinct in me, even though he’s a year older than I am. I want him to succeed. If he doesn’t, my mind will just think he’s young, kids make mistakes. These days, failing to become a hip-hop artist or filming a great mockumentary about pretending that’s your new goal — definitely not the worst thing a celebrity can do.

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  • Kat

    It hasn’t even been 2 years since this weirdness started? Good lord, it feels like it’s been so much longer. I’m not sure how this will really work as a movie, since everyone aware of his bizarre “transformation” was basically a part of the movie, onscreen or not. We had discussions about wtf was going on and we read the news articles that said “wtf is going on?”…so we were already involved and it seems weird to then go see this like any other movie. Maybe somehow that’s the “genius” of it? But …I don’t know about that.

  • AD

    The movie should have come out sooner when this topic was fresh. By now it’s a “moved on; who cares?” kind of thing. Phoenix will be fine; he’s a good actor and show biz people always bounce back if they have talent(sometimes when they shouldn’t, e.g. Roman Polanski IMO).

  • Sidney

    I’ll see this movie since I’m a big fan of his and I really hope that he returns to acting, he’s excellent.

  • Lu

    Yes! I am hoping he will come back to acting. I love him. I’d see this movie. I feel like it is a documentary a la Borat.

  • Patty

    You could totally tell it was an act because every time someone questioned Casey Affleck about it he couldn’t hold a straight face and he had to excuse himself.

    • Kevin

      And if you watch the Letterman bit, there is a moment where you can tell Joaquin is trying very hard not to laugh.

      • JD

        I think that’s one of Letterman’s best lines ever…”well Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight”

  • Ceballos

    Forget about whether he was serious about becoming a hip-hop artist…did he seriously accidentally write “Bye! Good” on his hands?

    I agree that if this is a put-on that it’s an interesting left turn for a guy who’s clearly a pretty interesting cat. However, it’s also true that it’s been WAY too long since this was a thing, so it’ll probably seem incredibly outdated by the time it comes out.

    Most of all, I hope he got this craziness out of his system and that he goes back to “traditional” acting because he’s pretty terrific.

    • Kevin

      Part of this whole thing has revolved around the media making a story out of his “craziness”… he can walk around naked in Times Square singing “I Feel Pretty” and the whole faux-story will be relevant again. The media are dutiful lemmings… they’ll do their part as far as unintentional promotion is concerned.

      • Chappel

        Sad, but true. Welcome to “journalism” in the 21st century.

  • Madd

    I’ll see it. I’ve always thought this was some sort of mega-joke, especially by the way Casey (and even Ben) Affleck would talk about it in interviews.
    I just really, really want Joaquin to get back into acting. It still amazes me that he didn’t win the Oscar for Gladiator.

  • Lori

    He looks so much better now!
    He’s a fabulous actor. I hope he takes good care of himself, and I wish only the best for him!

  • Al

    A practical joke that everyone knew was a put-on is revealed long past the time anyone cares.

  • DFSF

    Are we all supposed to inherently know how Casey A is Phoenix’s brother-in-law?

    • Jennifer

      Casey is married to Summer Phoenix.

      • DFSF

        Thx. I had guessed it was Rain. (or is that the same one?)

  • Dicazi

    I saw him on Letterman-he almost broke character and started laughing when Letterman said something. That’s when I was sure it was all a stunt.

  • Kristie

    @ DFSF – JP has 3 sisters: Summer, Rain and Liberty.

  • novaloka

    No way,
    this is schizoprhenia it is.

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