Is the Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here really what it seems? Stay tuned for the details.
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Casey Affleck makes his directorial debut and sparks controversy with I'm Still Here, a documentary following his brother-in-law, actor Jaoquin Phoenix, as he leaves the world of acting to pursue a career as a hip-hop musician. But is the movie real or just a hoax? The new director says he's letting the audience decide.
The film was screened out of competition at the Venice International Film Festival this September, where Affleck told reporters, "I sincerely don't want to influence people's interpretation. I can tell you there is no hoax."
The film's star was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, then left the spotlight, trading acting for music. Full of dark scenes, the film chronicles his downward spiral, complete with drug use, a drastic change in physical appearance, and even an attack on a spectator at his own concert.
The docu-drama also includes scenes with Ben Stiller and Sean "Diddy" Combs, which fired suspicions that parts of the film were scripted. Fueling the rumors is one scene where a close friend of Phoenix turns on the production, informing an entertainment news outlet that Phoenix's downfall is all a big hoax.
Hit our comments section and tell us if you think the film is fact or fiction. I'm Amanda Janner for Clevver Movies. Thanks for watching.