It's been widely speculated for months and now it's been confirmed: Joaquin Phoenix is 100 percent acting in the new "documentary" "I'm Not Here." His director, and brother-in-law, Casey Affleck told The New York Times, “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career." He later clarifies, "there were multiple takes, these are performances."
As for the obvious general acceptance that this was a documentary in the truest sense of the word, Casey says, "“I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a 'hoax' never entered my mind.”
And while you may feel played, it seems that the endeavor's greatest victim was David Letterman, since he wasn't in on the joke during "The Late Show's" 2009 interview with the heavily bearded Joaquin.
Now that we know the truth, the next inevitable question is, will Hollywood go from seeing Joaquin as a casualty of fame to a brilliantly subversive actor? The fact remains that this was a 24/7, 365 performance which he carried off with total commitment -- and if audiences of every ilk accept that fact, we might be hearing Joaquin's name, for the third time, when Academy Awards nominations are announced next February.
And just for shiggles