Now that Casey Affleck has come clean to the New York Times about “I’m Still Here,” his “documentary” about Joaquin Phoenix’s nutty decline from the celebrity pedestal, it begs the question: Why will you see, or not see “I’m Still Here”?
Was it an interesting film when you thought it was real; that you were watching a real human trainwreck on camera? Will it be more or less interesting now that you know it was all an act? Should it matter (we watch narrative features all the time full of acting, so what makes this different than, say, a mockumentary)? Should Affleck and Phoenix let folks remain unsure of the validity longer?
And if you have already seen the film… were you fooled? Do you feel less fooled now that the director, Affleck, came out and said it was never a trick to begin with, just a bit of performance art? What are your thoughts?
Personally, I think this whole admission by Casey Affleck is an elaborate ploy to steal some publicity from brother Ben Affleck right before the film he directed and stars in, “The Town,” gets its theatrical release. If you’re going to f**k with your brother, go all out…