Oh, There's Joaquin Phoenix: First Trailer for I'm Still Here
08.18.10 by Ryan
Joaquin Phoenix's last movie was 2008's Two Lovers, after which he promptly announced his retirement from acting so he could concentrate on his rap career. Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck decided to shoot a documentary (or, perhaps a "mockumentary") about Phoenix's transition from actor to rapper called I'm Still Here, which no one is sure is real or a prank. Speculation that Phoenix was involved in an elaborate prank stemmed from his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2009, with Phoenix's Two Lovers costar Gwyneth Paltrow admitting that she wasn't convinced that he was truly quitting his acting career for hip hop stardom. Still, no one seems to know for sure.
The LA Times reported in May that a screening of I'm Still Here for studios left many scratching their heads over the movie's intentions, which, reportedly, shows Phoenix as a coke-snorting, abusive performer in a movie with "more male frontal nudity than you’d find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while he’s asleep."
None of that is included in the first trailer for the movie, which depicts Phoenix receiving a philosophical lesson from Edward James Olmos about identity and journey of self-discovery. Watch it below and see if you can tell whether the movie is fact or fiction.