About Joaquin Phoenix’s New Doc: If It Walks Like a Duck…

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Joaquin Phoenix documentary: Even buyers aren’t sure if it’s a prank
by John Horn
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2010

It\”™s far from the Joaquin Phoenix you\”™re used to seeing onscreen: snorting cocaine, ordering call girls, having oral sex with a publicist, treating his assistants abusively and rapping badly. And not, apparently, playing a role \”” or was he?

Even after seeing the documentary \”I\”™m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix\” in a private screening earlier this week, film buyers still aren\”™t sure of its genuineness. Was the \”Walk the Line\” and \”Gladiator\” star, who said more than a year ago that he was quitting acting to become a musician, playing a sophisticated prank, or did he really ditch his Oscar-nominated career to become a disheveled rapper?

Agents at William Morris Endeavor, the sellers of the Casey Affleck-directed film, have started showing the movie to potential distributors, and while some were apparently interested in bidding for \”I\”™m Still Here\”™s\” distribution rights, the shoppers left the screening perhaps even more mystified by Phoenix\”™s behavior than when they walked in.

Several buyers said the film overflowed with Hollywood debauchery, including 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.

The documentary \”” or is it a mockumentary? \”” also includes Phoenix\”™s infamous appearance on \”The Late Show With David Letterman,\” in which the bearded and bloated actor barely spoke, leaving Letterman bewildered if not infuriated and people wondering about Phoenix\”™s mental health.

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