In an interview with New York Times Casey Affleck has admitted that his directorial debut film "I'm still Here", is nothing, as staging cinema. So we shouldn't put an end on Joaquin career, as well as looking for his albums as a performer of hip-hop in music stores.
The well-known appearance of Joaquin Phoenix in the program of David Letterman, as well as attempts to change the scope of the actor and perform hip-hop - all part of the drawing, which started by Affleck and star of "Gladiator".
"Joaquin has played wonderful. This is the best role of his career", - said Casey.
"I hope that Joaquin will be nominated for numerous awards. He deserved it", - says Affleck.
Few weeks ago, "I'm still Here" was released in the U.S. theaters. Critical reviews have been mixed. The website Rotten Tomatoes shows a lot of positive reviews, but they are not enough that the film received a "fresh" status (it takes 60% positive reviews of critics). In particular, Roger Ebert took the film at face value and says that he will be very angry if the story of the transformation of Joaquin Phoenix, bearded and bloated incompetent musician would be untrue.
It should be noted that Casey Affleck himself had a hand in an angry response from critics when he tried to mislead reporters in Venice and Toronto, leaving no the answer to the question "Is it true?" As it turned out, even David Letterman was aware of what is happening when he tried to talk with Phoenix.
The scenes in which the Phoenix sniffing cocaine with prostitutes, seeking the location of rapper Sean Combs, sobbing over the rejection of their musical talents - all this is nothing like a joke. Even the opening scenes, in which the alleged small Joaquin together with his father bathes in a waterfall in Panama, were filmed in Hawaii with other actors. The film has been surpassed the old VHS tape and thus received effect of threadbare video.
"I'm not going to play anybody," - says Casey. But his film has received an incredibly serious, albeit with a mass of comic moments. All the time, director does not give the audience any reason to doubt in the reality of the situation.
The hardest thing to the filmmakers was to get support from Phoenix agent from WME - Patrick Whitesell.
"When I told him that his precious client will be the most unattractive and foolish, he was ready to kill me on the spot" - recalls Casey.
However, Whitesell took part in the project. How he will now return Joaquin in the world of cinema - is unknown. But now his client smells normal, decently dressed and shaved off his beard.