Joaquin Phoenix Letterman
September 17, 2010 by staff
Joaquin Phoenix Letterman, What we all suspected about Joaquin Phoenix in the last couple of years has proven to be true: he was never really a career in hip-hop, or bad on drugs, or suddenly unable to form a coherent sentence, or completely lose his mind. His behavior since late 2008 has been an act.
Casey Affleck – Phoenix’s brother in law and the director of “I’m Still Here”, the documentary about the supposed new direction in life Phoenix – confirmed in an interview with The New York Times that nothing in the film or Phoenix off-camera antics, including a famous interview with David Letterman, was real.
“It’s a fabulous show, is the performance of his career,” Affleck says reporter Michael Cieply, later adding, “We wanted to create a space … you believe what is happening is real.” The question is: how Phoenix fans and viewers feel about it?
Whatever you may think about the merits of the effort is hard to argue with the assertion that Phoenix Affleck delivered a good performance. While it is fair to assume its rarity rotten, with a beard was an act that so fully committed to it being so easy to think that he had actually fallen off the rails.
I also believe that there is something, for lack of a better word, brave in what Phoenix did. At a time when other celebrities are perhaps more aware than ever about how to cultivate an image – not only by the firm to appropriate projects, but to accept some pictures from magazines just airbrushed or often maintain an active updated Twitter aggressive funny – like Phoenix shredded his reputation. And not just for a month or two, but for two whole years, without any guarantee that would be able to recover.
Now, one could easily argue that, given the (so far) mediocre box office impact of “I’m Still Here”, all that the performance was in vain. I’m sure Affleck and Phoenix – which is set to make his triumphant return next week with the “Late Show With David Letterman” – is leaving everyone in the joke now in the hope that perhaps people will more likely to see and understand what they were trying to do in the film.
But if the film is successful, Phoenix and Affleck clearly shows that as a society, we are willing to believe that anyone – even a respected Oscar-nominated – all can lose almost all night. His project also shows that, for better or for worse, it is perfectly possible to transform the image if a person is hard enough.
Of course, now Phoenix must make the effort to change that image again. As the New York Times and both the note of the LA Times, has begun considering movie roles again. Honestly, I seriously doubt it’s awfully difficult to Phoenix to recover for people. In Hollywood, probably tipping his hat to his inspired madness and use it to argue that he is the undisputed best actor of his generation.
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