Casey Affleck confirms ‘I’m Still Here’ is a hoax

By Sean O’Connell Casey Affleck just confirmed what most of us suspected … “I’m Still Here” is a hoax.

“It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” Affleck told the N.Y. Times this morning of Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in the controversial documentary, which played the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

“I never intended to trick anybody,” said. Affleck. “The idea of a quote, hoax, unquote, never entered my mind.”

Affleck said most of the people in the “documentary” are actors, and that scenes such as the one where Phoenix allegedly snorts cocaine were staged. “There were multiple takes, these are performances,” Affleck said.

At the end of the piece, Phoenix admits that he is fielding acting offers, so his “retirement” appears to have been a hoax, as well.

“I’m Still Here” is currently open in select markets.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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