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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