Casey Affleck directed Joaquin Phoenix docu/mockumentary screens for buyers

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 5th, 2010

Finally, something on the WTF front.

Over a year ago, it was announced that not only was Joaquin Phoenix quitting the thing that we call acting to start up a career in hip hop, but he was also going to be the subject of a documentary shot by buddy and brother-in-law, the aforementioned Affleck.  Ever since that announcement, news on the project has been all but lacking, until today.  

Deadline is reporting that Affleck has screened his now complete documentary for buyers at WME headquarters, who “were sworn to secrecy.” The agency is selling the film, and according to the report, it may be only a few days now until we see a sale made.  The agency is keeping the film under strict lock and key for “maximum shock value,” which basically means that we aren’t seeing this thing until the very last second.

Personally, if only to see the complete train wreck that this thing could be, I’m intrigued.  The idea of the mock/documentary is amazingly interesting, and while it may fail on every possible level based on the idea alone, this is going to be one film that you won’t want to miss.  From interviews with Letterman, to his shocking performance in the LAVO nightclub in Vegas, Phoenix is as enigmatic and off the wall as they come.  All in all, this is one film I can’t wait to check out.

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