Image Credit: Jason Merritt/FilmMagicThat little film that Casey Affleck was supposed to be directing about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix’s transformation from actor to rapper has supposedly screened for buyers. According to Deadline New York, Harvey Weinstein was among those who saw the mockumentary, being shopped by WME (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), last week. So far, there’s been no leak confirming whether Phoenix was serious about the occupation change or just taking his craft, acting, to a new level. Presumably, it’s the latter since the word “mockumentary” is being bandied about. That’s still what we’re all hoping, right?
Now that it’s been over a year since Phoenix declared he was quitting acting, took to the stage (and fell off it), and made a memorable appearance on Letterman (which is when we finally got onboard the crazy train, regardless of its destination), I’d actually like to see this film. Whatever annoyance I felt at the time — knowing that how the media chose to cover his “act” was probably part of the joke — is gone. I’m back to just being a curious fan, thinking that regardless of whether this movie is good or bad, it’s at least different.
Would you go see it in theaters? What happens if it’s not good? Assuming he returns to (traditional) acting, does his career recover? I think Phoenix, who’s already clean-shaven again as a PETA spokesman, will be fine. There’s a fragile quality to his speaking voice that not only makes him unique, but also somehow brings out a maternal instinct in me, even though he’s a year older than I am. I want him to succeed. If he doesn’t, my mind will just think he’s young, kids make mistakes. These days, failing to become a hip-hop artist or filming a great mockumentary about pretending that’s your new goal — definitely not the worst thing a celebrity can do.
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