Joaquin Phoenix’s Film Exile Is For Real Says Affleck
But Casey Affleck, Phoenix’s brother-in-law and director of a documentary which recounts his first 12 months in the new role claims the former actor’s switch is genuine.
Affleck, who is married to Phoenix’s sister Summer, told ABC News that he shot documentary I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix “to explore what I thought would be an interesting period in his life”.
“He said he didn’t want to act any more, he wanted to try doing music, and that, right there, says something’s going to happen,” he said. “I had no idea what exactly was going to happen and all that would unfold.”
Phoenix left behind a very promising career in film (he was twice nominated for an Academy Award) to pursue his music in 2008 but after a dodgy performance in Las Vegas was posted on YouTube and he made an odd appearance on David Letterman’s show, many assumed Phoenix was having a bit of a laugh.
“I understand there were all these different reactions to what happened on the Letterman show,” said Affleck. “Millions of people saw on YouTube and wrote about it and talked about it all over the place but most of them were wrong. Joaquin’s motive was nothing that anybody ever guessed.”