Is it a documentary? A bizarre prank? It doesn't matter. I'm Still Here is, if nothing else, a fairly entertaining character study of a man (real or imagined) teetering on the brink of complete craziness.
A documentary by Casey Affleck that chronicles a celebrity, JP, as he leaves behind acting to pursue a career as a rapper. Affleck later revealed that JP's public personality was just a performance. The film confused audiences and critics alike, with no intention of doing so in the first place.
Casey Affleck wrote the "Mountain Top Water Drop" speech.
I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix is a film that follows Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix as he abruptly gives up acting in order to pursue a career as a hip-hop musician. Directed by Casey Affleck, it's not yet clear if the film is a mockumentary or an actual documentary. Phoenix initially announced his decision to quit acting during press coverage for his film Two Lovers, and since then has descended into a spiral of bizarre behavior highlighted by moments such as a surreal appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In an interview with New York Times, Casey Affleck revealed that the movie was all an elaborate, Andy Kaufman-esque hoax. Affleck and Phoenix had no intention on tricking or alienating anyone, but critical backlash is acting out otherwise. The two claimed to set out to make a film, and that's it. It just happens that we all have roles in said film.