After following the development of Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary over the past year or two, I have been pretty curious to see what the final product will be like. You may remember hearing about some of Phoenix’s strange public appearances last year, including a seemingly awkward interview with David Letterman, and his attempt to quit acting in order to start a rap career. This was all essentially staged for the film I’m Still Here, and while I was fascinated and amused at the time, I think he played it straight for so long that people just stopped caring after a while. The release of the actual film feels like it’s coming a bit late, as if the joke has been dead for a while now.
Magnolia Pictures have finally released a teaser trailer for the film, and it still maintains an air of mystery about the whole thing. It consists of short clips set to a tongue-in-cheek voiceover spouting philosophical nonsense about Phoenix’s situation. Part of me thinks this is trying to be like Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat or Bruno, only using a real person to stage public pranks. But will this actually play for laughs, or is it meant to be a serious meditation on the nature of celebrity? I guess I’m still curious enough to check it out, but I have no idea what the general response will be. I’m Still Here hits select theatres on September 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.