The actor inside Casey Affleck

20/06/2010 | By

Interesting article about Casey Affleck. You can definitly see why Joaquin and Casey are friends, not just relatives. Some quite similar characterists in them.

Most of Affleck’s recent energies, instead, have gone into his documentary about his brother-in-law, whom he refers to as JP (Affleck married Summer Phoenix in 2006; they have two small children.)

"I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix" looks at a period where the Oscar-nominated actor seemed to willfully sabotage his own career. The documentary — which includes scenes of coke-snorting, a search for call girls, defecation — has been shown to potential distributors; so far, the movie has no release date.

Nobody seems to know what this movie is — it is for real, or some kind of Andy Kaufman-esque prank? — including people who’ve seen some of it.

"I’ve never seen a movie about someone who was very, very private," he says. "A very intimate portrait. I felt like I had a rare opportunity to do that. He’s not only very private but one of the most hardworking, talented actors alive."

Of course, after Phoenix’s own breakthrough with "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line," he retreated into a heavy beard and weight gain, turning his back on acting for a supposed rap music career, a time marked by his bizarre 2009 appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" in which Phoenix seemed confused and unresponsive. "What happened to him during the two years I followed him were really interesting, and that I think will make a great movie."

Affleck talks about his love of the documentaries of the Maysles Brothers (especially "Salesman"), the importance of finding your themes as a film unfolds, and the pros and cons of shooting copious footage — he says he’s shot 450 hours. But is this a real doc or a goofy mockumentary?

"There’s nothing ‘mock’ about it," Affleck asserts, adding that speculation has grown "strange and twisted" because of his silence. "It’s just a film about a real man who had a period of his life that was pretty dramatic. In order to make the film I had to reveal certain private things and put them in the proper context. JP feels this will correct certain misperceptions."

Full article: LA Times