Joaquin Phoenix/Casey Affleck Mockumentary Is on the Way — I’m Bothered

I have yet to see the Joaquin Phoenix “mockumentary,” and I am already annoyed.  Am I the only person that doesn’t find this type of thing funny?  If you believe the film to be true, then Casey Affleck chronicled Joaquin Phoenix’s real-life drug melt-down, and then sold it for profit.  If you don’t believe it, then Casey Affleck made light of a very serious issue, which is especially concerning given that Joaquin’s own brother died of a drug overdose.  Forgive me for not having a sense of humor.  I predict that this is indeed an Andy Kaufman style hoax, and that Phoenix went along with it as a favor to Affleck, who is his brother-in-law.  I will say though that I know someone who met Phoenix at a private party during this time, and confirmed to me that he was “completely insane.”  I’m not entirely sure what to make of that information.  Perhaps Phoenix, like Andy Kaufman, stayed in character even during his personal life when Affleck’s cameras were not rolling.  Or perhaps Phoenix is just insane altogether. I don’t have the answer.  All I know is that I’m amongst the up-tight pricks that finds this voyeuristic nonsense disturbing.

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