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Casey Affleck Never Intended to Trick Anybody With 'I'm Still Here'

September 17, 2010 (9:32 am) GMT
Admitting that the documentary about Joaquin Phoenix turning his back on movie career is a big prank, Affleck said he never thought it as a hoax.
Casey Affleck Never Intended to Trick Anybody With 'I'm Still Here'

has revealed his new movie about brother-in-law 's efforts to quit acting and become a rapper is one big hoax. Affleck and Phoenix fooled fans and the media last year as the "" star announced he was turning his back on Hollywood and then grew a bushy beard and started acting strangely on a series of chat shows, and at appearances.

The madcap scenes were shot by Affleck for his newly-released "" documentary. And during recent interviews at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Affleck insisted the documentary was for real - and his pal and subject really was trying to make it as a rapper.

But in a New York Times article on Thursday, the actor/director confessed the film was an experiment that perhaps went too far. He said, "I never intended to trick anybody. The idea of a 'hoax' never entered my mind."

But Affleck admitted Phoenix played his part brilliantly - even risking ridicule for a mumbling appearance on American chat show host 's late-night programme last year. He added, "It's a terrific performance, it's the performance of his career."

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