Affleck and Phoenix fooled fans and the media last year (09) as the Walk The Line 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 I’m Still Here 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 (16Sep10), 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 David Letterman’s late-night programme last year (09).
He added, “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career.”