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I'm Still Here -- A documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.
I'm Still Here -- Joaquin Phoenix meets with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Overview

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)
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Release Date:
16 September 2010 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's done with Hollywood
Plot:
Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Will be utterly fascinating...for some. See more (103 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Joaquin Phoenix ... Himself

Antony Langdon ... Anton
Carey Perloff ... Play Director
Larry McHale ... Larry McHale

Casey Affleck ... Casey Affleck

Jack Nicholson ... Himself

Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal

Danny Glover ... Danny Glover

Bruce Willis ... Himself

Robin Wright ... Herself
Johnny Moreno ... Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)

Danny DeVito ... Himself

Jerry Penacoli ... Jerry
Susan Patricola ... Susan
Patrick Whitesell ... Patrick
Nicole Acacio ... Nicole
Matt Maher ... Matt
Amanda Demme ... Amanda
Josie ... Josie
Carline ... Capricorn Clark (voice)

Mos Def ... Mos
Christine Spines ... Christine
David Grutman ... David Gutman

Sean Combs ... Sean

Jamie Foxx ... Himself

Ben Stiller ... Himself
Norm Block ... Norm
Mike Snedegar ... Lavo Event Host

Edward James Olmos ... Edward Olmos

David Letterman ... David Letterman

Natalie Portman ... Herself

Eddie Rouse ... Miami Heckler

Jamison Reeves ... Miami Heckler
Elliot Gaynon ... Hollywood Eddie
Tim Affleck ... Joaquin's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Grant ... Hugh Grant

Nathan Lane ... Nathan Lane

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno

Conan O'Brien ... Conan O'Brien (archive footage)

Barack Obama ... Obama (archive footage)

Ashley Olsen ... Herself

Regis Philbin ... Regis Philbin

Kelly Ripa ... Kelly Ripa

Cenk Uygur ... Cenk (archive footage)
Peter Coffin ... Announcer / Joaquin (uncredited)

Sean Penn ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Casey Affleck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)

Produced by
Casey Affleck .... producer
Serena Rios Flores .... field producer: Hawaii
Joaquin Phoenix .... producer
Amanda White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marty Fogg 
 
Cinematography by
Casey Affleck 
Magdalena Górka 
 
Film Editing by
Casey Affleck 
Dody Dorn 
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... sound effects editor
Reagan Bond .... sound mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Sze-Wun Li .... sound effects editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Russell White .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Aguirre .... camera operator
Christopher Blauvelt .... camera operator (as Chris Blauvelt)
Mai Iskander .... additional cinematographer
Justin Mitchell .... camera operator
Andrew Mueller .... camera operator
Sarah Remetch .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Edward Brizio .... colorist (as Edo Brizio)
Peggy Eghbalian .... additional editor
Kayla Emter .... first assistant editor
Elliot Gaynon .... editorial assistant
Hak Lonh .... additional editor
Robb Sullivan .... additional editor
Jeff U'ren .... colorist/online conform
Valerie Flueger Veras .... post production supervisor (as Valerie Flueger)
 
Other crew
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager
Lisa Callif .... legal counsel (as Lisa 'It's Ok' Callif)
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator
Johnny Moreno .... stand-in: Danny DeVito
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
William Whirity .... web advertising (as Bill Whirity)
 
Thanks
Warren Beatty .... special thanks
Annette Bening .... special thanks
Sean Combs .... very special thanks
David Fincher .... special thanks
Tom Hanks .... special thanks
Paul Newman .... special thanks
Natalie Portman .... special thanks
Bonnie Raitt .... special thanks
Brett Ratner .... special thanks
Julia Roberts .... special thanks
Ben Stiller .... very special thanks
Gus Van Sant .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I'm Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content
Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46265)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie that Ben Stiller pitches to Joaquin Phoenix is _Greenberg_, with Stiller angling for Phoenix to play the part of Ivan. That part was actually played by Rhys Ifans. This is all part of the joke, however, as _Greenberg_ was already being filmed when Stiller showed up in this scene. Indeed, this scene was filmed after the David Letterman interview and Stiller's appearance at the Oscars, dressed as Joaquin.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Phoenix first meets Diddy in the hotel, he knocks on the door on the right side of the hall, then the camera switches and Diddy is opening the door on the left side of the hall. It can't just be a change in camera angle since the door is the last one on the hall.See more »
Quotes:
Edward James Olmos:That's you, drops of water and you're on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I'm a mountain top water drop. I don't belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Walk the Line (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
All The World Is GreenSee more »

FAQ

What's the song that plays at the very ending with Joaquin Phoenix in the river?
Where can I view the David Letterman interview?
Is this a real documentary?
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46 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Will be utterly fascinating...for some., 27 November 2010
Author: lewiskendell from United States

This has to be one of the most weird and surreal movies that I've ever seen. Watching Joaquin Phoenix bouncing around like a gibbering idiot and rapping in front of Edward James Olmos (rap name: EJO), while a nonsensical voice-over of Olmos rambles about raindrops and mountains and inner light...it's just insane. And the entire mockumentary is like that, to varying degrees. 

Joaquin plays a deranged, drug-using, prostitute-frequenting, delusional, destructive, bizzaro-version of himself, and I just can't look away. Every time he steps up onto a stage to rap, it's a hilarious train wreck. Even though you can't help but feel painfully embarrassed for the character. The way he berates his assistants, tries to get a friend in recovery to take drugs, constantly surrenders to his own paranoia and delusions, and takes narcissism and selfishness to the furthest excesses, it's all just unbelievably compelling. It's like watching the worst person in the world and wondering what insanity they're going to race towards next.

I thought that the performance by Phoenix was great. This is my absolute favorite movie by him, and my favorite "character" that he's played. It's not by accident that so many people thought this movie was a genuine documentary about Phoenix's spiraling life. He genuinely makes the character seem crazy enough to believe that his music is actually good and that the absurd things that he's saying have meaning. It feels real, even when you know it's not. Every uncomfortable, embarrassed and incredulous reaction of his friends and the people he meets just drew me deeper into the world of this bizarre man.

I was beyond impressed by what Phoenix and Casey Affleck did with this. When I first heard about it, it sounded like a vanity project that would be an amusing oddity, at best. What I got instead was one of the best movies I've seen this year. It is NOT for everyone. But how can I not rate a movie highly that made me laugh so much, while also making me feel sadness, disgust, pity, incredulity, anger, hope, embarrassment, and ten other things? 

This experiment was a smashing success, in my opinion, and something truly unique that I'll be thinking about for a long time. I'm Still Here is audacious, ridiculous, and certainly divisive. I can honestly see why some people would hate this movie, and the entire idea behind it. But, long before that perfect ending left my screen, I knew which side of that divide I would fall on.

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