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I'm Still Here (2010)

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Documents Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.

Director:

Casey Affleck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Joaquin Phoenix
Antony Langdon Antony Langdon ... Anton
Carey Perloff Carey Perloff ... Himself - Play Director
Larry McHale Larry McHale ... Larry McHale
Casey Affleck ... Casey Affleck
Jack Nicholson ... Jack Nicholson
Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal
Danny Glover ... Danny Glover
Bruce Willis ... Himself
Robin Wright ... Herself
Johnny Moreno Johnny Moreno ... Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)
Danny DeVito ... Danny DeVito
Jerry Penacoli ... Jerry
Susan Patricola Susan Patricola ... Susan
Patrick Whitesell ... Patrick
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Storyline

In 2008 while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck's camera watching, tells people he's quitting to pursue a career in rap music. Over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he'll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

He's done with Hollywood

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,658, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$408,719, 31 October 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening Super 8 footage is entirely recreated for the film. See more »

Goofs

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. Then one day it gets hot and you slowly evaporate into air, way up, higher than any mountain top, all the way to the heavens. Then you understand that it was at your lowest that you were closest to God. Life's a journey that...
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References Esther Kahn (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Some Lovin'
(uncredited)
Written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood
Performed by Steve Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group
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Not Hollywood
17 March 2011 | by pkgod16See all my reviews

This is unlike any other movie ever made. Inventive. Joaquin made a movie, he was in character at all times. Whether or not he broke character or there were flaws or slips in the film, he had to keep in character any time he was in the public eye. He wasn't locked away on a set or in a remote location. He wasn't shielded from scrutiny until every word or action was carefully crafted by editors. He was acting in plan sight, having to flow and improvise anytime he was around the media. These guys are made a film by catching the media off guard, a media hoax, instead of the media paying there rent by displaying or exposing celebrity.

This is the result of a history of celebrity turning the tables on the media. Edgar Allan Poe used the print media to conduct hoaxes for the end goal of entertainment and enlightenment. He manufactured a truth to raise questions, do you believe everything you read or hear in the case of Orson Wells? I commend the efforts and dedication that went into the making of this movie.

Also, I wish no one had let me in on the ruse until I had seen the movie. Being fooled is fun, it's why magicians will always be entertaining despite the fact that we may adamantly dismiss the existence of magic.


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