I’m probably one of the few to still be reserving judgment on the Joaquin Phoenix becomes a rapper story, but this latest update (the first in quite a while) kind of reeks of trainwreck. After an anonymous commenter posted a link and request for video submissions of Phoenix’s troubled performances for Casey Affleck’s documentary about the actor/MC on Rollingstone.com, they followed the lead to a new site where you can upload said Patterson-Gimlin footage. And like everything else with this saga, it sounds too weird to be true, but it’s all starting to check out.
Daniel Kreps reports for Rolling Stone that the release form on the cleverly domain-named Joaqdoc.com looks legit and also includes a quote from Affleck. The cool thing is, if you are actually one of the rare people to have witnessed one of Phoenix’s onstage meltdowns and managed to resist the urge to upload your rare film to YouTube, you might get a credit on a feature film.
This could be the start of a nice IMDb profile if the movie succeeds in its likely Borat-esque ambitions. If the mock doc fails, however, it’ll be your Battlefield Earth.