Casey Affleck doesn't regret controversial Joaquin Phoenix project

19th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Casey Affleck enjoyed making I'm Still Here, his rap mockumentary film starring Joaquin Phoenix, even though the movie was badly received.

Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck doesn't regret working with Joaquin Phoenix on their controversial mockumentary I'm Still Here despite the problems it caused him.

The film project began in 2008 when Joaquin abruptly announced he was quitting acting to pursue a rap career, subsequently promoting his new vocation with a bizarre appearance on America's the Late Show with David Letterman.

I'm Still Here caused controversy upon its release in 2010, with scenes of defecation, gross-out nudity and drug use worrying critics and film buyers.

And the 41-year-old actor admits that the project tarnished his reputation in the movie world.

"In general, people were irritated by it," he told Variety. "They thought we were trying to pull the wool over their eyes."

Despite the negative reaction, he says he and Joaquin found the movie to be hilarious.

"I laughed at it when we watched it," Casey added. "And I remember when we showed it in Venice, there was one other person in the theatre laughing, which was Joaquin."

As well as earning critical derision, the film also caused legal problems for the actor and filmmaker after the movie's female producer and cinematographer filed lawsuits accusing him and his crew of sexual harassment during filming.

Casey, who separated from Joaquin's sister Summer in March (16) after 10 years of marriage, settled the lawsuits out of court in September 2010, the same month the film debuted in theatres.

Of the sexual harassment case, which saw him accused of groping the female cinematographer in her sleep, he says, "People say whatever they want. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you respond.

"I guess people think if you're well-known, it's perfectly fine to say anything you want. I don't know why that is. But it shouldn't be, because everybody has families and lives."

The actor and filmmaker experienced a career dip after I'm Still Here's release, before roles in crime drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and thriller Out of the Furnace restored him to critical favour.

Most recently, Casey has won plaudits for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's Massachusetts based family drama Manchester by the Sea.

In the film he plays Lee Chandler, a man who is forced to return to his hometown to look after his nephew after his brother dies, a role he took over when his brother Ben's pal and collaborator Matt Damon was unavailable.

Manchester by the Sea, which also stars Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler, debuts in theatres next month (Nov16).

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