Letterman writer claimed host knew about Joaquin Phoenix hoax

Though he recently revealed that most of his Joaquin Phoenix-centric documentary I’m Still Here was fake, Casey Affleck has said that only he, Phoenix, and Phoenix’s agent were aware of the hoax. But an interview from last year with Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft has resurfaced, and it claims otherwise. Said Scheft to the independent newspaper Nuvo, “Dave knew about it, and Dave loved it because he could play along…It was great television.”

Scheft also claimed he was met with backlash when he attempted to reveal that the events were staged. “I’ve told people that [everyone is in on the joke], and not only don’t people believe me, they tell me that I’m wrong and that [Phoenix] is a schizophrenic and he needs help and he’s going to end up like his brother [River, who died of a drug overdose in 1993]. I said no. I saw the segment notes. It’s an act. I saw Ben Affleck’s brother taping the whole thing from offstage.”

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  • BF

    This whole thing seemed interesting for a while, but now it’s all so boring. I wanted to see the movie, but not anymore.

    • Julie

      I like how the guy said “Ben Afflecks brother”. Casey can’t even catch a break lol

    • Lynsey

      At last! Something clear I can undsretnad. Thanks!

  • Buffy Freak

    Anybody who wasn’t headless knew this whole thing was a hoax.

    • Brian

      hey – that’s offensive. i happen to be headless and i for one was quite certain it was a hoax from the beginning thank you very much.

      • sashay

        Comments are funnier than the story, thanks for the laughs.

      • Buffy Freak

        LOL! Nice Brian!

      • Rock Golf

        Makes sense. “Brian” is “brain” scrambled.

  • bruno

    yeah, this has all become a huge bore. wish it’d turned out for them, it was an interesting idea. believability factor was just too way low (unless you work for EW apparently). and i think it’s taken too long to unfold. i was interested about 5 months ago. now, not so much.

  • duney

    what’s the difference, most is not what what it looks like.

  • erin

    Hasn’t this story’s five minutes passed already? Why is it taking space on your main page? You can tell by the number of comments that nobody cares.

  • cersei

    LOL – so funny to see all the people coming out of the woodwork claiming they *ahem* ‘KNEW it all along.’ uh huh – SURE you did. You’re like little kids who get pissy after being duped by an april fools joke. Get over it, man, he got you.

    • Voodoo

      No, from the first minute Phoenix revealed he was gonna be ‘rapper’, the internet, including this site, was flooded with comments all screaming HOAX! NOBODY believed it, well except YOU that is and it seems you can’t handle that fact very well.

    • Voodoo

      BTW do you work for this movie’s production company? Yeah, I thought you did.

    • The Jackal

      It’s true, everybody does it, nobody wants to look like the fool. Of course, everybody knew the Blair Witch Project was fake too, yet that seemed to make lots of money.

    • The Jackal

      It’s a weird phenomenon, just like Vanilla Ice, you be hard press to find someone that will admit they liked him or his music, yet he sold millions of records (see also, Milli Vanilli)

      • Liz

        I love Vanilla Ice. I will admit it. I can’t hear the opening chords of “Under Pressure” without getting a little bit happy and thinking it will be my beloved ice ice baby.

    • Agreed

      I’m with you, yea, “everybody” knew, LOL.

      I was just hoping he didn’t completely go off the edge because I for one think he’s a huge talent.

  • Mr. Beepo

    Who is David Letterman?

    • Agreed

      hahahahah, good one!

  • Warren Wordsfore

    Wake me up when something funny happens…

  • b

    LOL at anyone who thought it was real at any point.

  • wooster182

    I rewatched the interview this week for the first time in about a year and I think Letterman was in on the joke. He always gets personal with his guests, but not *that* personal. They were playing off each other. But it is so sad that it seems like some people desperately want this to all be real. Why? Why hope the worst for someone?

  • Sylvia

    My 2 cents – I think they wish it was a hoax, Phoenix and Casey, but I think the actor is for real crazy and this is not going to get better.

    • Joaquin

      Sylvia, my dear, you are a sad and unfortunate example of a human being. I wish there were a way we could get help for you, but it seems that a grasp of reality will forever elude you.

      • Grammar Grammie

        Succinct. Good grammar, punctuation, and proper use of subjunctive mood. I’m impressed.

  • John

    It was OK for a few minutes then got boring. I could tell it was all fake. Juvenile TV.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    I knew it was a hoax, I knew Letterman was in on it too. I swear if you watch the segment from Letterman you can see him tell Joaquin that he did a “good job” at the end

  • Barbara Ball

    He is a creep, as is Casey and who doesn’t hate Letterman. I know I do. Who cares about these peope.

    • Dexter

      Spoken like a true Lamo fan.

    • Kitty Mama

      I don’t hate Letterman!! The guy is creative, sarcastic, and humorous, all in one!! Who wouldn’t love that?? Dexter’s right!!

  • box211

    Who cares? So what? Is this of any importance to anyone? Like really.

    • hhhh

      Like really?!?!?!

      • Um

        if yous gonna put stuff out bout the ways peoples write then yous gonna bes busy all da time

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