Dir. Casey Affleck, bucking under angry reviews of I’m Still Here confirmed that his Joaquin Phoenix ‘doc’ is fake and made all those promotional Shepard Fairey stencils sad. Duh. But… too soon much?

Did Joaquin Phoenix just waste two years of retiring, rap, bad hair and craaazy just so Affleck can kill any illusion of authenticity of a barely-premiered film and blow a perfectly good pop culture joke?

Wait, now, for the first time ever I’m starting to suspect this might actually be real. Goddamn it.

Anyway, here’s an animated clip of Werner Herzog saving Joaquin Phoenix. That may have actually happened.