Actor-director Casey Affleck says that he considers fame to be a burden. “The only upside is that you get to work on better scripts. But the fame isn’t fun. I don’t want that. I don’t want the burden. I don’t want the attention. But you get the opportunity to work with great people,” Affleck told Irish Times newspaper, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Affleck and actor Joaquin Phoenix explored the subject of fame in their 2010 mockumentary I’m Still Here, in which Phoenix announces his retirement from acting and revealed his ambition to become a hip-hop star.
Looking back, Affleck, who directed the project, remains surprised that people thought Phoenix was being sincere about his supposed musical aspirations.
He said, “It was a full satire of this business. But we were making fun of ourselves as much as anything else. I didn’t even think it was that much of a secret. “It was so absurd I thought it was obvious we were spoofing. The behaviour was so big and comedic.”