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Thursday, February 12, 2021

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Lots of huff-and-puff today over Joaquin Phoenix and his appearance on last night’s “The Late Show With David Letterman”, with some ranking it along with the most unhinged Letterman interviews ever, ala Crispin Glover and Farrah Fawcett.

I watched it. And I don’t buy it at all.

Oh sure, Phoenix shuffled out looking like a Sunday-best Unabomber, and he played the mumbling maladroit to the hilt. It all certainly happened, and made for funny TV.

But I don’t think it was unintended. Not only do I agree that Phoenix was hoaxing the whole scenario, I’ll go a step further and allege that David Letterman was in on the whole thing as well. I’ve got no solid proof, but just from watching the whole interview, I could tell there was no real tension between the two, and Letterman’s reactions to similar guest antics in the past always betrayed his extreme unease at any such “unplanned” situations. This time out, I got the strong feeling he was simply going through the motions, setting up Phoenix with rather softball jabs; if he were really ill at ease with what was happening, he would have cut loose on him far more severely. My guess is that Letterman and Phoenix coordinated the whole thing beforehand and simply played it out before the cameras.

Why? To manufacture buzz for both. I’m sure Letterman will get some mileage out of this in his next few monologues, and beyond. As for Phoenix, he’s known to be up to something, with his forsaking the actor’s life for an alleged career in hip-hop. And — surprise! — he’s even making a documentary of this whole process with his pal Casey Affleck.

In short, this whole thing is a nice big bag of phony. Cynicism strikes again!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/12/2021 03:26pm
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, TV
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  1. yer wrng….he really was falling apart.
    previous interviews were similar hinting at
    a deeper meltdown.
    Joaquin is history

    Comment by meltdown — 02/12/2021 @ 11:12 PM

  2. I agree, it was not staged. The guy has always been on the verge of a meltdown like this and is known for being awkard in interviews.

    Comment by Jason — 02/13/2009 @ 1:01 AM

  3. I agree with staged. Carefully watch Joaquin and you’ll see it.

    Comment by Jack — 02/13/2009 @ 1:25 AM

  4. I totally agree, 100% staged!!

    Comment by Lindsey — 02/13/2009 @ 7:07 AM

  5. poor Joaquin Phoenix, he seemed to trying really hard to re-invent his image and was coming across as just awkward

    Comment by Joe — 02/15/2009 @ 2:55 AM

  6. JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND THE LETTERMAN FIX…

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Joaquin Phoenix/Casey Affleck “documentary” I’m Still Here has been confirmed as a fabricated performance, by Affleck himself: …Most mockumentaries, in the way of “This Is Spinal Tap,” w…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 09/18/2010 @ 7:50 PM

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