Thursday, February 12, 2009

What the ...? Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman Last Night

I'll be posting on Lost and American Idol soon, but I just had to comment on this and snag the video from YouTube if you missed it. Joaquin Phoenix was sort of on Letterman last night. Very odd. Is it an act? He looks like a well-dressed Blues Brother possibly captured from Skid Row. He makes the long-ago Farrah Fawcett stoned interview look coherent. Is he on drugs? Has he lost it? I admire David Letterman's restraint and, although Phoenix looked very uncomfortable and embarrassed at times, he brought any commentary on himself.

What the ____ is up with this?

12 comments:

sizzie said...

Your title says it all Jackie? WTF? I keep thinking of Andy Kaufman. I never knew what was real and what was act with him either. The best line, I thought, was Letterman saying "I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight, Joaquin"

Did you know Phoenix's real last name is Bottom ( at least that is what I read in a bio of him) All kinds of comments come to mind about him and his last day and his current career.

The big question is: Is it sad that so much talent is being wasted? Or are we being played?

Jackie said...

I watched it stunned last night. It could be an act, I guess. Or it could be drugs or mental issues. I wanted to wait until I found it on YouTube as my words couldn't do it justice. Weird.

Petals said...

Jax - a theory has already floated about my dear Joaquin. His sister is married to his best friend, Casey Affleck (hes, Ben's lil brother). Well, Casey is making a documentary about Joaquin's transition from actor to rock star.

The theory is that Joaq is just over-acting this image for Casey's cameras. Makes sense to me, since I've loved Joaquin since he was billed as "Leaf Pheonix" in Space Camp. Joaquin has always been private, so this all has to be for show, right?

sizzie said...

Yes, I have heard about the mockumentary. Anything is possible, including that he got so into the method style of acting that he forgot who he is. Or was? Or wants to be? I like a good mystery. Would his people let him go on Letterman if it weren't part of an act? I don't know.

One columunist suggested that he might show up on Letterman at some future date, dressed well and offering apologies for making Dave part of the joke. I don't know (I keep repeating myself, sorry). I'll just have to watch and see and I think that somewhere in the mix, that is the point.

meb said...

This had to be an act. Even he laughed at Letterman's last line that Sizzie already stated. If he was on drugs, I don't think he would have even caught the line.

meb said...

I posted this a while back and needed to clarify this. "Life was good last week. I enjoy this show. The girl who plays Crews' counterpart always looks like she's frowning. And how can she be involved with her boss??? He looks like a sleezebag."

I'm not getting too senile but... the show wasn't Life, it was The Mentalist... the female cop is the one who has the perpetual frown and it's her boss who is the sleezebag.

Just felt I needed to correct myself ... and Sizzie, I can't remember who the female is on Life... I'll have to pay attention this week when I watch it.

sizzie said...

meb said: Just felt I needed to correct myself ... and Sizzie, I can't remember who the female is on Life... I'll have to pay attention this week when I watch it.

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Wait until you see, because it really sort of fits there, too. Pretty dark haired girl whose father is also in the plot. She is always frowning and her new boss/boyfriend looks unkempt. The frowny one on Mentalist was in The Two Mr. Kissels. She played a mentally unbalanced woman.

nomad said...

I felt they were just goofing around. Pheonix had to hold back laughter sometimes, and the thing with the gum (putting it under the table, then taking it back again when the clip was about to begin) seemed very intentional.
I don't usually watch Letterman, but last night I was up late and this segment caught my eye because it was so unique.
I think that was what they were going for, something unique, not the regular old interview/promotion spiel that I (and perhaps others) find a little boring.

Sydney said...

REmember when Jim Carrey went to some award show dressed totally incognito -0-- fullbeard, tiedyed shirt, modern bellbottoms, a scraggly brown beard and glasses? He was in character the whole night, and no one even knew who he was. He went up and presented in character and people were like -- oh.. That's Jim Carrey?? oh yeah, that's something he'd do...but then he never broke out of it and seriously acted so wierd that no one could laugh. He never explained it, it was not prep for some movie he'd been making, no reason. Never has appeared as him again.

Joaquin Phoenix is notoriously a heavy, deep dude, one who hides in his hole and does the work. He came from a hippie type family -- though they raised a bunch of talent children (albeit with names that'd give the Palin's a run for it). His uber talented younger brother River of course died of a tragic drug overdose on the sidewalk in LA in front of the VIper room, a club he co-owned, at only 21 or so... who knows if it's all come to this, or it's a total spoof or he's pulling a Carey.

Anonymous said...

from what i just hear rp is no longer going to be an actor. instead he wants to now be a rock star.

the letterman appearance was most likely a publicity stunt to draw attention to himself so he hopefully has a smooth transition. -jeannemarie

coffeerama said...

it’s hard to tell whether Joaquin Phoenix was faking it or not during that Letterman appearance, especially since he’s such a talented actor…

sizzie said...

The more times I see this clip the more fake it seems. In fact, I don't think the beard even looks real...and it must be. I know distrubed people (sad to say) and JP's disturbed person personna doesn't quite fit.

Thanks for the topic, Jackie.