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Joaquin Phoenix's Letterman Appearance -- HUH?!

Joaquin Phoenix's Letterman Appearance -- HUH?!

Joaquin Phoenix dropped by The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday to promote his latest movie, Two Lovers.

The 34-year-old actor keeps his head down during most of the interview and doesn’t get very chatty. He even forgets his costar’s name — Gwyneth Paltrow!

In between the many awkward silences, Dave pokes fun at Joaquin‘s new look, asking, “What can you tell us about your days with the Unabomber?”

Joaquin does confirm he quit acting to pursue music. However, the audience does burst into laughter when he says he’s recording “more hip-hop music.”

Dave indirectly tells Joaquin it’s rude to chew gum during an interview. Joaquin then takes the gum out of his mouth and sticks it underneath Dave‘s desk!!! Dave ends the interview, saying, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.”

Watch the must-see interview below. Two Lovers opens in theaters TOMORROW!

Joaquin Phoenix’s Letterman Appearance
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  • ri23

    Totally fake.

  • J.

    He is the best comedian. I love that he doesnt give in although everyone says its fake. I wonder how long he will be able to keep it going. and a backstage report of letterman would be great…

  • Yikes!!

    He’s a FREAKSHOW!!!!!

  • Mami

    Fake fake fake. Dave can’t act to save his life.

  • dabu

    Dave is a wonderful host! He is so good about taking anything the guests throw at him and making the audience laugh.

  • lavagirl

    Crikey that was painful to watch. Joaquin clearly doesn’t want to be there but was probably pushed to do some press by the film studio. Please be kind to him as I really think the guy is fighting with some inner demons. Let’s just hope he doesn’t end up like his brother Phoenix.

  • lola

    I definitely feel like Dave must have been on to this or maybe he had been warned, because he handled Joaquin very well. And to be honest, if Joaquin was this fucked up, would his handlers really let him appear on the show? Afterall, he never did press for the movie up to this point.

  • monoi

    The audience is SO stupid.

  • elanenergy

    His appearance def had and Andy Kaufman vibe….and yet, very disturbing, ’cause what if the dude is in need of an intervention and we’re all just laughing away at his schick. Very uncomfortable position he’s put us in…….wtf??????

  • hollywould

    Screw him..Im not watching his lame ass movie if he cant have the decency to act sane during an interview to promote it. I dont care if its fake or an is still LAME-O!

  • sowhat

    Whatever it is has backfired. I think he’s totally alienated his fans and his movie will tank.

  • Lacey

    What is Joaquin on? And where can I get some? :P

  • jolly

    it’s real.

  • teri

    I’m sorry but I don’t find him at all very cute going on a show and being all fu*#ed up or whatever you call it. I see another Amy W. in the making, someone better straighten him out. And no I don’t think he was putting on a show, I find it very sad.

  • gerard Vandenberg

    HILARIOUS, folks!!
    Looking like GRIZZLY ADAMS goes better every day.

  • Anon

    I think Joaquin is having some kind of breakdown. I also think that in the past, he has used controlled substances illegally, and he used to drink…a lot. Don’t know if he still does or if he is zoned out on pills. But he is not well, this is not a joke or a fake out. He needs to be put in some kind of hospital. If this was a total joke David Letterman would not have been as kind and gentle as he was. I almost cried when Letterman said it would be ashame if he quit acting. Dave was really trying to work with him last night. By heart breaks for Joaquin. I read something that he was right there hold his brother River, when River died on the sidewalk long time ago. He was also a very close good friend of Heath Ledger. People say Heath dying triggered some setback and Jaoquin has been unraveling a little at a time ever since.Right now, Heath is getting major attention because of all the awards. I think Joaquin is reminded of terrible memories from his brother and from Heath.

  • Anita

    I don’t get anyone thinking that was hilarious. That was pathetic. In my mind I’d say Jaoquin needs some prayers. Something is terribly wrong.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    What the hell has happened to him?!

  • Whats up

    didn’t that entire family start by living on the streets in hollywood and making kids perform for money?

    anyway if it is a hoax on jaoquin’s side, he needs to find a more useful way to get attention. acting like a drug addict on letterman isn’t productive.

  • mery

    I don’t think Joaquin was joking. I thing he is very bad.

  • adriana

    hahaha omg i was watching this yesterday
    my guess is that he’s on drugs

  • hank

    i watched the interview last night. i didn’t think he took the laughing at him part too well. seemed he couldn’t wait to get out. it was awkward to say the least.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    This is making me more uncomfortable by the minute.

  • anais

    I think Joaquin is definitely acting here ! He’s a good talented complexe guy, and I bet he’s on to something, like a kind of performance, and that’s huge ! Wondering where this is going….but I trust the man !!

  • zzzz

    He’s either acting like he’s mentally ill, or he is mentally ill. Neither is funny, and it’s a shame because he’s such a gifted actor.

  • Marela

    Hilarious, very obvious this was just an act. And Letterman is simply the best, love him. I wish Joaquin would do more movies, he is an amazing actor.

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  • Sungddss

    I read somewhere that this is all part of a “movie” he is doing with Casey Affleck and that he is just playing a character which by coincidence goes through some sort of breakdown

  • Iz

    That was hilarious, I LOVE DAVID LETTERMAN!

  • Whats up

    zzzzzz—what person have you ever met who makes a living off acting is “normal”? in hollywood there are only many states of abnormal and drug use is considered “normal”. so if anything is impeding his “talent” its himself imo.

  • wachagunnaduboutit

    if this is for real, this guy is digging his own grave, what a stupid fuck to let go something the whole world wants… he has talent too, acting talent, what a waste of it!!! sad all around

  • Jughed

    great clip! :)

  • LaLaLa

    I am extremely irritated on the audience. Laughing all the time, though they don’t know if this is fake or not. Do they think mental illness is fun?? Disturbing!

  • gjc

    “Tell us about your days with the uni-bomber.”
    LOL!!! I love Letterman.

  • Katie

    I’m hoping that his appearance and personality is all for a movie role…like he’s staying in character or researching or something.

  • autumn

    I think he’s very interesting and David was pretty rude

  • Anonymous

    #36: I agree with you, that was really very petty and trivial of Dave to use his audience against the guy just because he has a beard and is reticent. Some people, often the best actors, are like that. It was like Dave didn’t know whether to insult or compliment………..and the audience was irritatingly stupid.

  • Magan

    Whatever it was, I felt embarrassed for him! If he doesn’t want to be a sex symbol, fine, then don’t go into public where the photogs will be. No one will take him seriously looking like bum.

  • robertholik

    elanenergy. Definitely. Remember when Andy Kaufman was on and they just kept looking at each other and not talking much? This is it…

    Or, as Anon said.

    It could be that he’s sick of Hollywood, maybe on drugs or something. If that’s the case then he needs to go to detox PRONTO.

    We’ll never know, hopefully, not too late…

  • Anonymous

    This is a comedy show, Phoenix should have gone on Charlie Rose. Talking to a clown gets you a pie in the face and a laugh track. Letterman needs to get out of the celebrity bubble and wake up to reality.

  • Logan

    His interviews are always uncomfortable to watch. I think this one is fake, though I am surprised he managed to get through it considering how nervous he usually is during them. I was a big fan, but he is an a$$hole. He is screwing over everyone associated with Two Lovers for his stupid vanity project. I don’t think I will ever have respect for him again.

  • Carrie

    It’s painful to watch that interview….I have compassion for him but instead of throwing away his acting talent and entering into hip-hop or rap music he and those who have followed his career would have been better served had he gone into a permanent addiction healing program. Although he’s a great actor, this is not an act but under the influence of something. So sad, Joaquin, love your extraordinary acting….please get help.

    The Academy unfairly gave the Oscar to another when he deserved it for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”. He should have received the best male actor award when Reese won the best actress award that year. Johnny Depp finally discovered a way to balance his own eccentricity with acting and playing the game in Hollywood (as necessary to be acknowledged for his work) however Joaquin Phoenix never learned to do so and, unfortunately, threw-in the towel and it would appear is on the road towards self-sabotage.

  • Ashley Banks’ analyst

    “Please Joaquin, I know you said you are getting out but people who have invested a lot of money will tell you that you are contractually obligated to promote the film!”
    “You want some promotion? I’ll give you some promotion! “

  • hottest couple ever

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I can’t wait to see his hip hop act.

  • blarrrggghhh

    Its totally a stunt. He’s playing a character. No matter what situation you’re in (in his case, the film industry), the absurdity of it all makes some people need to shake things up a bit. Its probably more amusing for him than for us to watch. And I’m sure the fact that we (the world) watches makes it all the more interesting and worthwhile for him. Maybe in the end we’ll get a nice (although trite) art house documentary from Joaquin and Casey Affleck on the spectacle of celebrity. And if they do, then, Joaquin nothing is more interesting than the real thing. You’re a part of it, we’re a part of it. So you do you and we’ll keep watching.

  • lollipop

    Stunt or no stunt. It wasn’t funny in the least bit. Sad all the way around. If he doesn’t like the business fine then get the h*ll out. There are hundreds more willing to take his place.

    Documentary my *ss! Does he think anybody gives a rat’s *ss if he pretends to do a unab*mber stunt? Doesn’t he have anything more productive up his sleeve?

    I think Casey Affleck is disgusting for enabling this guy’s bizarre antics when he clearly needs some help. Sooo not funny.

  • killershoes

    Yanking your chain and laughing inside. There are NO more good movies to make.

  • Naima

    #24 I agree with you, yes he’s had a history of drug abuse in the past but I think he’s a brilliant actor and that is exactly what he’s doing here. I think it was hillarious and awkward which is what he intended, he and Casey Affleck are messing with the public.

    If this man was having a serious mental breakdown or a serious drug problem do you think Casey would be following him around with a camera?? Casey is a good guy and would never jeopardize his own career, plus I highly doubt he would be treating his wife’s brother this way given the tragedy of River’s death. So take it easy people because this may all be a joke rather than a public meltdown lol..

  • Erin

    I’m starting to think he’s making fun of Justin Bobby off The Hills.

  • blarrrggghhh

    I doubt he’s mental (at least any more mental than most people). He’s probably bored and fed up. I never watched the video of him rapping (big eyeroll). This is the first time I’ve ssen him in this character. Like I said, probably more fun and interesting for him. And if that’s the case, like Lollipop said, he should get out. No sense in staying in Hollywood if your over it. But maybe its too tempting to resist no matter how much he doesn’t like it or mocks it.