Joaquin Phoenix

codergrrl's picture

Are we watching him unravel in real time, or is he pulling an "Andy Kaufman/Sascha Baron Cohen" type deal?
Is he destroying his career or a serious method actor who has something else up his sleeve?

http://lateshow.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/video_player/index/php/978097.phtml

stillLife's picture

I don't know but I was

I don't know but I was cracking up when I read that article. I can't believe he put his gum under Letterman's desk.

rtsaidred's picture

I heard it's all a ruse. I

I heard it's all a ruse. I hear that he and some relative are filming a documentary.

BenPhila's picture

Its a total hoax... and not

Its a total hoax... and not even an original one at that.
Nobody is buying it, and it seems to be backfiring on him and Kasey Affleck (the guy who is "documenting" all of his totally staged exploits.)

Its going to be in some kind of Borat-type of movie in a year or so..just wait.
Although now maybe not since everybody is calling B.S. on his "breakdown".

It was funny/shocking when Kaufman did it..
This is just.."meh'..it's been done, dude."

Kat's picture

I don't buy it either. It

I don't buy it either. It kinda bugs me. I really thought he was a good actor.

codergrrl's picture

I think the best part of his

I think the best part of his Letterman apprearance was it brought to the fore how sharp Letterman really is, when he has something to work with. I love me some "Angry Dave".
I don't know how any fan of real comedy can watch Jay Leno at this point, he has so completely sold out.

george's picture

codergrrl wrote:I think the

codergrrl wrote:

I think the best part of his Letterman apprearance was it brought to the fore how sharp Letterman really is, when he has something to work with. I love me some "Angry Dave".
I don't know how any fan of real comedy can watch Jay Leno at this point, he has so completely sold out.

Leno is only (marginally) funny when he has props to work with. His comedic timing is still VERY good, but the material is usually pretty stale and the Tonight Show has long been the repository of safe, non-combative humor combined with mass-appeal guests. He's hamstrung there, even though he has done little (if anything) to break from it.

It'll be the same once Conan takes over. I LOVE the guy---especially the absurdist, borderline obscene writers he's always had surrounding him (he's one of them, after all) but is there ANY question the Tonight Show wet towel will dampen down the show? Especially with the move from New York?

Letterman is rarely the tiger he used to be but I can't help but still like him. He's VERY good when he goes "serious" these days, and CBS should let him do more of it.

It'll be interesting to see how Jimmy Fallon does replacing Conan. I think it has a chance to be pretty good.

yeah yeah's picture

Who is he? Never heard of

Who is he? Never heard of him.

rtsaidred's picture

yeah yeah wrote:Who is he?

yeah yeah wrote:

Who is he? Never heard of him.

Pretty well known actor. He's been nominated twice for actor Oscars. Played the fantastically creapy Commodus in Gladiator. Played Johnny Cash in Walk the Line with Reese Witherspoon. Brother to River Phoenix who died of an OD. More here:

Joaquin Phoenix

th's picture

Letterman is the best. "Wish

Letterman is the best. "Wish you could have joined us this evening." Had me rolling.

biggeo's picture

i watched the clip thought

i watched the clip thought it was pretty funny,letterman is the best

dan's picture

Did anybody see Steven

Did anybody see Steven Wright on Craig Ferguson last night?
was that supposed to be a Joaquin Phoenix joke?

Carlucci's picture

It was fun to see Phoenix

It was fun to see Phoenix disturb the common "talk show host & guest" formula, which can get kind've generic and almost predictable. The gum under the desk was definitely a big rub-in that you can tell got under Letterman's skin. Whatever the case, the whole thing was a great marketing gag for his new film, which he didn't even talk about, as well as for Letterman.