Actor (and now musician) Joaquin Phoenix appeared as a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman this week to promote his new film which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow. The Walk The Line star’s appearance on the Late Show has been described by Times Online as “shambolic” and the Telegraph says it’s “odd”.
Joaquin was behaving very strangely and only responding to Letterman’s questions briefly – sometimes with only a few words. The actor has recently announced he’s giving up acting to launch a rap music career. Joaquin has changed his appearance dramaitcally since starring in Walk The Line – he now sports a full beard.
There has been some suggestion the whole thing is an act and he’s really being like this for a Hollywood mockumentary like Spinal Tap as he’s been filmed a lot recently led by Casey Affleck. When he was confronted about this elsewhere recently he replied “there’s not a hoax… might I be ridiculous… might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention”.
When he become a bit less despondent during the Late Show interview, he mentioned how he’d like to come back on and perform some of his new songs at some point, but Letterman said “that seems unlikely… I’ll keep you in our Rolodex”. Another bizarre moment in the interview was when Phoenix asked Dave what happened to his thumb. Dave said “it’s just a little cuticle mishap”.
After they played a clip of the Joaquin’s new film (which he seemed to know little about – saying he hadn’t seen the film yet), Letterman closed with “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight”.
Do you think it’s a hoax? Watch the interview below;