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02.12.2009
By now everyone is wondering what on earth is up with Joaquin Phoenix? Is his new unabomber look and rap career the sign of a man who's lost his marbles, or an elaborate hoax in which we've all fallen victim? Whatever the case may be, following this bizarre chain of events sure has been entertaining, and the fun shows no sign of stopping. A bewildered and spacy Mr. Phoenix appeared on Letterman last night and gave an interview that will go down as a classic alongside Farah Fawcett, Charlie Kauffman and Crispin Glover to name a few. And as usual, Letterman was in fine form, handling the awkward situation like a seasoned pro.

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2:58PM on 02/14/2009
Luke319

Dude, Joblo ALWAYS names a death headline as R.I.P followed by the name. Even if he didnt, how rude is Joblo for simply saying someone is "gone" and referring to them as being dead... Anyways. This is a hoax. A amazingly awesome hoax and Im sure we will all see this in stores or theathers since its being filmed by Casey Affleck. I wouldnt even out it passed him if Letterman was involved. Its GREAT comedy.
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Dude, Joblo ALWAYS names a death headline as R.I.P followed by the name. Even if he didnt, how rude is Joblo for simply saying someone is "gone" and referring to them as being dead... Anyways. This is a hoax. A amazingly awesome hoax and Im sure we will all see this in stores or theathers since its being filmed by Casey Affleck. I wouldnt even out it passed him if Letterman was involved. Its GREAT comedy.
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2:29PM on 02/13/2009
Yeah, it's a good viral video. Joaqin is known for pranking interviewers, though Letterman was probably in on the joke. And there's the moment when Paul laughs and he looks over his shoulder to ask if he's kidding, why was a camera man there to get that shot?
Yeah, it's a good viral video. Joaqin is known for pranking interviewers, though Letterman was probably in on the joke. And there's the moment when Paul laughs and he looks over his shoulder to ask if he's kidding, why was a camera man there to get that shot?
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2:39AM on 02/13/2009
Well Gameslave, look at it this way. If they do in fact release a documentary (since IMDb already has a page up about it) about this whole... let's call it a series of events, then maybe it'll get nominated for an Oscar and win.
Well Gameslave, look at it this way. If they do in fact release a documentary (since IMDb already has a page up about it) about this whole... let's call it a series of events, then maybe it'll get nominated for an Oscar and win.
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2:34AM on 02/13/2009

fuck the people on here who say

he's an asshole wether this is a hoax or not. this was funny, and if he was REALLY fucked up like you idiots think he is, he wouldn't be on letterman.
this is an act, Borat style.
its very funny and its down right creepy that its so convincing, he deserves an oscar for this.
he's an asshole wether this is a hoax or not. this was funny, and if he was REALLY fucked up like you idiots think he is, he wouldn't be on letterman.
this is an act, Borat style.
its very funny and its down right creepy that its so convincing, he deserves an oscar for this.
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2:24AM on 02/13/2009
This thing HAS to be fake. Some elaborate hoax where after an indefinite length, Casey and Joaquin are gonna laugh about it and arrogantly proclaim that they fooled us all and that they were just testing the media and its relentlessness or something along those bullshit lines.

Either that or he has pissed away a great movie career.
This thing HAS to be fake. Some elaborate hoax where after an indefinite length, Casey and Joaquin are gonna laugh about it and arrogantly proclaim that they fooled us all and that they were just testing the media and its relentlessness or something along those bullshit lines.

Either that or he has pissed away a great movie career.
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2:12AM on 02/13/2009
Seems like an act to me and kind of a funny one at that, but still fuckin' weird man...
Seems like an act to me and kind of a funny one at that, but still fuckin' weird man...
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11:31PM on 02/12/2009
It's an act...for those of you who consider yourselves at least amateur students of human facial expressions, look at Wah-keen at these times:

2:45
3:07
7:42
8:23
10:20

He's dying to laugh and purposefully suppressing it.
It's an act...for those of you who consider yourselves at least amateur students of human facial expressions, look at Wah-keen at these times:

2:45
3:07
7:42
8:23
10:20

He's dying to laugh and purposefully suppressing it.
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9:06PM on 02/12/2009

HILARIOUS

This is obviously a joke. I just cracked up throughout the whole thing. It would be sad if he really was giving up acting though because he's great.

I found it funny how Dave said every actor is "tremendous." I love Letterman but he could have used a few different adjectives.
This is obviously a joke. I just cracked up throughout the whole thing. It would be sad if he really was giving up acting though because he's great.

I found it funny how Dave said every actor is "tremendous." I love Letterman but he could have used a few different adjectives.
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6:36PM on 02/12/2009

Dipshit

He's acting like the struggling, people don't get me, tortured artist crap. Cool, if this is what you want to portray, an aloof artist that has now turned into this introspective character, then so be it. But don't come on a very popular TALK program and then act like you are uncomfortable and don't want to be there. Wakeen doesn't have to be there. He made the decision to go on Letterman to promote the movie Two Lovers. Answer the simple questions and don't be rude to Dave to make some stupid
He's acting like the struggling, people don't get me, tortured artist crap. Cool, if this is what you want to portray, an aloof artist that has now turned into this introspective character, then so be it. But don't come on a very popular TALK program and then act like you are uncomfortable and don't want to be there. Wakeen doesn't have to be there. He made the decision to go on Letterman to promote the movie Two Lovers. Answer the simple questions and don't be rude to Dave to make some stupid statement. I'm through with caring about what this new character does. I'll come around when Wakeen the actor returns.
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6:08PM on 02/12/2009
This HAS to be a joke... right?

If you watch the other videos where Dave deals with crazy guests, he's not as outspoken and comfortable as he is here.

But then again, Joaquin's performance is damn convincing... I don't like it.

Whatever the outcome is, fake or real, he's going to look like an asshole. He's either going to be a crazy asshole, or a [link] asshole.

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This HAS to be a joke... right?

If you watch the other videos where Dave deals with crazy guests, he's not as outspoken and comfortable as he is here.

But then again, Joaquin's performance is damn convincing... I don't like it.

Whatever the outcome is, fake or real, he's going to look like an asshole. He's either going to be a crazy asshole, or a [link] asshole.

Sad.
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4:24PM on 02/12/2009
that was fn hilarious... this is definately a joke. I just wonder how long he'll keep it up.
that was fn hilarious... this is definately a joke. I just wonder how long he'll keep it up.
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4:04PM on 02/12/2009
i also think its a joke with casey affleck
i also think its a joke with casey affleck
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2:24PM on 02/12/2009
Damn! That's some Andy Kaufman shit right there!
Damn! That's some Andy Kaufman shit right there!
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1:45PM on 02/12/2009
This has to be a work. It's just a big joke between Phoenix and Casey Affleck.
This has to be a work. It's just a big joke between Phoenix and Casey Affleck.
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1:32PM on 02/12/2009

Rick Rubin Impression?

I like the theory that maybe he is working on his method acting for a film which he would play music producer Rick Rubin who began his career in R&B.
I like the theory that maybe he is working on his method acting for a film which he would play music producer Rick Rubin who began his career in R&B.
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1:25PM on 02/12/2009

SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL

on a oneway road to an overdose just like big brother River
on a oneway road to an overdose just like big brother River
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12:59PM on 02/12/2009

Dave implys that he's high...

I don't think its a coincidence when a talented, on-his-feet comedian like Letterman thanks Joaquin for his "High Praise" toward the end of the clip.

I'm willing to buy into the theory that its all a hoax for the documentary, but if not, weed definitely explains all his behavior.
I don't think its a coincidence when a talented, on-his-feet comedian like Letterman thanks Joaquin for his "High Praise" toward the end of the clip.

I'm willing to buy into the theory that its all a hoax for the documentary, but if not, weed definitely explains all his behavior.
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12:39PM on 02/12/2009
He had to have been high, I'm just not sure one what. Either way, that was quite entertaining.
He had to have been high, I'm just not sure one what. Either way, that was quite entertaining.
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12:37PM on 02/12/2009

That was genius

Just a kick in the balls to everyone in Hollywood that takes themselves too serious.
Just a kick in the balls to everyone in Hollywood that takes themselves too serious.
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12:08PM on 02/12/2009
what are guys talking about? He's high as a kite. That's why he's all uncomfortable, has sunglasses on, seems lost, and sometimes laughs at Dave's jokes. Pretty obvious, but funny as hell.
what are guys talking about? He's high as a kite. That's why he's all uncomfortable, has sunglasses on, seems lost, and sometimes laughs at Dave's jokes. Pretty obvious, but funny as hell.
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11:09AM on 02/12/2009
Definitely is a hoax. Like people said...hes looking down a lot to not laugh. And when he does laugh he tries to save it by saying something. And then when asked about the music hes all fine. Then at the end of the interview....the shades come off and all is good. I too thought this was very Andy Kaufman...who was a genius.

Also lets not forget Letterman was in on the Kaufman vs Jerry The King Lawler feud too.
Definitely is a hoax. Like people said...hes looking down a lot to not laugh. And when he does laugh he tries to save it by saying something. And then when asked about the music hes all fine. Then at the end of the interview....the shades come off and all is good. I too thought this was very Andy Kaufman...who was a genius.

Also lets not forget Letterman was in on the Kaufman vs Jerry The King Lawler feud too.
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10:53AM on 02/12/2009

BRILLIANT

A+

i didn't scroll down to the comments but i'm assuming everyone is saying either "andy kaufman" or "crispin glover"
A+

i didn't scroll down to the comments but i'm assuming everyone is saying either "andy kaufman" or "crispin glover"
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10:45AM on 02/12/2009

An Act

Okay, this is definitely an act because...
1)He often cracks at Dave's jests. and is constantly looking down to avoid giving himself away

2)In the full clip where he's leaving, he gets up, removes glasses, and shakes Daves hand. But listen carefully and you'll hear him say "Good Job"
Okay, this is definitely an act because...
1)He often cracks at Dave's jests. and is constantly looking down to avoid giving himself away

2)In the full clip where he's leaving, he gets up, removes glasses, and shakes Daves hand. But listen carefully and you'll hear him say "Good Job"
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10:10AM on 02/12/2009
I don't know.....either this is a hoax OR he is possesed by Andy Kaufman. I think it's the later.
I don't know.....either this is a hoax OR he is possesed by Andy Kaufman. I think it's the later.
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9:45AM on 02/12/2009

Just had enough

Phoenix comes from a famous family and has been under the spotlight since childhood; who can blame him for having had enough of it and not caring anymore what people think of him?

Besides, as long as he doesn't dangle a baby from a balcony or have little boys spend the night at his place, he's fine.
Phoenix comes from a famous family and has been under the spotlight since childhood; who can blame him for having had enough of it and not caring anymore what people think of him?

Besides, as long as he doesn't dangle a baby from a balcony or have little boys spend the night at his place, he's fine.
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9:07AM on 02/12/2009

hoax for sure

this is a hoax for sure, just look at rap there are barley any people who are 30 yers old and raping let alone almost 40 and come on rapping? He owul have been better suited to do rock music as I wold have probably believed that.
this is a hoax for sure, just look at rap there are barley any people who are 30 yers old and raping let alone almost 40 and come on rapping? He owul have been better suited to do rock music as I wold have probably believed that.
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9:02AM on 02/12/2009
Definitely an act. Remember that red carpet long ago where he acted all F'ed up and starting asking the reporter if there was a frog on his face? I saw an interview afterwards with him saying he just did it because he and his friends thought it would be funny.

Let's say, I really hope it's an act. The guys a great actor, and a comic genius if this is a big joke. Very Andy Kaufman.
Definitely an act. Remember that red carpet long ago where he acted all F'ed up and starting asking the reporter if there was a frog on his face? I saw an interview afterwards with him saying he just did it because he and his friends thought it would be funny.

Let's say, I really hope it's an act. The guys a great actor, and a comic genius if this is a big joke. Very Andy Kaufman.
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8:56AM on 02/12/2009

its an act and here is why

i think it is all an act, reason being Casey Affleck is filming a documentary on Joaquin trying to become a rapper over the next year. the Afflecks seem to have there shit together, so if Joaquin was this F'ed up on drugs I am sure they would be trying to intervene.

if johny knoxville and that crazy crew made steveO go to re-hab then i am sure the afflecks would of made Joaquin go by now, my vote is an ACT
i think it is all an act, reason being Casey Affleck is filming a documentary on Joaquin trying to become a rapper over the next year. the Afflecks seem to have there shit together, so if Joaquin was this F'ed up on drugs I am sure they would be trying to intervene.

if johny knoxville and that crazy crew made steveO go to re-hab then i am sure the afflecks would of made Joaquin go by now, my vote is an ACT
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8:28AM on 02/12/2009
That was fuckin genius. Possibly the greatest interview I've ever seen. I believe it to be a hoax too, but if this "documentary" ever comes out I think he should at least get nominated for Best Actor. Cuz it's incredible that he was able to keep his composure during that. Hilarious to the maximum.
That was fuckin genius. Possibly the greatest interview I've ever seen. I believe it to be a hoax too, but if this "documentary" ever comes out I think he should at least get nominated for Best Actor. Cuz it's incredible that he was able to keep his composure during that. Hilarious to the maximum.
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8:25AM on 02/12/2009
If it's a hoax, it's brillant. Or it's absolutely insane. Either way, my attenion is had.
If it's a hoax, it's brillant. Or it's absolutely insane. Either way, my attenion is had.
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8:00AM on 02/12/2009
Phoenix quit acting, huh? Nah, he is still a great actor... look at him go. Seriously, I think he's acting, but he's doing a great job, because it has to be tough staying in "character" for an interview like that. I'm enjoying this.
Phoenix quit acting, huh? Nah, he is still a great actor... look at him go. Seriously, I think he's acting, but he's doing a great job, because it has to be tough staying in "character" for an interview like that. I'm enjoying this.
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6:28AM on 02/12/2009
'This video is not available in your country or domain' AAAARGH!

So havent seen this video but I do get the whole, andy kaufman kind of vibe from what phoenix is doing.
'This video is not available in your country or domain' AAAARGH!

So havent seen this video but I do get the whole, andy kaufman kind of vibe from what phoenix is doing.
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5:36AM on 02/12/2009

Correction

As Deja Vu said, Phoenix is acting. You can even hear him say "good job" to Dave at the end of the clip, when he takes his glasses off and turns his back to the camera.

Also, it's Andy Kaufman I think you're referring to, not Charlie Kaufman. Although Charlie Kaufman also makes for an uncomfortable interview, so it's all good. :)
As Deja Vu said, Phoenix is acting. You can even hear him say "good job" to Dave at the end of the clip, when he takes his glasses off and turns his back to the camera.

Also, it's Andy Kaufman I think you're referring to, not Charlie Kaufman. Although Charlie Kaufman also makes for an uncomfortable interview, so it's all good. :)
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5:11AM on 02/12/2009

That headline made me think he had died

Might want to be a little more careful with how you phrase things in the future.
Might want to be a little more careful with how you phrase things in the future.
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4:50AM on 02/12/2009

hoax.


hoax.
casey affleck is making a documentary and let it slip its for lulz.
thats when i lost interest.

hoax.
casey affleck is making a documentary and let it slip its for lulz.
thats when i lost interest.
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