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Did Joaquin Phoenix Pull A Crispin Glover On Letterman's Wednesday LATE SHOW??

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I have a friend who hangs out at the Ed Sullivan Theater and he’s pretty good at alerting me to crazy “Late Show” weirdness that turns up on “The Soup” and “Entertainment Tonight” and the Stern show and the gay gossip blogs shortly thereafter. Here’s what’s doing for Wednesday night’s show:
Joaquin Phoenix was on the show tonight. And it was a bizarre 2 segment interview. He came out looking kind of lost with his big crazy beard, didn't answer questions, seemed rattled when the audience laughed at dave taking some jabs at his weird behavior. It was reminiscent of Crispin Glover.
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  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by believe_it

    ooooh la la.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Uh, "Talk Soup"'s been off the air since 2002, Herc...

    by FilmCritic3000

    "The Soup", however, is perhaps what you're thinking of. As for Phoenix, I forsee trainwreck television and I'll be watching.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by jsm1978

    That watchmen tie in advertisement is a little disturbing...

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    no article for tonight's new LOST?

    by TheSeeker7


  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    That Crispin Glover video is insane

    by Crow3711

    How did he possibly ever recover from that in any way? I mean, he obviously never completely did, as hes still mildly obscure, but hes in movies and stuff. I mean, that was one of the crazier things I've ever seen a person do. I guess it being 1987 helps, no youtube etc. That shit would never go away

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    The Lost TB is one or two articles down in the Coax...try poking around a little more next time...?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "I can kick...."

    by hst666

    That small phrase has always stuck with me (spoken like Crispin). I watched that at the time and it was awesome. I felt bad for him. He had had Back to the Future and River's Edge and never really recovered after this.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Can we agree...

    by Christopher3

    That this isn't all an elaborate hoax, and that Mr. Phoenix indeed has lost his damn mind?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I think Joaquin went a little bonkers

    by Crow3711

    No doubt. But think he has always been pretty out there. It's probably just getting more public. Maybe he just doesn't care what any one thinks, or maybe he isn't sober. I think it's fairly obvious Crispin Glover is on some sort of substance in that video. I mean, I'm not judging, I like drugs plenty and support people's right to get fucked up, I'm just saying, that guy was fucked up. If he wasn't on something, then he would be in a mental institution. Sober people who aren't genuinely insane don't talk like that.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    "You want to arm wrestle Dave?"

    by otm shank


  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Yay, I love acid!

    by Mr.Twist

    But I read once that Crispin was supposedly trying out a new character in that Letterman interview. Never seen it confirmed, and Glover denies the Letterman incident ever happening when asked about it in interviews. Interesting that in the Letterman debacle when Glover is reading from the gossip articles the phrase "acid frenzy" is edited out; as in "Crispin Glover was in an acid frenzy." Anyway, here's the movie that Glover was supposedly testing the character for: 4944/tt0102817

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I saw the original broadcast...

    by Darryll

    I was a huge Letterman geek at that time and this Crispin Glover interview, along with the Sonny and Cher reunion were infamous. Letterman was on fire during this period. He got pretty tame/lame after leaving NBC.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Mr. Twist

    by Darryll

    Fuck Yeah, It's been years but I saw that movie and laughed my ass off in disbelief. What a crazy flick. I think Crispin was trying to distance himself from Mcfly at that time. Job well done. Didn't he also invent that whole list of reasons why Chuck Norris is god thing a while back?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Joaquin is obviously putting together some kind of mockumentry

    by Bass Ackwards

    He's retired from acting to launch his music rap, all the while being filmed by Casey Affleck. Sounds like their attempt at a Borat-style comedy.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    So obviously a joke...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    ...was Crispin Glover secretly a comic genius?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    dude takes himself WAY too seriously...

    by quantize

    remove head from ass and get on with the job of making great films

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    i hope it is some sort of mockumentry

    by Mr_X

    cause if it isn't, those nearest and dear needs to do some sort of intervention and get that man some help. I dont need to see someone breakdown and die bit by bit before my eyes. And with amy winehouse it came frighteningly close

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Casey Affleck is a dead giveaway

    by drewlicious

    It's a little hard to believe that anyone would gladly document their brother-in-laws public implosion.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover was trying to be a performance artist

    by 300 monkeys

    Guys, just in case you missed it: Crispin Glover was trying to be a performance artist, kind of like Andy Kaufman, only he wasn't very good at it, but this IS a performance NOT an interview. And I think he's recovered pretty well - he's by far the best thing in Zemeckis' Beowulf, and he's got a plum role in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland coming up.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing that shit! I didn't watch the show

    by CreasyBear

    all the time when I was a kid (my older brother would watch it pretty regularly), but I was lucky to catch that bit of insanity. Also caught the Larry Bud Melman at the Port Authority moment of TV history.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Jingle Dell from Wild at Heart.

    by Julius Dithers

    Crispin Glover had no lines but he had a fucked up fetish. Since so many have advocated it, I'll always wonder what his performance would have been as the Joker in TDK.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Joaquin pulls an Andy Kaufman

    by C0ns

    That's it folks, nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    And come on Herc

    by C0ns

    Whu not toss up something about Conan's last show? Another epic guest appearance by Norm Macdonald. Best guest ever.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Nice headline

    by rassmguy

    Seriously, guys.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Julius Dithers

    by ugh

    just when i was mellowing out for the evening, you had to drop a suggestion on having Crispin Glover in TDK -- and i'm thinking you're fucking brilliant just for the suggestion alone! Glover could so easily fill the role of a Gotham villain. My suggestion would be Temple Fugate, aka The Clock King (at least the modern incarnation).

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I"M MAKING MY LUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Broseph

    That scene always made me laugh and creeped me out

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by wash

    It's well known that The Brothers of Actors More Famous Than Themselves are doing some rip-off Andy Kaufman type movie project.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover, On Letterman, Was Performance Art

    by Media Messiah

    Letterman just didn't get the joke, but Glover was brilliant that night???!!!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Letterman and Glover

    by BobParr

    Letterman is funny but he was a total prick that night and let Glover drown. He was the host and should have tried to rescue him. Crispin Glover is actually a pretty good actor with more range than he is given credit for.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Joaquin is not acting

    by BobParr

    The guy is not a comedian or character actor like Crispin Glover. He's a friggen A-list leading man movie star that has crapped it all away because he's fucked up on drugs. He'll eventually go into rehab and be interviewed by Barbara Walters and will become the next Bruce Banner or something.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Joaquin Phoenix Close Friends and Family

    by ThePilgrim

    Should be fucking ashamed of themselves! They know what's really going on!!!! and they ain't doing shit to help him. <P> Oh and this thread isn't gossip.... Nooooo, it's cool news, right. Let's all watch and laugh and joke at this active drug abuser. Let's sit on our hands and watch him crash and burn and possible die!! and then we can question why it happened after it's all over. <P> Let's all enjoy the fucking show while it lasts... Makes me sick. <P>I lost a family member to drugs. You have to step in with certain cases/abusers. This is one of them. <P>Don't believe that tough love bullshit as law! <P> You have to put them on stage in front of everyone that really matters to them, and force them to be honest with themselves and seek help. <P> Oh he's an adult. It's his life, his choice, he needs to learn on his own and hit rock bottom. <P>Not like this man, not like this. With the the whole world playing a bystander role, including those who know him. Somebody fucking step in and don't back down until He Wants Help! Do it now before it's to late.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    mr twist glover was playing ruben from a movie he'd done

    by ironic_name

    called ruben and ed

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    They should put out a dvd...

    by shellfishh

    ...of all the old classic Dave moments.<br><br> Crispin Glover<br><br> Sonny and Cher<br><br> Cher calling him an asshole<br><br> Making Natassja Kinski cry<br><br>

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    On a lighter note: Crispin Glover's Follow Up

    by ThePilgrim<P> You have to watch this... Same clothing and everything. Many years later, and totally creepy cool. Guys real name is Ruben Farr and he was on the David Letterman show in 1987 not Crispin. Glover tried to tell Dave about him in his 1990 apperance. Look up that Youtube vid as well. Should have posted it under the David Letterman bit Herc!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    whoops wrong link

    by ThePilgrim

    That one is chopped down, heres the long one.<P>

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    actually thats the sequel

    by ThePilgrim

    I'm half out of it right now...

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    So the documentary coming out about Joaquin Phoenix is fake?

    by Sakurai

    Why else would he create a character and debut it on Letterman like Glover did? Or is your headline misleading?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Where fuck...

    by Rodo

    did the guy who wrote this article learn English? Does Joaquin PULLS a Glover???

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Well, he's just being a jerk

    by aversiontherapy2

    If he's playing some kind of character, it sucks; if he's being an ass because he has to do promotion and doesn't want to, he's being a bitch about it.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Im watching now and....

    by MrInsidious

    I have no idea whats happening. Is he being for real or is he about to enter rehab. If anyone has information let me know.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    It's on right now!

    by Crow3711

    This is hilarious! This is gonna be all over YouTube and shit tomorrow, I feel bad for him. He's just being so anti-social. He seems really sad to me. Like he thinks no one understands him or even tries to. But when you act like, its hard for people to want to try.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    How was your time with the Unabomber?

    by shellfishh


  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    He's real sick

    by ThePilgrim

    He shaking and everything. This is so funny. Not!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    I think it's clear he doesn't want to be there or have to promote the movie. He clearly isn't interested in this at all. I want to know what they said to him during the break. Doesn't he have an agent or something?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    that "unibomber" and "enjoying your time off" comment

    by ThePilgrim

    Class Act, David. Fucking Prick!

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    That seems unlikely.

    by shellfishh

    I don't know if it's legit or not, but this is bringing out Classic Dave-isms.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    "Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight."

    by Bob Cryptonight


  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    What's your problem Pilgrim?

    by shellfishh

    This is Dave's show. You come on his show and act like that, THAT'S WHAT YOU GET, THAT'S WHAT YOU DESERVE. <br><br> "Joaquin, "I'm sorry you couldn't be here, tonight."<br><br> "We owe Farrah Fawcett an apology." Fucking HILARIOUS.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    So everyone on Daves Show wants to be there

    by ThePilgrim

    It's not an agree promotional contract issue or anything like that... Dave didn't have to air it either..

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    After seeing this...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I'm convinced that it's performance art. He's fucking with the audience and Dave. Andy Kaufman did it first and did it better.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by VALENTINEproductions

    LOL this was classic.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Now I just feel bad

    by Crow3711

    That second segment was brutal. It got very antagonistic in the middle. Joaquin was never abrasive or disruptive, he was just quiet and really, just being honest. Not feeling like he has to entertain these people like a monkey. Why does every question have to come with an amusing anecdote? The maniacal laughter from Paul was a little much. No one will see it or spin it this way tomorrow, but that just wasn't fair. I'm surprised he didn't get more angry than he did when they were making fun of him so much, I certainly would have. I think he handled it fairly well for how he chose to play it.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Ha, Farrah Fawcett. Ahh, references.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    He should team up with Vincent Gallo

    by i_heart_hanso

    Maybe Joaquin can suck his dick at the end.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Wonder what Joaquin said??

    by Fechin

    At the end he stood up and took his glasses off and turned to face Dave and said something to Dave wonder what he said?

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Farrah Fawcett joke went over my head

    by George Newman

    that was shocking, i'm glad i tuned in

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    what's your fucking deal? phoenix has been like this for months in public. either its a performance or not, but he is not howard hughes... he is functioning in society. Dave was absolutely brilliant.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Just watched it

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    I'm pretty sure it's an act. You could tell he was trying not to laugh a few times and he came up with spontaneous stuff that was pretty funny like sticking the gum under the desk.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I was also laughin though

    by Crow3711

    I don't want to sound like some sympathetic blowhard. I certainly saw the humor/hilarity in that situation. If I were Dave I probably would have done the same thing. What else could he have done really? I'm just saying sometimes its nice to look at the other side and have some sympathy for the guy. He's gonna get crucified. Then again, I don't think the new "hip-hop" career is helping much. Yikes.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    A previous Letterman appearance for comparison

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    He told Dave he could fix that finger

    by ThePilgrim

    By shoving it where the sun don't shine.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Okay, Maybe he is acting

    by BobParr

    It seems like he's trying too hard. If he is pretending to be crazy then he's crazy for putting on this act. It's not funny- only weird. I find it hard to believe his "representation" would allow him to be on Letterman if he was really this nuts.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    did anybody notice that Phoenix took his glasses off as he stood up and shook Dave's hand again as they went to commercial? he turned his back to the audience and took his glasses off... it was weird. if its an act, which i think it may be, its brilliant.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    George Newman

    by shellfishh

    Farrah was on Dave a long time ago and appeared whacked out of her head.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    sorry fechin

    by JoseJones

    was typing my post before i saw you had the same idea.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Farrah joke

    by taking_up_space

    was in reference to her either drunken or drugged-looking appearance on his show many years ago, an all-time classic. If this was humor, it was awesome in being extremely uncomfortable like the UK Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm. If not, it was funny for different reasons.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    you will be quite the gullible little pussy when he reveals this was an act. its also curious that dave didn't say anything after the break

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Plain and simply fucked up!

    by i_heart_hanso

    It's not an act ladies and gentlemen.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Maybe Pilgrim

    by shellfishh

    would have preferred that Joaquin be on Leno. I won't speak for anyone else but I have always watched Dave because he won't let people pull this kind of shit (real or fake) without calling them on it. Even Jimmy Kimble (sic) wouldn't have let something like this go without comment.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    gullible little pussys

    by ThePilgrim

    Aint little. They are gaping, used, abused, infected and diseased. So now it's about me, huh. One hell of act even the skin colors playing a role...

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    For those crying foul

    by taking_up_space

    "Aw, poor Joaquin got made fun of. Letterman is so mean!" Nobody forced him to be on the show and entertain people like a monkey. He got into showbiz, signed the contracts, received millions to do movies AND make public appearances to support the films. That's the fucking Hollywood game, if you don't like it, don't play it. Don't take the money. Go work a real job like most everybody else. Hell, pay me millions, I'll appear on Dave's show nude and give Paul a hummer during the commercial break. And I'll even wear a monkey costume.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Step 1 deals with working through denial

    by ThePilgrim

    Sometimes those who are around the sick, are also trapped in it. You don't know till youves seen it first hand. Act... Bullshit.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Paul's laughter was FUH-king dis-TRAC-ting

    by Blanket-Man

    Wow, what a bizarre "interview." I laughed throughout, but wondered why Phoenix didn't haul off and punch Dave, if everything was as it appeared. Loved the "chew gum at your house" comment, and the "not likely" response to Phoenix's hope to perform hip-hop on Dave's show someday. Classic Letterman, if somewhat more cringe-inducing than he normally is at his funniest.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Letterman clip

    by cookiepuss

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Joaquin is a monkey

    by Jor-El23

    If he goes on Letterman he's there to talk about himself, the movie he's promoting, whatever. I know Dave's audience is full of rube tourists who clap like seals when they get fish thrown to them. I personally think Dave is in on the whole thing to a certain extent. He knows the basic idea that apparently Phoenix is staging this fake career meltdown and Affleck is filming it all. Dave gets to play along and throw out some classic ad-libs. I'm watching it right now and as much as I think Phoenix is a great actor I'm not buying his committment to an actual meltdown.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I'm leaning toward...

    by shellfishh

    ...the mockumentary thing, but unlike The Rutles or Spinal Tap, from what we've seen so far, I don't see where it's going to be funny, or very entertaining.

  • Feb. 11, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    This whole thing is stupid

    by CherryValance

    and he needs to cut the shit now. I don't know who thinks this is witty or clever but he's just acting like an ass.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Nuck81

    it was pretty hard to watch. I got a little nervous just watching it

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    This is all a joke, gang....

    by Toby Wan

    His brother in law, Casey Affleck, is making a mockumentary about how stars take themselves way too seriously. He "performed" his rap act a couple of weeks ago and it really sucked. It's all a game and people like PILGRIM is the sucker. He ain't high, he ain't disturbed, he is fucking with you!! I guarantee you will see this interview with Dave in the movie. And Dave was in on the act. So was Paul. It was all a gag.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by aversiontherapy2

    People keep saying that but there's no evidence of it. Even if it is all an act, some kind of game, that doesn't make it either interesting, warranted or in the least bit good. If it was a gag it sucked.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Did anyone notice...

    by MC-909

    It sounded like Joaquin said "good job" to Dave at the end of the interview.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by ugh

    In regards to Joaquin's family, friends, and possible drug abuse, ever consider that he's just following the path laid by Robert Downey, Jr.?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    that's why he's peeerrfect for JOKER

    by cloudrider`

    phoenix for joker in bat3!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by motivotion

    well played cloudrider, well played

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    pheonix, your not as clever as you wish you were

    by BurgerKing

    Just stick to being watchable in movies and stop with your wannabe mockumentary routine. No one gives a shit.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Pretending to have aids is funny too

    by ThePilgrim

    If this is one big joke then fuck him.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    And fuck his friends and family!

    by ThePilgrim

    And fuck you guys for being assholes.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    I, with a consensus of who saw it w/me conclude...

    by The Dum Guy

    That he was either high (glasses and all) or it was an act, most telling was the attempts to hide his laughs and the end where he talked to Dave.<br><br>My best guess is that this will bring better publicity for his movie than any "normal" interview would.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Making fun of the dumness of celebrity

    by ThePilgrim

    so more people will pay attention to him. Talk about a fucking hypocrite.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    So talking about Bale's bitchfest is gossip, but this isn't?!

    by Outlaw

    Also, It's more than likely a work, but if Joaquin Phoenix really did go bat shit, I wouldn't be that surprised considering he grew up on a cult compound.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    He's clearly acting...

    by Kirbymanly

    He's not that good of an actor. You're no Ali G, pal. The whole thing came off as so forced it almost came around to funny.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    its a goof...hes making a mockumentary

    by bacci40

    and denying it at the same time

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by The Burgomeister

    Biggest reason: Casey Affleck would have to be a huge asshole to film a crazyman who is his brother-in-law for a documentary. It defies credibility that his sister would allow that to happen, unless he no longer wanted a sister. I can't suspend my disbelief. Sorry.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry

    by The Burgomeister

    I meant "It defies credibility that his WIFE would allow that to happen..." I think I have a better point now.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    you dupes that fell for his routine

    by geek molester

    almost had me convinced he's suffering a real break-down. Alllllllllllllllllllllllmost. The whole thing is just, boring. The sooner he's done with this prank the better, cuz that nigga can act.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Funny and a bit uncomfortable

    by JuanSanchez

    Office fans probably enjoyed it. I really don't know what he thinks this is gonna do for his career. He's not Sasha Baron Cohen. I don't really see myself plunking down $10 to watch 90 minutes of this gag. Actually - I'm not sure I see myself watching it for free.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:07 a.m. CST

    The real question is - is ThePilgrim for real!?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    because you are fucking blowing joaquin phoenix off the stage right now if you are acting. It's for a mockumentary Casey Affeck is making, you goof. You only have to check out other utube clips to see they are getting media footage for the project.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    WTF?! Not available in this country or region?

    by thinboyslim.

    I thought this was a youtube clip? Why the fuck can't i view it?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    If it's not real

    by The McPoyle Clan

    then he's going to end up like his brother.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy: I wasn't paying for sex with

    by ThePilgrim

    A transgender hooker. it was for my celebrataunt mockumentary flick. <P> Mel Gibson: I didn't call the female office sugar tits while spitting out anti Semite racist commentary because that's how I really feel. It was for my celebrataunt mockumentary flick. <P> Nick Hogan: I didn't wreck my fast sports car and destroy half of my best friends head because I was driving recklessly. It was for my celebrataunt mockumentary flick. <P> Sebastian Bach: I didn't wear those "Aids Kills Fags Dead" because I'm a homophobe and I don't care about people with Aids, because I so ignorant that I think it's only a gay disease. It was for my celebrataunt mockumentary flick. <P> Yeah pretending to be on drugs and losing your mind. It's so fucking funny and perfectly acceptable.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:57 a.m. CST

    ThePilgrim....have you been following the story?

    by bacci40

    phoenix announces that hes leaving acting to do his music...affleck says hes filming a doc about this journey...but phoenix' music is hip hop? you gotta be kidding<p> the tubes used to do a bit with fee waybill playing quay lewd...a take off on the burnt out rock star....yes, it can be funny<p>and they let the cat out of the bag, said it was a mockumentary...then denied it<p>im taking it that both affleck and phoenix are a bit bored with just making standard movies and wanted to do an all out performance piece...when one has money, one can do their own thing

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    ThePilgrim don't be sore you didn't get it

    by ironic_name

    the world needs suckers.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    by ironic_name

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST


    by alice 13

    really should stfu afleck.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Pay Attention To Me! I'm Having A Fake Meltdown!

    by LaserPants

    Publicity stunt from a C-lister. Nice try!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Two Things I Don't Understand About Youth Culture Today

    by LaserPants

    1) Beards. They don't look cool, you just look dumb and very uncomfortable.<br><br> 2) Skinny Jeans. On girls? Skinny girls? Totally hot. On fat girls? Vomit inducing. And on guys? Does it even need to be said? Totally G-A-Y.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Do People Still Listen To Hip Hop?

    by LaserPants

    Didn't it die in like 1994?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    way to defend douche bags

    by Quartermass-87

    geez whats with the defending famous people for doing shit that us normal working people would get fired or have our asses whipped for doing. Performance art or not going on Dave's show...and umm Dave is a fuckin' legend people...and acting like a dick is not cool....and Dave has never taken famous people's shit...leave that to Leno to kiss ass. If he didn't wanna be there then cancel...shit celebs cancel appearances all the time. At least answer Dave's questions rather than sit and do nothing...come on. Hey if we showed up at work and acted like this on the job would our bosses say...awe poor baby its ok to act like a doped up douche we would get shit and possibly canned. Thank god for Dave...the last real talk show host rather than talk show celeb BJ giver!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    RUBIN & ED

    by wharpua

    On here, of all the movie geek hubs out there in InterwebLand, I'm amazed to see only one mention of the classically bizarre Rubin & Ed movie. That movie deserves more recognition - Glover & Howard Hesseman on a weird reluctant road trip buddy movie? How is this not better known? (apologies if I missed any others' possible reference to it)

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

    As far as pulling a Crispin Glover - no I don't think he was on ACID

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Did Hercules pulls a bad grammar on this post heading?

    by Stan Gable

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Letterman last real talk show host?

    by Stan Gable

    Granted he certainly is better than Leno who wouldn't have done anything to draw attention to Phoenix's bizarre beard and demeanor, but if Joachim had gone on the Howard Stern show they wouldn't have talked about anything BUT his new look and whacked out behavior. Howard probably would have also asked him if the entire thing was a put-on. I would love it if Stern got a late night talk show after his radio days are over.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode


  • Feb. 12, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I really doubt this is real....but you never know.

    by dingleberryjerry

    I don't think his family would ever approve of this either being an "act" or the beginnings of a serious drug-induced meltdown. Joaquin was , after all, the one who made that 911 call after his brother River OD'd outside the Viper Room 15 years ago.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    This is a mockumentary directed by Casey.


  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    either way, don't care.

    by BigDude

    I just don't care if he's really losing it, or if this is all a big sham. Whatever. Letterman is still one of the funniest hours on TV.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    just makes me wonder

    by oisin5199

    what River would have been like had he lived. Would he have been a brilliant mainstream actor, or some obscure weirdo? Would Joaquin even had a career?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    One of those times I caught Joaquine Phoenix "acting."

    by drewlicious

    Meaning I could call out what I was seeing as fake. He's acting weird and/or high. The thing is people who act that way try to pass for normal when they no someone is watching. Not even trying here.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Drebin

    "I blame the hip-hop."

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Glover was flat out fucked up, Joaquin is doing a character.

    by outshine

    There's a very obvious difference.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Funniest Letterman moment of all time

    by ArcadianDS

    Dave and Zsa Zsa driving around eating fast food.<p> I dare say that its among the top 10 funniest moments in television.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Glover > Phoenix

    by benlinus

    The Glover bit was cringe worthy and one of the great Letterman bits EVER. And while im on it, for a skinny geeky guy, the guy is toned and ripped. His arm was HUGE! and that leg kick was perfectly timed. Not the sign of a druggie or junkie. Makes me wonder IF Glover might be the greatest performance artist since Kaufman? Phoenix, on the other hand, a dick. The wrong brother died, cant stand the guy. This was a horrible bit that was SO obviously staged and I think Dave was in on it. Notice how he takes his shades off as they are cutting to break, as if hes saying to Dave, "thanks for playing along" oh, and that Moses/Morrison in Paris look, he should keep. It worked for Chris Robinson who was able to bang a prime Kate Hudson on a nightly basis! boo-yaa!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    BREAKING NEWS: Joaquin's 1st Hip-Hop video!

    by BurnHollywood atch?v=2x0TumWdlhk

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    It's an act.

    by Droid

    Yeah, Joaquin goes batshit crazy and quits acting for hip hop while Casey Affleck documents it.<p>Wake up people.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    For the record: Most performance art is crap

    by drewlicious

    How is me being annoyed artistic? Andy Kaufman was one of the few who got it right if you aske me, only it took years for the joke to be funny. I doubt this will be the case with Phoenix.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Joaquin isn't clever enough, or humble enough

    by smackfu

    to do Kaufmanesque performance art on a talk show. He does in fact, take himself extremely seriously and does not enjoy being made light of. I remember when Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars he made a little joke in his monologue about Walk the Line being "Ray" with white people. A that moment they cut to Joaquin Phoenix who looked like he was considering running up onto the stage and stabbing Jon Stewart in the kidney. What you saw on Letterman wasn't performance art, it was a douchebag at the height of self indulgence.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Oh, face it: they were both STONED

    by BurnHollywood

    Cripes, I've been hearing that "Crispin Glover was pulling a Kaufman...wasn't it clever?" crap for twenty years now...he was fucked up on LSD, likely as not.<p> If he was putting Dave on, how exactly did killing his career factor in?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Something else I'd like to mention

    by smackfu

    Is that considering that Joaquin's brother *DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE* during his own celebrity meltdown, it seems highly, highly unlikely that Joaquin would do a mockumentary on that subject. How many people do you know of who had a family member die of AIDS, and then start doing an act making fun of AIDS victims?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Its a total act.

    by subtlety

    Not that I think Joaquin's clever or even particularly talented, but come on. He may be a pretentious idiot (in fact he seems to be from what I can tell) but theres too much money on the line for him to go on like that in reality and to everyone's surprise. Both he and Dave have agents, handlers, personal assistents, drivers, etc who could easily have averted that had they wanted to. Hence, I propose its gotta be an act. But a surprisingly amusing one.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    OK two Points on Kaufman and Glover

    by benlinus

    FIRST: Great point on Kaufman by Drew. I mean if you think about it the guys ENTIRE life was a bit or part of the act, everything. Even the backstage drama on the set of Taxi. You just never knew if it was real or part of the act. His whole fucking life was one giant piece of performance art. God I wish he really WAS still. His Elvis brings tears to my eyes. Guy played the motherfucking Grand Ole'Opry...On Glover, I dont want to HEAR how his carrer TANKED after the Letterman bit, its horseshit. Its not like the guy was a HUGE star. He had a good role in BTTF, At Close Range and Rivers Edge but he wasnt the lead in ANY of those movies. After the Letterman piece he had meaty roles in the Doors, Twister, Wild At Heart, Larry Flynt, etc. He's NEVER been a leading guy, he cant hold a movie on his own unless its really creepy like Willard. And last I checked, his carrer is fine, hes in a Burton movie.....

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    you guys have really hurt me

    by TerryMalloy

    I think Joaquin Phoenix is a great actor and you have offended me by expressing a dudderby opinion. Leave Joaquin alone! You bastards!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    make that "another" not dudderby

    by TerryMalloy

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    ThePilgrim--Rubin & Ed

    by The Llama

    As a few on here have mentioned, Crispin Glover was completely in character as Rubin Farr from this weird roadtrip movie he did with Howard Hesseman. It's a riot, if you can find it--never released on DVD. He's dressed just like the character, and behaving like him, too. The movie was so small, though, and released four years after the late show appearance, that audiences (and presumably Dave) never got the "aha" of the joke by realizing Glover was in character.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    You found this funny?

    by Darth_Tarantino

    I found it disturbing. Joaquin doesn't seem to know why he's there. He seems lost.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    herc is making a mockumentary, too.

    by RaveX

    when he wrote "Did Joaquin Phoenix Pulls A Crispin Glover On Letterman's Wednesday LATE SHOW??", he did it on purpose. <p> For his mockumentary about editors who failed to finish elementary school.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Hilarious, fuck you haters!

    by TheWaqman

    That was really funny. This has to be a joke. So awkward.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Harry jerk him off like he did to Bale?

    by TheWaqman

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I am a fucking genius!

    by MooseKnuckleMalone

    Joaquin will sell 4,487 copies of his debut album "Walking with the Phoenix" THEN return to acting with "Return to 8 Mile"... It could happen...

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    His brother was making a mockumentary too

    by smackfu

    Once they get the distributing rights issue straightened out, River will pop out and yell 'surprise!'

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    The haters are lame.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    And they say Phoenix is the self-righteous, indulgent one? Ha. His antics are funny precisely because of this kind of outrage. Not give Letterman (oooooh such a legend) what he wants in an interview and look what happens. Let the man do what he wants, this is America, Letterman isn't royalty, and if someone wants to just say fuck all to their contracts and not care about public perception, that's fine with me, we need people like that once in a while. It's all a mockumentary anyway and I look forward to how it turns out. P.S. I like Letterman, too, but come on, when Phoenix offered the olive branch about wanting to come on to perform, Letterman just brutally crushed him instead of moving into talking about his career change when that is was obviously what meant the most to Phoenix at this time, real or not. It was funny though "We'll keep you in the rolodex"

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Could Be Brilliant

    by ucla_sb

    Hmm, my two cents on the deal is that Affleck is making a real documentary featuring a fake/real subject. The true subject of the documentary however will be the “cult of celebrity”, the trash tabloid television shows that constantly follow every instance of celebrities taking a shit or buying coffee. Considering the media reaction when Phoenix’s brother died for ratings and the beating Ben Affleck still takes with unhealthy focus on his personal life, both Affleck and Phoenix have axes to grind with the subject in regards to their families. The mock aspect of it may just be mocking the American public who won’t leave these people alone to do their jobs. The time is ripe for such a documentary with the insane amount of “celebrity meltdowns” that have occurred in the last few years and the all time high at which the public has a need to know what type of toilet paper they use and what brand of cigarettes they smoke. Think about it this way, look what happened the day after it was all over every morning news show and talked about all day all around the internet with speculation of him going crazy, being on drugs, etc. This could end up being something very biting and brilliant when all is said and done.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale's on set meltdown was just a bit too

    by smackfu

    that guy is a genius, fooling all of you losers with his Andy Kaufman genius, pretending to have anger management issues. Kudos to him for being so devoted to his craft that he was willing to get that assault charge or whatever on his criminal record, just to keep the rouse up. Comedy genius, that Christian Bale. Having said that, do any of you people attributing the same thing to Joaquin Phoenix (of all people) now realize how fucking retarded your premise is?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by ucla_sb

    Bale's issue was something that should have been kept on set and was only managed to be leaked because of corporate blackmail thought process. As it has been reported the recording was given to the productions insurance company in case Bale walked off the film. Which to me says it was essentially if you try screwing with us we will have them release this and make your life hell in the media. Well being the big money involved in the tabloid industry, some jackoff at the company got hold of it and sold it for a quick buck. Once again bringing us around to the need to know every aspect of a celebrity's life. Have you not known someone who went off on a job at some point? I know i do.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Dave and Zsa Zsa driving around eating fast food.

    by ironic_name

    "here's me an Zsa Zsa at the in&out burger... you c'n make your own joke here."

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    'Cholera's Ghost letterman is aware of the act, he's acting, to

    by ironic_name

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    If this isn't an act....

    by Wongertron

    not that Letterman's in on the joke, but isn't the reason why late night shows like this have rehearsal is so that awkward interviews like this DON'T happen?

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Wongertron, Letterman was in on the joke

    by Talkbacker with no name

    The though point of this was to collect footage, good or bad, but just getting out there in the media to get clips to edit into the documentary. There are others on utube

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Roll Natasha Kinski tape...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    That was fer reals!

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I can't wait until Britney Spears mockumentary comes out

    by smackfu

    Staying in character this long must be wearing on her genius mind.

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