The Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview is more infamous than ever. Despite the Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview last year, Phoenix and Letterman will reunite on Wednesday. The last time they met, the Oscar-nominated actor officially became a walking punch line, as audiences saw an unbalanced, mumbling, bearded wreck. That wreck is now the centerpiece of his own documentary, which made critics cringe at his mental state and antics. As the debate continues on how real that meltdown was, the second Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview is already being hyped up for Wednesday night.
To start promotion for the rematch, CBS reran the infamous 2009 Late Night with David Letterman episode last night. Although it is a year and a half old, people still haven’t gotten tired of seeing it, and seeing Phoenix look utterly lost. But although it works in 10+ minutes, critics don’t believe the act works for a full movie, given the mixed reviews for I’m Still Here.
The latest Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview comes under the pretext of promoting I’m Still Here, which documents the former actor’s efforts to start a hip hop career. His quest has turned him from a respected Oscar nominee into a laughingstock, even if some believe his routine was just one long act.
To counter the negative buzz, director and brother-in-law Casey Affleck has already started to claim it was all fake. Affleck told the New York Times yesterday that it was just a performance, and the new Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview will likely have Phoenix claim the same thing.
Saying it was a fraud is likely the only way out of this for all involved. But even if they convince people it was just a performance, it only makes the Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview, and the last two years in general, that much more confusing. If Phoenix was just acting lost, it stands to reason why he thought of a routine like this, and what his intent was.
Defenders of I’m Still Here say that it is a pointed take on celebrity and reality culture, with Phoenix deconstructing their nature. However, he may have done so at the cost of his reputation, as it will take an extremely long time to make people take him seriously again.
Next week’s Joaquin Phoenix Letterman rematch may be his first step toward doing that, assuming it isn’t just one final act. But even if he still acts weird, there isn’t much he can do to top the last appearance — and by now, people may be tired of him trying to act crazier.
At the end of the last Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview, Letterman said that he was sorry Phoenix wasn’t there — which helps explain the documentary title. Yet people will be tuning in on Wednesday night to see which Phoenix shows up this time.
YouTube- “Joaquin Phoenix Bizarre Interview on Letterman – The New Andy Kaufman?”
New York Times- “Documentary? Better Call It Performance Art”
Rotten Tomatoes- “I’m Still Here”