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February 12, 2009

Letterman vs. Joaquin Phoenix

It's the day's great WTF video -- already being hailed as an instant classic -- with two-time Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix doing a rope-a-dope with David Letterman.

The acerbic host gamely tries to engage the semi-coherent and completely antagonistic Phoenix, saying he thought his Oscar-nominated performance in "Walk the Line" was sublime and that there's "no one better" in the business today. Nothing worked. Not flattering, not baiting, not cajoling.

Phoenix, who was allegedly there to hype his latest/last film, "Two Lovers," was a grumpy bump on a log.

But he's all for coming back to "Late Night" to further his "budding" hip-hop career. Dave told him not to hold his breath.

Seriously, people, watch the clip. Well worth the five minutes to know what everybody will be talking about today.


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appeared on the Letterman show in the state he was in, but Leterman's remarks about his chewing gum and putting his name on his rolodex for a singing appearance were belittling and lacking in any kind of compassion for his guest's obvious discomfort,whatever the cause, so no more Letterman for me!


Yes, that poor fragile little actor guy. Those remarks _were_ rather devastating, weren't they?


i feel kind of sorry for Joaquin Phoenix because he does seem genuinely disoriented and Letterman gave him a hard time about it

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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