Joaquin Phoenix was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, and Letterman’s interview with him brought back memories of the legendarily uncomfortable Letterman interviews of the ‘80s - as in, Crispin Glover or Farrah Fawcett uncomfortable.
Phoenix, who has been described as “mercurial” by director James Gray, appeared to still be asleep. As Dave peppered him with questions -– at one point asking the heavily bearded Phoenix, “Can you tell us about your days with the Unabomber?” - Phoenix gave monosyllabic answers and acted genuinely perplexed by the audience’s tittering.
Now, of course, it could all be an act. But it’s still surprising to see, in this age of polished, “tell me about your movie” interviews, interactions that go so obviously wrong.
Anyway, take a look for yourself.
– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer
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