In one of the most bizarre interviews ever given, actor Joaquin Phoenix showed up with the Unabomber's beard and confused all get out last night on David Letterman.
At first, I thought it might be a joke. He mumbled answers. He couldn't remember the name of his latest co-star, Gwenyth Paltrow. He was just staring at the ground.
But in the second half of the interview, Letterman clearly becomes upset and starts making acerbic jokes about him.
Phoenix, who's giving up acting to become a rapper, said he'd love to come on Letterman's show once he's ready to perform.
"You know, that seems unlikely," said an irritated Letterman, who then tried to awkwardly turn it into a joke. Phoenix didn't find it funny.
"Well, I've seen some of your other guests," Phoenix shot back.
"You're right," Letterman said. "We'll certainly keep you in our rolodex."
At one point, Letterman complain about Phoenix's gum-chewing. Phoenix proceeded to take out his gum and stick it on Letterman's desk.
At the end of the interview, Letterman gave him one last parting shot.
"Joaquin, I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight."