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Letterman Falls for the Joaquin Sideshow

2/12/2009 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joaquin Phoenix brought his phony stony act to David Letterman last night -- and while Letterman thought he was catching the wannabe rapper in an altered/inebriated state, it's Dave who was likely hoodwinked.

Joaquin & Letterman: Click to watch
We've been on to Joaquin's scam for weeks now -- no doubt he's shooting a mockumentary with Casey Affleck ... pretending he's quitting acting to become a rap star -- even though his singing sucks -- and showing how the media will fall for it.

In Dave's defense -- he ripped the guy apart, ending the interview with "Sorry Joaquin couldn't be here tonight."


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16.

Razorback    

Dave is the Best!!!!!!!!!

2026 days ago
17.

I love MOZ!!!!!    

I think it was an act. He saw what happen to his brother. Joaquin has a very dark sense of humor and I think he's having a laugh at all of us which is funny as hell. I still love you Joaquin. Look me up Maudlin

2026 days ago
18.

d to the izzle    

Looks like a really piss poor imitation of Zach Galifianakis, only he sucks and Zach is hilarious.

2026 days ago
19.

I love MOZ!!!!!    

Also, I loved that he stuck his gum under Dave's desk. That was funny!

2026 days ago
20.

jfp    

Letterman started the interview by insulting him!!!
Joaquin is a shy person that was made to feel uncomfortable from the start!!
So screw Letterman and the audience that was there.

2026 days ago
21.

91605GUY    

COMEDY GENIUS!!!!!

2026 days ago
22.

word.    

Something tells me Dave was far from "hoodwinked." You're talking about a man who was in the front row for The Andy Kaufman Experience. Give the old man some credit.

2026 days ago
23.

Missy    

All I can say is WOW!

2026 days ago
24.

Larry Galargi    

He's a genius! Of course it's all an act. I think the interview accomplished exactly what it was supposed... made me laugh, made me squirm in embarrassment, and made me wonder if it was real.

2026 days ago
25.

loika    

David Letterman was not hoodwinked at all! He knew what the deal was with this guy. He reads the papers and knew that this would make GREAT television. Which it did! What ever the deal is with Phoenix, Letterman was the PERFECT guy to do the interview.

2026 days ago
26.

jfp    

I liked the gum bit too!
Letterman is an old worn out bag of rotting flesh. He got a few laughs at someone else's expense but insults are easy if you have a mic.

2026 days ago
27.

SusE    

If you have't heard - this is complete BS. Similar to Borat, Spinal Tap and many before him, it's a ruse. This is nothing new and Pheonix looks like an idiot in his transparent attempt at social experimentation with the media. It's not funny or original.

2026 days ago
28.

Piper    

I used to love Phoenix, but he is just a crackpot. Please get rid of this image. This used to be my dream guy until I saw him on Letterman.

2026 days ago
29.

Mel    

At first I thought he was stoned, but I think it is all an act. At the end when he shakes Dave's hand he pulls of the sunglasses to talk to him- just as they cut out to commercial. He is a great actor... this is the most idiotic thing he could have done!

2026 days ago
30.

Me!    

An act.

I agree with #29 - this is not funny nor original.

2026 days ago
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