Joaquin Phoenix: The New Andy Kaufman?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Comedy, Kitchen Sink, Video

Nothing to do with politics, but a lot of people are talking about the following clip as if it’s evidence that Joaquin Phoenix has lost it.

Listen, the guy is one of the best actors of his generation. You don’t think he’s playing a part here?

For further evidence that Phoenix is just having fun, take a look at his acceptance speech from the 2008 People’s Choice awards…

Pretty unconventional and certainly creative.

What’s more, all of his friends, like Casey Affleck and director James Gray, are supportive of this move. Do you really think they’d be cool with it if they thought he was nuts?

Here’s Phoenix “quitting” acting…

Note how overly seriously those guys were. I mean, come on…

Folks, I think it’s pretty obvious he’s taking us all for a ride, and it’s something we haven’t seen since Kaufman did it back in the day. It takes a lot of bravery and, yes, a little bit of madness, but certainly not the bad kind.

Long story short, enjoy this sort of thing. Because it doesn’t happen very often.

By the way, THIS is crazy…

Gotta love the Glover.

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7 Responses to “Joaquin Phoenix: The New Andy Kaufman?”

  1. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Almost as good as the infamous Crispin Glover interview from 1987. I’m suprised you didn’t mention it. If you haven’t seen it you must click immediately.

  2. Justin Gardner Says:

    Haha, yeah, definitely seen that but Glover actually IS crazy. I’ll post it as a reminder of that.

  3. Anthony Says:

    It’s AMAZING how many people think Joaquin Phoenix has actually lost his mind. Mr. Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this Letterman interview.

    It’ll be great if he actually drops a hip-hop album. I’m sure it’ll be awful (on purpose), and most certainly an i-Tunes only release.

  4. michiganlib Says:

    Glover, although definitely edgy, is not crazy in his Letterman appearance. He is in character, which is odd or even eccentric, but he’s not crazy. He is appearing as Rubin from the move “Rubin and Ed”. Check it out.

  5. Chris Says:

    That was completely an act, either he was pissed or he’s just getting people to obsess over him and the media to replay the clip and bloggers to blog about him for months after the interview.


  6. Mario Piperni Says:

    Hmmm…he had me convinced initially that he was completely bonkers, but on reflection, you guys are probably right. Definitely an act…a good one though.

  7. Justin Has Joaquin | Right Dialogue Says:

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