Anybody see Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman last night?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1xK6xz8d9Q
He acted like a sullen teen who couldn't be rousted from his nihilistic revery to answer a few boilerplate questions. The gum chewing was a nice touch. And nothing telegraphs "substance abuse" like showing up to a talk show in shades.
I swear, not since the infamous Crispin Glover incident have I seen Letterman so befuddled.
What do you think? PR ploy? Destructive urge to be idolized in death like brother River? Garden variety drug abuse? Just an asshole?
Letterman's best rejoinder: "I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight."