Gladiator This is Not

Joaquin Phoenix.  What is up with this guy? Have you seen his bizarre appearance on Letterman the other night?  Google it. Watch it.

Okay. You’re back.  Didn’t that make you guffaw and squirm and wonder what in the hell is going on with him?

I think it’s a sham.  I couldn’t believe for a minute that he could be that clueless on national television.  Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, agrees.  He’s a great actor, comes from a long line of “brilliantly odd” performers, and, as Stevens points out, is making a “documentary” about his transition for actor to rapper — that’s clearly fodder for a comedy about how people react to really, really bizarre behavior.


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