Yeah, he is still there.
Watch enough late night TV and you start enjoying the rare times when things go horribly wrong
a lot more than the many times when things go peacefully right
. It’s the same reason you watch bloopers on Sports Center
. And, holy crap, does Joaquin Phoenix
’s four-kinds-of-bizarre appearance on Letterman
last year rank up there. Deadline
’s let us know that he’s coming back to The Late Show
next Wednesday, the 22, to presumably promote I’m Still Here
(watch out for Alex’s review of that, soon.) Will he still have the bird nest beard? Will he be plugging his dope hip hop tracks? Will he give more tacit, distracted answers?
If you haven’t seen it, here's where the maybe-hoax, maybe drastic-career-change began.…
I’d be remiss not to mention that other notable entry into the annals of freak-out-quite-possibly-hoax interviews on Letterman. Everybody remembers Crispin Glover’s "appearance," right? He was shaking anxiously, he came close to kicking Dave in the head, he might have been on acid? He’s never actually come out and explained what happened, so it was probably an involved "going in deep" Kaufman-style prank (remember how Andy got slapped by Jerry Lawler on Letterman?). We’ll see if Phoenix follows suit.
Here’s the original freak out… see it to believe it. Then watch his two follow-up appearances. One a few days later, and the other a couple years later.