Joaquin Phoenix: Difficult On ‘Letterman’

Oscar-nominated actor turned (*ahem*) hip-hop artist Joaquin Phoenix, 34, made for a memorable if tension-inducing guest on the Late Show with David Letterman last night.

Phoenix was reportedly there to promote his new film with Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers, but instead gave monosyllabic answers to Dave’s questions from behind his scraggly beard and dark sunglasses.

Check the video above and make a mental note not to have him on your talk show ever.

Letterman gamely tried to play along, as reported by the Times Online, but eventually got so frustrated with the actor that he began mocking him.

“What can you tell us about your days with the Unabomber?,” Dave said, skewering Phoenix about his unkempt beard.

Phoenix recently revealed that he is through with acting, and wants to be a rapper.

He had his first show at the Lavo nightclub in Las Vegas recently. It went rather poorly, and ended with Phoenix falling off the stage.

He insists that his new career path isn’t a hoax, and is even supposed to be the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by his brother-in-law, Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck.

At one point during the interview, Letterman mentioned Phoenix’s gum-chewing and Joaquin took out his gum and stuck it under Dave’s desk in response.

Letterman was obviously unthrilled with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s new rival for hip-hop supremacy and made it clear when he went to commercial.

He responded with “that seems unlikely” when Phoenix mentioned coming back to perform his new hip-hop tracks and added “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight”.