I’m don’t follow Hollywood gossip and I didn’t see it when it originally aired, but this:
Instantly brought to mind this:
Phoenix knows what to expect from Letterman and ought to have been prepared to play ball. Letterman took some unfair potshots, but that should be expected too. No doubt Phoenix is depressed or perhaps he’s tired of all the Hollywood BS and doesn’t want to do all the promotion expected of actors. If the former, he has my sympathy, but there are better ways to deal with it. If the latter, he’s doing the right thing by taking a break. I have commented on the fact that everyone, especially famous people, become trapped by their own persona and by other’s expectations of that persona. Still, it seems there are more constructive ways to call BS.