Life imitates art

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.


7 Responses to “Life imitates art”  

  1. 1 virginia

    I don’t know how true this is, BUT I have been keeping up with the gossip blogs (hehe) and there is much speculation that Joaquin Pheonix’s “downward spiral” being an elaborate mockumentary set up. Apparently one of his Hollywood buddies (some dude with a famous name that I cannot remember) is often seen filming Joaquin and there have been a few comments made and a few scenes caused that seemed contrived.

    I don’t know what to believe; but if it’s not contrived, then I concur with your thoughts. ;) You know, me being the celebrity expert that I am. haha

  2. 2 tom

    I certainly hope that is the case and there isn’t something more serious going on. If that were the case and Letterman and others were in on the joke, it would make a lot more sense.

  3. 3 Ben Courtney

    This version of the vid was pulled but there’s another one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAQ4x7rgS6I

  4. 4 tom

    Thanks Ben, CBS’s crazy copyright lawyers keep doing that! Don’t they realize that videos like this will do nothing but increase viewership?

  5. 5 Ben Courtney

    I think they realize that limiting access to the video will drive up the demand for the video which will in turn lead to more publicity. Anyway how have you been?

  6. 6 tom

    That’s a gamble, but for certain really high demand content, it would work.

    Doing ok; how bout yourself?

  7. 7 Ben Courtney

    I see your point.

    Things are good here.

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