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We’re not sure that Joaquin Phoenix did his new movie Two Lovers any favors with his appearance on Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday (Feb. 11) night, but people will definitely be talking about him for the next couple days.

Wearing dark shades and a black suit, Phoenix squirmed when Letterman innocently asked an icebreaker about his full beard and needed to be reminded that his co-star in the movie was Gwyneth Paltrow.

He did take it in good stride though when Letterman asked, “What can you tell me about your days with the Unabomber?” and seemed genuinely baffled when the audience laughed at his describing his music as “more hip-hop.”

And, to his credit, when Letterman saved his harshest lines for the end of the interview — “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight … we owe Farrah Fawcett an apology” — Phoenix chuckled, “You’re funny … You’re a funny dude.”

Witness the lunacy below:

Posted by:Brill Bundy

Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."