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Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

by Caryn James
December 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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How good an actor is Joaquin Phoenix? He plays a  touchingly heart-broken, love-lorn ordinary guy in Spike Jonze' Her, yet we all suspect his real personality is closer to the bizarro performance art he displays on talk shows and the sort-of doc I'm Still Here.  His conversation with Jimmy Fallon last night had a  little bit of each.

After some vague talk about something that happened backstage -- sounds like Phoenix was rude to the Late Night staff because he wanted to find a place to smoke -- Fallon orchestrated a pact: he'll give up soda if Phoenix quits smoking.  


And somehow in all of this, when Fallon jokingly said, "Are you breaking up with me?" Phoenix launched into a perfectly played, verge-of-tears break-up scene, as serious as if he were making his next big-screen drama.

It's a weird, dazzling, fascinating little performance.  (And whatever you think of Phoenix,  don't let it color your ideas about Her, which is dazzling in its own, different way.)

I was baffled by the pink hoodie, but it took the Daily Mail no time to figure out it was his girlfriend's.

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  • selma | December 12, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    I love him because he's weird. People underestimate him so much because of his behaviour. Y'all think actors are all sane? Nah, not true at all. Best actor of his generation and the break up actually made me laugh. He's funny,too.

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