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Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens December 12, 2013 at 10:02AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Joaquin Phoenix, Jimmy Fallon, Her (film), Spike Jonze, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I'm Still Here, Television

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