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Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

How good an actor is Joaquin Phoenix? He plays a  touchingly heart-broken, love-lorn ordinary guy
in Spike JonzeHer, 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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