“Joaquin I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight” Dave joked. Joaquin’s hair matted, his voice a murmur, his skin apparently crawling. I could feel Joaquin’s irritation from the couch. The audience laughed at him constantly throughout the segments. Although he said virtually nothing, the weirdness spoke volumes.

After seeing this spectacle, I’m left thinking, “Is this supposed to be a joke?” Has something gone terribly wrong with Phoenix or is he using us as some sort of science project?



Sadly, the answers probably won’t come easy.   He surely will never admit he is playing all of us, and if he does have real issues then we may not know until it’s too late.   When things go this wrong with this great of an American actor, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and buckle ourselves in for the ride.