Thursday, May 23, 2024

Joaquin Phoenix vs. Kelly Ripa: Morning Interview is a Classic as Joaquin Denies Doing Yoga and Fudges on Engagement


The clip isn’t up yet but when it is look for a classic two segment verbal arm wrestle between Kelly Ripa and Joaquin Phoenix. West coasters, don’t miss this. Kelly is one tough cookie, and she did her best to host Joaquin, one of the most difficult interview subjects in the world.

Ripa gamely tried to find out if Phoenix is really engaged to his yoga instructor. But he fudged that answer. So she asked if he does yoga. He had to admit that he doesn’t. Knowing Joaquin he made the whole thing up to some poor interviewer just to take the piss, as the Brits say. He was pulling someone’s leg.

Joaquin also parried with Ripa on other subjects. Michael Strahan actually got up and hugged him at one point. Kelly said she thought Joaquin’s character in “Inherent Vice” was on an acid trip, which the actor denied. Kelly, like everyone else in the world, has no idea what this movie is about. Mostly Joaquin asked when the commercial break was coming. Sue Patricola must have been in green room, popping Xanax or having a Cosmo. The Joaquin Phoenix Show is in town, baby.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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