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Two Lovers director James Gray blames Joaquin Phoenix for failure



Oh, it all seems so long ago that Joaquin Phoenix went on David Letterman's show and acted like a space cadet. But it's no laughing matter to Two Lovers director James Gray, who is blaming the actor and his little road show for ruining the box office for his flick, which also starred Gwyneth Paltrow.

“It’s like, Letterman was trying to get the movie out there, but the only thing that’s out there now is a crazy person with a beard making a fool of himself!” Gray tells London's Times, complaining about his supposed documentation of a new career as a rapper. “I have no idea what the hell that guy is shooting. The whole thing is not to my taste, and I’ve let Casey know this.”

And while we feel oh-so-bad for Gray's project, which has brought in about $2 million despite some good reviews, we're more interested in his perspective on Joaquin's devolution.

"I’ve seen him in his house, and he has his own recording studio that he built right there," Gray says. "So if this is a hoax, then it’s the most elaborate thing that I have ever seen.”

Certainly more elaborate than Two Lovers' marketing campaign, it seems.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:29am]


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