Most bizarre celebrity interviews

For celebrities, giving interviews is part of the job and one might think the stars are so used to them that sitting down with a journalist or a TV host to answer a few questions comes natural. However, this is not always the case and celebs surprise us from time to time. Check out some of the most bizarre celebrity interviews.

 Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman








Phoenix had previously announced his retirement from acting to become a rapper, though this in fact turned out to be a hoax, and part of his mockumentary I’m Still Here. The actor appeared on Letterman’s show to sell the hoax and his appearance was different than usual, with messy hair, beard and sun glasses. Phoenix was slow at answering questions, seemed to be either drunk or high, and David Letterman could not do anything but laugh. When it was over, Letterman gave a  brilliant closing line, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight”.

Paula Deen on Today Show








The TV chef went on the Today Show to explain her use of the N word in a legal deposition. Deen denied to Lauer that she was a racist. And she broke into tears in the last moments of the sitdown, directly addressing the camera and saying: “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back–if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you. I is what I is, and I’m not changing.”

Tom Cruise on Oprah








It was 2005, when he just started dating his now ex-wife Katie Holmes and Tom was really happy. He was actually so excited about his girlfriend that he jumped on Oprah’s couch proclaiming his love. No one knows for sure what the reason for Cruise’s weird behavior was, but we can all agree that this was one of the most bizarre interviews ever.

Jon Voight on Access Hollywood








Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie never had a close bond. During her childhood, Voight was constantly away from home. Jolie stated that she only saw her father when they worked together. In a 2002 TV interview, Voight tearfully begged Jolie to get professional help for her mental problems. Jolie cut ties with her father after that. It wasn’t until her mother died in 2007 that she had a change of heart.

Tom Cruise on Today Show








A June 2005 Today Show appearance to promote his movie The War of the Worlds turned into a verbal war between Cruise and Matt Lauer. Cruise, a Scientologist, doesn’t believe in prescription drugs and debated Lauer about Brooke Shields’ use of them to kick post-partum depression. Cruise said, “Matt, you’re glib … you don’t even know what Ritalin is.” Lauer responded, “Well, it’s really impressive listening to you … It looks like you’ve done your homework.” The movie star said, “And you should too. Just knowing people who are on Ritalin isn’t enough. You should be a little more responsible.” Cruise didn’t return to the show until 2008, when he apologized to Lauer.

Charlie Sheen on ABC








After Charlie Sheen’s 2011 mega meltdown, during which he lost his job on Two and a Half Men, the actor did a series of wacky interviews. In the first, with ABC, the star ranted to interviewer Andrea Canning, “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. I’m a high priest, a warlock!” Later, he phoned in to Alex Jones’ radio show and made “winning” a national catchphrase by saying: “I’m so tired of pretending like my life isn’t just perfect and just winning every second.”

Paris Hilton on ABC








ABC News journalist Dan Harris, while interviewing the former Simple Life star at her home in Los Angeles, asked Paris if she worried about other TV reality stars, like Kim Kardashian, overshadowing her. “No, not at all,” Paris snapped. “Do you worry about your moment having passed?” Harris then asked. The heiress paused, looked pissed, and then stormed off camera! After a cooling off period, during which she spoke to her publicist, Paris returned and finished the interview, however, even giving Harris a hug.

Mel Gibson on WGN








Mel showed plenty of darkness while promoting his movie Edge of Darkness in 2010 with WGN-TV Chicago reporter Dean Richards via remote feed. The actor had taken seven years off from starring roles following his 2006 DUI arrest. When Richards brought up Mel’s drinking problems and well-publicized anti-Semitic rant, Mel squinted angrily and said, “Let’s move on, dude, c’mon.” Then, at the interview’s conclusion, apparently unaware cameras were still rolling, Mel was caught saying, “Bye, bye, a**hole!”

Bruce Willis on Magic 105.4 radio








While promoting his movie Red 2 last year, Bruce Willis gave several awkward interviews, but the weirdest one was definitely when he spoke to Jamie Edwards from Magic FM. When the reporter asked Bruce in which location he preferred shooting the film, he replied “Istanbul”, even though the film was not shot there. He also added: “Has any actor ever told you this Jamie? This part is not acting. The fun part is over. We’re just selling the film now. Sales.” As a last attempt to try and get one decent quote from the interview Jamie asks Bruce if he enjoyed the driving scenes in the film but the answer wasn’t what he hoped for. Willis said: “I’m thinking about driving right now. I can hardly keep my mind on this interview. I’m thinking about driving up the M1. You have some great questions here Jamie. Great chat.”

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