The woman who played Annie Hall in Woody Allen's iconic film of the same name acted more loopy than la di da on "The Colbert Report" this week, making some suspect she was guesting under the influence.
Instead of hawking the release of her memoir in paperback, the 66-year-old actress threatened to bring the comedian up on charges for acting like a "sexual pervert."
"I don't want to see your buck naked ass," she told Colbert early in the segment, seeming to misinterpret the platonic hug he had given her offstage.
Trying to steer the conversation back on course, the talk show host several times attempted to get Keaton to discuss her book. But the former flame of Warren Beatty and Woody Allen had the attention span of a fruit fly, prompting an apparently confused Colbert to say, "Before I encourage my viewers to buy your book, you have to say one f****** thing about it."
Not taking a hint, the apparently inebriated Keaton kept giggling and changing the subject. Before the segment ended, she even got up from her chair as if to walk off stage and seemed wobbly when she sat back down at the host's request.
Given a history of actors pretending to be spacey on talk shows (think Joaquin Phoenix's famous hoax on Letterman), viewers could not be sure if Keaton was acting kooky on purpose or if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Apparently going with the latter theory, one viewer of the show tweeted, "The bar in The #Colbert Report green room must be fully stocked. Although less stocked than it was an hour ago. #dianekeaton."
Although Colbert's show is a parody of a regular talk show, it did not seem like the bespectacled host was playing along with his guest making a fool of herself. Nor is it far-fetched for a celebrity to appear on a talk show drunk, high or hung over.
Danny DeVito on "The View"
In 2006, Danny DeVito limped onto the set of "The View" after a night of drinking limoncellos with George Clooney. He called then-President George Bush a name that had to bleeped out by ABC; sat in Rosie O'Donnell's lap; and made lewd references to a night he and his wife, Rhea Perlman, spent in the Lincoln Bedroom when Bill Clinton was in office.
As with Colbert's repeated requests for Keaton to discuss the book she came on to shill, mother hen Barbara Walters pleaded with the hung over "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star, "Listen, can we talk about this movie?"
Farrah Fawcett on Letterman
The late Farrah Fawcett seemed high when she appeared on David Letterman's "The Late Show" in 1997 to promote her Playboy magazine photo spread and Pay-Per-View special, "All of Me." She struggled for words while telling a dull story about escaping drunks in Central Park, suggestively mimed using her body as a painting tool and at one point mistook the painted backdrop on Dave's set for a real window.
But in his book, "Both of Us: My Life with Farrah," on-again-off-again boyfriend Ryan O'Neal said the "Charlie's Angels" star was "attempting to play the part of the ditsy bunny thinking it would be a clever way to promote the magazine."
John Stamos on Australian TV Show
Actor John Stamos actually admitted to being drunk after he embarrassed himself on an Australian TV talk show in 2009. Asked if he would consider going on "Dancing With the Stars," Stamos told the interviewer, "Not to be disrespectful, but isn't that the place you go when you don't have a career?"
Though his press agent tried to blame the "Full House" star's awkward comments on jet lag, the B-lister later copped to a magazine that he'd had too much to drink before the show.
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