Well, the shaggy beard and the shades are gone as clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix returned to the scene of the crime with a stint on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. (Teaser below.) It’s been 1 1/2 years after his out-of-body appearance that turned out to be an act for the Casey Affleck-directed mockumentary I’m Still Here. In the provided partial transcript, Phoenix denies that Letterman was in on the gag and apologized for duping him. ”It was batting practice, you know what I mean? Every one of them was a dinger,” Letterman tells him. Phoenix laughs: “I was looking for a beat down, and I got one.”
Casey Affleck came clean to The New York Times today, admitting that his Joaquin Phoenix meltdown documentary I’m Still Here was in fact a phony piece of performance art. It seems amusing in hindsight that each time Deadline referred to the film in the past few months as a “mockumentary,” the filmmakers and distributor Magnolia Pictures became incensed. This revelation is about as shocking as when Vince McMahon revealed that professional wrestling bouts were prearranged.