Appearing clean-shaven on David Letterman’s "Late Show" Wednesday, the actor Joaquin Phoenix apologized for his eccentric appearance last year that was actually a bit of performance art, reports David Bauder in the Associated Press.
"You’ve interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person, so — but I apologize," Phoenix said. "I hope I didn’t offend you in any way." Letterman said he hadn’t taken offense and had enjoyed the chance to throw jokes at him, the story says.
Phoenix’s odd behavior during the past two years, during which he said he was giving up acting for rapping and grew a shaggy beard, was the subject of a documentary, "I’m Still Here," which included his appearance on Letterman’s show in 2009.
As previously reported, the act was revealed as a hoax earlier this month.
On the program on Wednesday night, Sept.23, 2010, Letterman told Phoenix that he wanted $1 million for his part in the hoax, the New York Times reports.
"We’ve made 75 cents on this movie," Phoenix protested.
"That’s not my problem," Letterman said.