Last night Joaquin Phoenix was face-to-face with David Letterman again after not appearing on the show since this happened last year:

phoenix0910a.jpgIt was all, as we now know, a crafted persona for the Casey Affleck-directed mockumentary on Phoenix's "career change" called I'm Still Here. Roger Ebert just called the film: "a sad and painful documentary that serves little useful purpose other than to pound another nail into the coffin."

So last night the actor was back on Letterman, clean-shaven and apologizing (sort of) for the last time he was a Late Show guest. They both claimed Letterman himself was not in on the hoax, and the actor told the host, "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. I hope I didn't offend you in any way." He also thanked Letterman, saying, "We'd hoped to come on a talk show, and I was looking for a beat down, and I got one... I want to thank you for that." Here's a clip: