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VIDEO: Clean-Shaven & Coherent Joaquin Phoenix Returns to 'Late Show'

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Sep. 23 2010, Published 4:08 a.m. ET

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Over a year has passed since Joaquin Phoenix baffled the American public when he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman — sporting a bedraggled beard, sunglasses and looking more plump than usual. The two time Oscar nominee mumbled his way through an uncomfortable interview with the comedic late-night host. Wednesday night, however, a clean-shaven, thinner Joaquin returned to the Late Show and apologized for his behavior (which was all part of the genius behind the Casey Affleck-directed film I'm Still Here.)

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"I mean, I think that you've interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person," Joaquin told David Letterman last night. "I hope I didn't offend you in any way."

"Oh, no. Oh, no, no, no," Dave responded. "I'm telling you, it was so much fun. It was batting practice, you know what I mean? Every one of them was a dinger. I was looking for a beat down, and I got one... I want to thank you for that."

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Dave, however, did want to set the record straight that he was not part of the production and was pretty much in the dark about the whole thing.

"Was there a script that you and I were working with?" he asked Joaquin, who responded quickly, "No."

Catch Joaquin's big return to late night TV!

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