Actor Joaquin Phoenix returned to David Letterman’s “Late Show” to apologize for his wacky appearance last year that turned out to be an elaborate piece of performance art.

“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.”

No offense taken, Letterman replied. The chance to lob jokes at Phoenix was like batting practice, he said.

“Every one of them was a dinger,” he said.

Phoenix was clean-cut and shaven Wednesday, without the shaggy beard, unruly hair and sunglasses he wore on Feb. 11, 2009, when he told a befuddled Letterman that he was giving up acting for a rap career. Describing that appearance on Wednesday, Letterman said it was “like you s

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Letterman Return: “I Apologize”

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