Joaquin to be a guest on Letterman show

Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 12:54 PM IST

Los Angeles: After his now infamous television interview with David Letterman last year, actor Joaquin Phoenix is returning to the US talk show host`s guest chair.

With his bizarre new movie "I`m Still Here" still tantalizing audiences and movie critics, the acclaimed actor turned hip-hop wannabe will be a guest on the "Late Show" on September 22, broadcaster CBS said on Monday.

Phoenix`s mumbling, shambling February 2009 appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman", when the Oscar-nominated actor spoke of his surprise decision to retire from acting prompted suspicions that he was staging an elaborate hoax.

The 2009 episode garnered eight million views on-line between YouTube and

Phoenix`s strange behavior is now chronicled in the documentary movie "I`m Still Here" which got its premiere at the Venice film festival last week and has left viewers guessing about its sincerity.

Directed by his brother-in-law, actor Casey Affleck, the film follows Phoenix`s transition from brooding actor to bearded, shambolic hip-hop wannabe.

The film opened in U.S. theaters last week.

In anticipation of Phoenix`s visit to "Late Show" next week, CBS will rebroadcast that fateful February 11 appearance on September 16.

Bureau Report