Joaquin Phoenix wasn’t the only person to dupe ‘Late Show’ viewers during his infamous appearance last year. No, it now appears David Letterman was in on the ruse the entire time.
The Hollywood Reporter dug up an interview from last year with one of Letterman’s writers, Bill Scheft, claiming Letterman was in on the bearded Phoenix joke all along, and faked the famous interview on live television.
“Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along,” Scheft said in the interview with independent newspaper Nuvo that was dug up on Friday after Affleck called off the act.
In an interview with the New York Times, director of the Phoenix mockumentary “I’m Still Here” Casey Affleck said no one knew about the joke, except for his agent, of course. Scheft says otherwise.
“It was great television,” Scheft added. “But I will take credit for the line, ‘I think I owe Farah Fawcett an apology.’ That line was mine. I gave that to him during the break.”
According to Scheft, he’s been trying to tell people it was fake the whole time, but no one wanted to believe him.
“I’ve told people that [everyone was in one the joke], and not only don’t people believe me, they tell me that I’m wrong and that [Phoenix] is a schizophrenic and he needs help, and he’s going to end up like his brother [River, overdosed in 1993],” Scheft insisted. “I said no. I saw the segment notes. It’s an act. I saw Ben Affleck’s brother taping the whole thing.”
Phoenix returns to the scene of the prank on Wednesday, September 22.