Joaquin Phoenix explains why he lies on talk shows

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Joaquin Phoenix is seen on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 08: Joaquin Phoenix sighting on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actor Joaquin Phoenix attends the premiere of 'Inherent Vice' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actors/siblings Rain Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix attend the premiere of 'Inherent Vice' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
EXCLUSIVE - Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon seen at Warner Bros Pictures' Premiere of "Inherent Vice" on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix seen at Warner Bros Pictures' Premiere of "Inherent Vice" on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix seen at Warner Bros Pictures' Premiere of "Inherent Vice" on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Actor Joaquin Phoenix attends the gala screening of the feature film "Inherent Vice" during the 2014 AFI Fest at The Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
Joaquin Phoenix arrives at 2014 AFI Fest - "Inherent Vice" on Saturday, Nov 08, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Joaquin Phoenix attends the world premiere of "Inherent Vice" during the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the LA Premiere of "Her" - Arrivals at at the Directors Guild of America, on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix and Director/Writer Spike Jonze attend the LA Premiere of "Her", on Thursday,December, 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
Actor Joaquin Phoenix and unidentified guest attend the premiere of "The Master" during the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept. 7, 2012 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor Joaquin Phoenix attends the premiere of "The Master" during the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept. 7, 2012 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Actors Marion Cotillard (L) and Joaquin Phoenix attends the Dior & Vanity Fair with The Cinema Society host the premiere of The Weinstein Company's 'The Immigrant' at The Paley Center for Media on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
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Whenever Joaquin Phoenix appears on a talk show, there's always a chance that most of what he says is going to be made up. When the actor sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, she made sure to call him out on it.

After Joaquin shared a sweet moment with Ellen, explaining how his family watched her stand-up comedy special on Christmas this year, Ellen thanked him, and even said she believed him.

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When Phoenix asked her why she wouldn't believe him, Ellen took the opportunity to broach the subject of the star's dubious history with talk show interviews.

"You lie on talk shows. Every time I've ever seen you!" Ellen said, referring, most recently, to the Inherent Vice star's "announcement" on the Late Show in December that he had gotten engaged to his yoga instructor. The next day he admitted it was a lie.

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"Did you think it would just be a good story to say you were engaged?" Ellen asked.

"I wanted the audience to like me. And they always like you when you get engaged," he responded. "Everyone applauds."

"That's hilarious! So you said you got engaged just to get applause? Let's see if it works now," Ellen prompted. "So I understand you're engaged?"

"I am. I actually just got engaged," Joaquin said, playing along. True to form, Ellen's audience erupted with cheers.

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Check out the video for more from the Oscar-nominated star, and get a look at his critically acclaimed comedy Inherent Vice.

Watch Phoenix's entire interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday.

Joaquin Phoenix Explains Why He Lies On Talk Shows

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