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Opening Arguments

Won't get fooled again

Today's lesson in interpersonal relationships. Good hoax:

Casey Affleck wants to come clean.

His new movie, “I'm Still Here,” was performance. Almost every bit of it. Including Joaquin Phoenix's disturbing appearance on David Letterman's late-night show in 2009, Mr. Affleck said in a candid interview at a cafe here on Thursday morning.

“It's a terrific performance, it's the performance of his career,” Mr. Affleck said. He was speaking of Mr. Phoenix's two-year portrayal of himself — on screen and off — as a bearded, drug-addled aspiring rap star, who, as Mr. Affleck tells it, put his professional life on the line to star in a bit of “gonzo filmmaking” modeled on the reality-bending journalism of Hunter S. Thompson.

Bad hoax:

Police on Friday described a Vancouver, Wash., woman who poured acid over her own face and then claimed to have been attacked as an "upset, shaking, crying, very sad, very sad little girl."

Speaking on the TODAY show, Commander Marla Schuman said investigators had quickly come to the conclusion that Bethany Storro, 28, had faked the Aug. 30 attack, but that "until you actually hear it from her own mouth" they could not be entirely sure.

Really, really, really tiresome hoax: