Movie hunk Joaquin Phoenix joined the long list of victim's of Mel Gibson's practical jokes whilst they filmed hit movie SIGNS together.

The pair were shooting M Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller when fun-loving Mel decided to leave Joaquin in a closet while the crew broke for lunch.

Joaquin, 28, says, "Mel was supposed to come down and knock on the door of this closet I'm sitting in.

"So I'm sitting there and sitting there, figuring Mel's doing something new and spontaneous. But the time just drags on and on.

"Suddenly all the lights go out as everyone breaks for lunch, leaving me there for like 20 minutes.

"They left the sound recording going though. Night has that tape somewhere - I say some pretty awful things."

01/08/2003 17:29