Joaquin Phoenix stunned Toronto subway passengers with a surprise visit that briefly clogged a downtown station’s platform and stairwells.

Phoenix spent about five minutes wandering past transit riders to view black-and-white images of farmed animals. The wall murals are part of a campaign by the Colorado-based organization Be Fair Be Vegan.

Leading the tour was Anita Krajnc of the vegan advocacy group Toronto Pig Save.

Krajnc says the event was organized very quickly, noting she asked Phoenix on Sunday if he could make an appearance and he agreed that night.

“He’s so busy, the only window he had was 3 to 5 p.m. today and he has this big award, yet he took time out to come see Be Fair Be Vegan Toronto because it’s so close to his heart,” said Krajnc.

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