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Sure, the chances of the real emperor Commodus resembling Joachim Phoenix are slim, but then so are the chances of him resembling his ancient marble portrait-bust from the Esquiline Hill in Rome, which shows him in the guise of Hercules, or indeed his portrayal in primary sources such as Dio Cassius, Herodian and the Augustan History.
The anonymous Augustan history Life of Alexander Severus says that the emperor placed a bust of Christ in his private chapel: he (a pagan) would hardly have so honoured someone whose existence was doubtful.