Unbelievably, it’s been more than 20 years since River Phoenix was taken from us way too soon. From “My Own Private Idaho” to “Stand By Me,” here are 10 reasons why we still miss seeing his mesmerizing performances onscreen.
There are few things as exciting in Hollywood as a hot, young talent on the rise. Because of that, few things feel as tragic as the news that another cinematic star has left us far too soon. Here are ten stars who took their final bows while they were still way too young.
When I watched that trailer for THE MASTER I thought, “You make a movie with the Phoenix you have, not the Phoenix you want” (just kidding, Joaquin…you’re great). And then, lo and behold, /Film has a little story on the effort to finish DARK BLOOD, the film River Phoenix was working on when he died of a drug overdose back in 1993. Now, as a child of the 80s, I’ve always held onto fond memories of the eldest Phoenix kid (I mean, Joaquin was just that moody masturbator in PARENTHOOD…and wasn’t his name Leaf, anyway?). So it was exciting to see Dutch director George Sluizer (THE VANISHING) trot out his DARK BLOOD footage and talk about paying tribute to River: