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Interviewer: Keanu, you’ve said you accepted a part in Idaho first, hoping River would do the film too.

Keanu Reeves: No. We were always together.

River Phoenix: He was lying. We were doing I Love You to Death, and we both got the Idaho script. We were driving in a car on Santa Monica Boulevard, probably on the way to a club, and were talking really fast about the whole idea. We were excited. It could have been like a bad dream—a dream that never follows through because no one commits, but we just forced ourselves into it. We said “OK, I’ll do it if you do it. I won’t do it if you don’t.” We shook hands. That was it.

[River and Keanu for Interview Magazine, 1991].