River Jude Phoenix
RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988)
“Why do you have to carry the burden of someone else’s life?”
There was meant to be a scene, in the movie, where Danny Pope (River Phoenix’s character) is interrupted while practicing a classical, piano solo. In the script, when he’s caught, he breaks into a jazz riff to cover the embarrassment of doing something serious. River fought against this, saying his character wouldn’t ever be embarrassed about playing something classical on the piano. The film’s director, Sidney Lumet, was so impressed that River made such a point, he ended up shooting the scene the way River wanted it.