“I don’t want to get into the habit of thinking about my career because when it comes down to it, it’s not that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on.” —“I’m just glad to be in a film I believe in. And if it take’s fame to get people there, then it’s my job. But i’d rather be a ghost writer than have my name down.”
“An actor with any conviction goes the extra mile.”
There are certain actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman. When Philip died, what we were grieving about was not only that he died, but that he took a very well known future away from us. We knew he had all these great performances to come. That left a big hole. The same thing is true of River Phoenix. He was, without question, the best of that group of actors that came up at that time. Movie stardom is not just acting talent. It’s not just your ability to move an audience. It’s a combination of a lot of things. And he had it. He died so young that it was a real theft. A real robbery.
[Richard Dreyfuss, who played older Gordie Lachance in SBM, on River]
“In a profession that divides it’s young into marginalized wackos with integrity like Crispin Glover and John Lurie, or hipster sellouts like Christian Slater and Robert Downey Jr., Phoenix was that once-in-a-decade actor honest enough to connect powerfully with people his own age, and skillful enough to remind members of an older generation of the intensity they’d lost.” - SPIN, January 1994 by Dennis Cooper
“And that’s what we do. But if we realized that there really is no reason to consume-that it’s just a mind set, that it’s just an addiction, then we wouldn't be out there stepping on people’s hands climbing the corporate ladder of success.
— I have my reasons why I want to be filthy rich. It’s so I can buy the last first growth forest and turn it into a permanent national park. I just bought 800 acres on the border of Panama and Costa Rica.”
River Phoenix should never be classified as a tragedy, or idolized because of his fate. He is such a complex enigma that should be viewed for his way of living and the genuine positivity he generated within each of his ongoing beliefs. River’s passion as well as his sincerity towards Mother Earth and all living creatures is something that should be shared first and foremost. Projecting the mindset he wished to convey upon anyone he encountered is all we can truthfully do. We can build on the dreams he embedded inside a world of justification and song. We can educate others on the intrinsically moving impact he made and continues to make; as his concern for the quality of life surrounding him proves itself to be true. The commiseration River embodied for those who wished to listen is prevalent and inviolable. He wasn’t some holy being; he was human — That’s why it’s so easy for us to cohere to the spiritual aspect of his psyche. In this sense, he is and can be deemed sacrosanct. I just believe he’s worth so much more than a quick correlation to an unplanned demise. I just really love him, man.
Soooo this is what I got for my 16th birthdayyyy :) I’m so happy!!!! I also got Corey’s biography! Can’t wait to read both of them, obviously gonna start with LNATVP because YOU KNOW WHY xD This book is also really nice for decoration I feel like? Is it just me or is the covery very chic/modern/artsy?? You can just put it on your desk (not if you have homework to do bc distraction,guys) AFTER YOU READ IT 47844 TIMES OBVIOUSLY xD ANYWAY goodnight guys xx
“I try to stay away from that. I don’t feel that I am attached to material things, though I have all the comforts that a lot of people don’t have. I have the modern conveniences of a blender, a toilet, a shower. A lot of people have to do their thing in the gutter.”