“I remember that I instantly liked him and I wanted him to like me. River was easy to get along with. Our characters were best friends, so we just were, too. It was completely natural and uncomplicated. (…) There was something really peaceful about him. He exuded this wisdom.’’
“I really, really liked River. I looked up to him. He was a person who you just instantly liked and you wanted him to like you back. He was kind and there was something really peaceful about him. He exuded this wisdom.” — Wil Wheaton, 2016.
River, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman, Stand By Me behind the scenes, 1986.
‘’In “Stand by Me” I realized that what I was creating was going to live on far longer than anything of me as a person. The characters are more powerful than the person that creates them.’’ — River Phoenix.
‘’It was magical to make. Just being a kid up there with these guys. It was such a bond. It’s just like the movie says, you never have friends like you did when you were 12.’’ — Jerry O’Connell.
‘’[…] How lucky I am and how wonderful it is that I have this incredible movie in my body of work and it’s been there since I was a kid. There are actors who will go their entire careers without ever having an opportunity to work in a film like ‘Stand By Me. […]’’ — Wil Wheaton.
’’It’s become a cult classic. It’s brought up all the time, ‘why don’t you do a sequel.’’ — Corey Feldman.