Day 11 → "Your favourite quote from River."
I have many favourite quotes from River but, I feel like this quote is something that relates to me, just as much as it does to River. I would never do anything I was told to do, unless it was apart of my beliefs. Like if someone wanted to pay me a million dollars to become a butcher…I would obviously say HELL NO. This quote just represents not only myself, with everything I stand for..but it also shows just how true and beautiful River’s soul really was.
favorite real life friendships: Wil Wheaton & River Phoenix
"I said on Twitter that I don’t think of him often, but when I do, I miss him, and hope that we would be close if he were alive today, because he was good people. I don’t know what kind of 43 year-old he would be, if we’d have anything in common, or if we would be friends. Hell, we hadn’t been close for a few years when he died, mostly because our lifestyles were incompatible and I wasn’t especially interested in his recreational activities of choice. But he was, in his heart, a kind and loving and caring person. He loved his family more than anyone I can think of, and he did everything for them, maybe — I think — to his own detriment at times. But he was good. River was good, and he had so much talent within him to share with the world, so many characters to play, songs to sing, and stories to tell … and we’ll never get to experience any of them. That makes me sad. Like I said, I don’t know if we’d be close, or if we’d have anything at all in common, but when I think of him, I remember the 16 year-old who I looked up to, who taught me chords on his guitar and played video games with me while we listened to music on a tiny mid-80s boom box in Oregon. I miss him, or at least the memory I have of him. He was good people, and he left us far too soon."
River Jude Phoenix
August 23rd, 1970 - October 31st, 1993
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of your passing. To me, it doesn’t even seem real that you’ve been gone for this long. I had never met you, but I feel so emotionally close to you. Hard to believe that you even died so tragically and unfairly. Halloween has never been the same for me. I can only imagine that you’re up there, looking down on all of us whilst guiding us through our lives; making sure we do good in the world.
"After eight minutes of seizure, arms flopping, his knuckles hitting the sidewalk, his feet flopping up and down, after about eight minutes of that he finally became still, completely still,’ said Davis. Rain lay on the pavement next to her brother. Ron Davis recalled: ‘She lifted up his shirt and was rubbing his tummy and saying "Can you hear me? Can you hear me….?"’ The paramedic team arrived within minutes of Leaf’s frantic phone call and about five minutes after Phoenix’s final seizure. Fire Captain Raymond Ribar headed the four strong team of medics and made an on-the-spot diagnosis of the problem he was dealing with: ‘It was the classic cocaine overreaction - it just nails some people and stops the heart,’ he said. The paramedics tried to revive Phoenix, giving basic life support on the sidewalk. Only now did a curious crowd form, witnesses to River Phoenix’s last performance. As Phoenix was lifted into an ambulance Michael Balzary (Flea) joined the group and got into the front of the ambulance for the short journey to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Leaf and Depp also made their way to the emergency room, a few blocks south of The Viper Room. It was 1:34 am when River Phoenix arrived in the hospital, in full cardiac arrest. Blood samples taken at the time, as surgeons opened his chest in an attempt to restart the heart, indicated valium and cocaine in high, certainly toxic levels. River Phoenix was pronounced dead at 1:51 am, after 20 minutes in the emergency room, on Sunday 31st October 1993." - River Phoenix: A Short Life by: Brain J. Robb
Day 10 → "Your favourite childhood photo of River."
Well, first of all River is an adorable little guy. Secondly, this photo just shows how he dedicated his life to music, and how throughout his life, he was so passionate about it from such a young age.
Day 9 → "Your favourite biography."
Okay, so I’ve never had the privilege to read any other biography other then the one I own, River Phoenix: A Short Life by Brian J. Robb. I really do enjoy reading this book, it does tell you a lot about River’s acting career, and his personal life.
Day 8 → "Your favourite video/interview of River."
Interviewer: Everyone on this set…everyone…has said the same thing. You’re terrific. You’re a terrific actor. A wonderful kid.
River is so adorable here. He’s so shy because everyone on the set of Running On Empty thinks he’s such an amazing actor and person.
Day 7 → "Your favourite photo of River wearing a sweater."
I love this sweater that River is wearing in this photo. It stands for everything that he believe’s in. Plus he was really dedicated to PETA.
Day 6 → "Your favourite photo of River doing one of his hobbies."
Okay, so I picked River playing his guitar as one of his hobbies. River was extremely passionate about music, and he spent his entire life playing guitar. I couldn’t think of any better hobby to choose. I love this photo because it’s not a posed photo, and he look’s like he’s really getting into it.
River once said, "Music is a hobby, because I’m not making any money out of it, but I put just as much conviction into that as much as I do into my acting."