Phoenix caught the eye of producers by doing an Elvis Presley impression at his audition.7.
Phoenix made his breakthrough to stardom in Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age drama in 1986.
He lost to Kevin Kline, but his mother, Arlyn Phoenix, recalled that he was as excited for Kline as he would have been if he himself had won.15.
Among Phoenix’s friends were many greats of the 1980s and ’90s alternative scene: actor Keanu Reeves, singer Michael Stipe of R. M., bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary and other members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and film director Gus Van Sant.16.
In the months before his death, Phoenix was filming , which was incomplete when he died.
When River was 3, his family joined the religious group Children of God and became missionaries in Venezuela.In 2007, when he was told an aneurysm would limit his remaining years, he decided to complete the film, glossing over the unfilmed scenes with voiceover narration.The result is still an unfinished product, but one whose dark story, striking imagery, and intense acting have produced critical acclaim on the festival circuit.River Phoenix, the unnervingly talented actor and elder brother to Joaquin Phoenix, was just 23 when he died of a drug overdose.
At the time, he was about 80 percent through the arduous production of released a trailer today, confirming that the film will, more than two decades after its production, finally see a release.
Filming of the movie nearly stopped in response to the tragedy.