River Jude Phoenix
August 23rd 1970 - October 31st 1993.
In the early hours of Halloween, 1993, River Phoenix lost his life. This Halloween 2013 marks 20 years since.
"I don’t want to separate myself from the rest of the world. If the world is not doing too good, I’m a part of it - I’ll be happy to take the blame. I’m along for the ride. But I don’t think things can change over night; a slow evolution has to take place. One of my beliefs is about harmlessness to animals. I don’t believe in eating meat or using any animal by-products or contributing to suppressing animals - or people either!
One thing I’d like to do when I have the money is to buy thousands of acres of Brazilian rainforest and make a national park, so no one can bulldoze it and put up a McDonald’s. I guess people find security in a Big Mac but that’s our oxygen!
In this business, man, you’ve got to be very careful that it doesn’t get out of hand. I don’t want to get so lost in thinking about me and talking about me all the time in interviews. It’s so nice to unwind and just look at other things and get out of yourself. It’s hard to detach myself from myself without neglecting myself. You know that I mean? I don’t want to get into the habit of thinking about my career, because when it comes down to it, it’s not really that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on!”