Joaquin Phoenix and his fiance Rooney Mara just had a baby boy and named him River after Joaquin’s older brother who passed away in 1993.
That’s it really. River Phoenix was an incredible actor and his best performance, I think, was ‘Mikey Waters’ in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. That movie changed my life. I watched it with four friends from school, and when ‘Have A Nice Day’ appeared on screen at the end, I was changed. This was art! My little friends, who had been transfixed during the movie, sneered and made gay jokes when the film ended, and that was when I knew I had to leave my small town. And I did. And ended up meeting Gus Van Sant and thanking him for the incentive! Here’s deleted scene from Idaho I found on YouTube a while back. Welcome to the world, River Phoenix.