River Phoenix. Such a cutie. At his death I thought of him as the modern James Dean, since James died young as well.

River Phoenix. Such a cutie. At his death I thought of him as the modern James Dean, since James died young as well.

Film trivia: When it came to casting the role of the Vampire Lestat in the much anticipated screen adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, River Phoenix was the author's first choice. She felt that Phoenix, with his mysteriously haunted yet fragile quality was perfect to play the Vampire Lestat and fought for him to get the part. Director Neil Jordan agreed with the author's choice but was at the mercy of the studio, who wanted Tom Cruise in the starting role. 1/2

Film trivia: When it came to casting the role of the Vampire Lestat in the much anticipated screen adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, River Phoenix was the author's first choice. She felt that Phoenix, with his mysteriously haunted yet fragile quality was perfect to play the Vampire Lestat and fought for him to get the part. Director Neil Jordan agreed with the author's choice but was at the mercy of the studio, who wanted Tom Cruise in the starting role. 1/2

Promising star: At the time of his death Phoenix was compared to the late James Dean who died in 1955

Promising star: At the time of his death Phoenix was compared to the late James Dean who died in 1955

River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton.  “I never thought River was going to be the one who would struggle - he was a good kid and he was so talented.” -Wil Wheaton on the death of River Phoenix

River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton. “I never thought River was going to be the one who would struggle - he was a good kid and he was so talented.” -Wil Wheaton on the death of River Phoenix

LITTLE NIKITA, River Phoenix, 1988 | Essential Film Stars, River Phoenix http://gay-themed-films.com/river-phoenix/

LITTLE NIKITA, River Phoenix, 1988 | Essential Film Stars, River Phoenix http://gay-themed-films.com/river-phoenix/

River Phoenix, at home, Gainesville, 1987  Born	River Jude Bottom[1]  August 23, 1970  Metolius, Oregon, United States  Died	October 31, 1993 (aged 23)  Los Angeles, California, United States  Cause of death	Drug overdose

River Phoenix, at home, Gainesville, 1987 Born River Jude Bottom[1] August 23, 1970 Metolius, Oregon, United States Died October 31, 1993 (aged 23) Los Angeles, California, United States Cause of death Drug overdose

River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 at age 23. He died of a cardiac arrest that was caused by having large amounts of heroin and cocaine in his system. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Samantha Mathis were all present at the time of his death.

River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 at age 23. He died of a cardiac arrest that was caused by having large amounts of heroin and cocaine in his system. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Samantha Mathis were all present at the time of his death.

River Phoenix as Devo and Tracey Ullman as Rosalie.  My favorite line of the whole movie (I Love You To Death)  Devo: "Why? Your heart doesn't know how old you are."  (Jessica Ransford)

River Phoenix as Devo and Tracey Ullman as Rosalie. My favorite line of the whole movie (I Love You To Death) Devo: "Why? Your heart doesn't know how old you are." (Jessica Ransford)

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