Thinking of the extraordinary and beloved River Phoenix, who was born on this day in 1970. Here he is giving one of his finest performances in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (1991), a moving look at unrequited love & life on society’s margins.
“River prepared for his role as a street kid by meeting Mike Parker, the hustler friend of Van Sant whom his character was based on. Parker’s quick, shy eye movements, his graceful hand gestures emerging from head-down repose, were exactly Phoenix’s in Idaho. He said he felt Phoenix extracting ‘those moves’”