River Phoenix: Director Remembers Final Role
George Sluizer talks working with late actor on ''Dark Blood,'' which makes its L.A. debut on Oct. 29
River Phoenix | It's been 20 years since 23-year-old River Phoenix died of a drug overdose outside a West Hollywood club on Halloween morning. He left behind a
River Phoenix | ''I spent a few days with him in Utah before, and that was partly to talk to him without any interference. I wanted to know
River Phoenix | ''He was very young, but I think everybody was impressed by River, just by his very strong charisma,'' Sluizer recalled. ''My wife, who was already
River Phoenix | According to Sluizer, ''He preferred music to film. I really felt that playing the guitar was more important [to him] than being in a movie.
River Phoenix | ''I chose him partly because I wanted a very nice boy on one side, but I knew that the part he had to play was
River Phoenix | ''It's difficult to say'' which scene is Sluizer's favorite, the director admits, ''because he plays his own dying in the film. I was extremely moved