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Keanu Reeves - An Illustrated Storyby David Bassom.
First published in 1996.
First and last, this is a Keanu Reeves book and the actor's various friends and co-stars are mentioned only briefly. It is whilst discussing the appropriately named movie River's Edge, that River's name first appears. Even then it is just to highlight the similarities between Stand By Me and River's Edge, another ensemble movie from 1986, in which a group of friends discover the dead body of one of their school friends on the edge of a river bank.
With plagiarism so common in Hollywood, another striking similarity is discovered a short time later when the book looks at the 1988 movie Permanent Record. Keanu stars as a high school student who has to re-evaluate his own life following the suicide of his best friend and the similarities with Surviving are once again hard to ignore.
Despite his adult hobbies and interests, on screen at least, Keanu, at this point in his career, was always to be found playing much younger characters. Not wanting to be typecast, Keanu was no doubt keen to bring new meaning to the phrase "acting his age" and he would soon be starring alongside Patrick Swayze in the action-packed thriller Point Break. Without taking a break, it would be on the very day that production was completed on this physically exhausting movie that Keanu would leave for Oregon to begin work on My Own Private Idaho.
Reproduced in the book are four publicity shots from the movie as well as a huge two-page spread of River, Keanu and Gus Van Sant enjoying a break during filming. It doesn't take long though for the author's strong dislike for My Own Private Idaho to become apparent.
Sure. The highlight of the movie in fact.
After completing My Own Private Idaho, Keanu returned to Los Angeles to reprise his Ted "Theodore" Logan character in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. River is mentioned no more throughout the rest of the book.