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Old Man River
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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"I would get songs sung to me, like Old Man River, or kids would call me Mississippi and things like that. At the time, I wished I had a name that blended in more with my surroundings. Now, though, I've really learned to love it. From fifteen I really liked it, it felt appropriate. Before that I don't think it quite fitted me. I had to grow into it."

River Phoenix on his name.

"Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I'm probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people."

River Phoenix

"That's the only time I have security. Myself is a bum! Myself is nothing! I'm a peon. I'm an idiot. I'm totally removed. I'm in the closet. I'm out of sight. You can't touch me!"

River Phoenix on playing a character in a movie.

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