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"I never felt pushed into acting. My parents sacrificed a lot to help us build our careers. I guess they felt that if there was any success it might help get our concerns across. First off, we all share the success. I'm the front man who's actually up there. I can speak my mind and share my thoughts and hope it will make a difference."
"When I first start working on a role I really go overboard. For about a week I guess you could say I overact. Then for about three days I just think about my lines - every single word. Everything is very literal. Once I start filming, I let everything go. I try to forget everything I've done and be as simple as possible. In simplicity there is truth."
"It just feels so good, it's such a great escape, you know. It really is. It's such a great fantasy. It has nothing to do with the idea of movies, it's just getting lost. Having an excuse to get that far out of your head is just a really good feeling."
River Phoenix on acting.
"We had a vision that our kids could captivate the world."