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"I get offered a lot of stuff and sure, you pause when they say on the phone, 'You won't do this for two, well, how about three?' But after the movie comes out I think, 'Man, I'm glad I didn't do that'. It's just not worth it. It's all in the script and whether I believe in it."
"I sleep and I work and that's it. I don't do anything fun for myself. I have to immerse myself or else I feel false."
An older River Phoenix on his career.
"Sometimes you deny yourself the sleep you need because you're going to be working the next day. You stay up and you work very hard on the script or you write a song, which everyone is urging you to do."
"I don't think I'm a very good actor. Everything is kind of tentative and at a certain point you click in and you just feel the Holy Ghost move you. It's a great feeling. It's not like I reason and say, 'Oh, I want to do this'. It's just an inherent challenge that grips you and says, 'Do it'. Your subconcious says go with it, make it something. I think I can root out characters pretty well. I can be possessed pretty well. And I've got the psychiatrist's bills to prove it."
"I need to get up there with the big box-office types. You must have the conventional success to have the uncoventional success. If I can do two unconventional films and one corporate monster film like this a year, three total, then I'll be happy."
River Phoenix on The Thing Called Love.
He would actually make no more films at all.