"Usually, I write the detailed biography of the character. For me it’s the only possible way. To play a sad scene, many will only for example think of their mother’s death. I consider it’s a mistake for an actor to cross the boundary that separates him from his character. Because then you impose him your own references. That’s why I need to have landmarks that only belong to my character. For example, for “My Own Private Idaho” I wrote a lot. And once the movie was done, I burned it all."
River Phoenix (Final interview with French Magazine Première published December 1993)
(Source: spiritsdancinginthenight, via leonmcgrawquotes)
"Is that true? I feel so detached from the screen that I never get enough sense of someone to want to have sex with them. There are a few of them who are charming, but, no, I’d have to know someone for a long time before I did that. Our leading man/leading lady ideas are just so messed up. That’s why I define myself more as a character actor, not accepting the makeup that will make you look “right”. I want to see more different, interesting, real people onscreen. I could have more of a [laughs] sexual motive toward the screen if there were some real people up there. And there are a few, but not enough. I want to see more De Niros. I want to see more Spike Lees. I want to see more women, especially, up there."
River Phoenix, 1991.
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