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River had 2 dogs - a german shephard mixed with a doberman, and a pure-bred german shephard.  Their names were Jupiter and Justice.

 

River had to put on 15 extra pounds to play Chris Chambers in Stand By Me - because he was a 14 year old playing a 12-13 year old, and the producers thought that the fatter you were, the younger you looked.

 

River was fluent in Spanish.

 

The character of Wolfgang in Explorers wears glasses -  while filming, River hated being seen in them by girls, and took them off whenever girls approached him.

 

River claimed he had a vision of his future wife and would meet and marry her in 2002.  He carried a composite sketch of what he thought she would like like.

 

Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985) was River's favourite movie.

 

Before going on camera he would drink warm soda, such as Dr.Pepper or Coke.

 

He collected baseball jerseys.

 

 

River financed the first House of Blues along with Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, James Belushi and others.  It opened on November 26 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  This original location has since closed, but the hands-in-concrete driveway where members of the Blues Brothers and others left their mark, is still there.

 

EXCERPT FROM - A CONVERSATION WITH RIVER PHOENIX AND DAN AYKROYD By Michael Cartel (1993)

 

Phoenix is Aykroyd’s new partner.  They are opening up The House of Blues in Cambridge, MA and will soon have a franchise of nightclubs and blues accessories around the country.  “Help ever, hurt never,” the card slogan reads.  “I can’t stand parties and I hate bars,” Phoenix says after being asked about his participation with the new venture. “…but I love music.”  You might see a scheme that snares this naïve kid into gambling a considerable bankroll on Aykroyd’s new project.  Soon, It’s clear that Phoenix wants to invest on his own. “Blues,” he says, “aside from the Native American music, it’s true, it’s the only true indigenous American music…”Phoenix turns to Aykroyd for help. “Right? Blues…? Umm…”

 

HOUSE OF BLUES WEBSITE

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

A LIST OF FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT RIVER.

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