River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, 1990
Keanu Reeves …so hot right now!
It seems like the world has Keanu fever and we couldn’t be happier. Everything we’ve ever read about Keanu has been overwhelmingly positive and he seems to be a genuine role model.
The below photo from 1990 with River Phoenix was likely taken during filming of ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ which came out in 1991.
Phoenix and Reeves met on the film ‘I Love You to Death’ and quickly became best friends. When Reeves saw the script for ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ he knew Phoenix was perfect for the role. In December 1989, Reeves rode more than 1,000 miles on his motorcycle to hand deliver the film’s treatment to Phoenix and persuade him to take the role. It was during the filming of ‘My Own Private Idaho’ that Phoenix reportedly developed a drug addiction that would later claim his life.
In 1993, at age 23, Phoenix died of a drug overdose outside of the famed celebrity hotspot Viper Room after reportedly taking a lethal combination of cocaine, heroin, and Valium. Reeves was also 23 years old at the time.