Friday, October 29, 2010
Even though Idaho is a remote place, that doesn't really say much to us Europeans, there is something irresistibly romantic, melancholic and mysterious in its name and the vast plains. Such a picture of this far away American state has surely been shaped by the 90's Gus Van Sant's cult film, where the love and friendship are overlapping in the story about two young male prostitutes, impersonated by young Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix.
On October 31st 1993 Phoenix died from an overdose in front of an LA club, he was one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood at the time. His role in My Own Private Idaho and the tender scenes with Keanu Reeves helped ratify Phoenix's status as a gay icon. In two days it will be 17 years after River died.