The Golden Globe winning actor and star of the box office smash Joker talks to 60 Minutes‘ Anderson Cooper about the presence his brother River still plays in his life.
In 1993 at the height of his fame, River Phoenix’s life was cut short one night while out with his younger brother Joaquin and their sister Rain Phoenix, dying of a drug overdose at just 23.
CBS News reports, “Today, Joaquin Phoenix has become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors. He’s built a career, in part, on playing dark, complicated characters and he received a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of a homicidal clown in Todd Phillips’ Joker. Despite a reluctance to talk about River publicly in the past, Joaquin Phoenix and his family spoke candidly about his death, legacy, and influence with 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper.”
“I feel like in virtually every movie that I made, there was a connection to River in some way,” Joaquin says. “And I think that we’ve all felt his presence and guidance in our lives in numerous ways.”