"He was talking about changing his name to Rio, a single name, like Sting; he didn't think River Phoenix was an very interesting name." - "I've been thinking of changing my name from River Phoenix to Rio - like Sting.
“River was not like anybody. He was River Phoenix. It’s like when James Dean died, so many people tried to be the next James Dean. You can never be ‘the next’. There’s only one Marilyn Monroe. There’s only one Elvis Presley, only one James Dean, only one River Phoenix” - Udo Kier