Jonathan Pryce on the death of his friend River Phoenix

Unknown‘The phone rang at five in the morning, remembers Jonathan Pryce. “I didn’t know where the hell I was for a moment,” says the Welsh actor, who was in Hollywood making a film with the brilliant young River Phoenix. “It was the producer on the line. All she said was, ‘River is dead.’ It seemed impossible, so I reached for the remote control and clicked on the television at the foot of the bed and there it all was, on screen.”’ So begins a piece for the Sunday Telegraph, which you can read in full here. I interviewed Jonathan at the offices of Friendship Works, a charity that arranges mentors for children who are growing up in difficult circumstances. He’s a patron. He doesn’t give many interviews, so this one was a rare pleasure, and it went in a very surprising direction …

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