Recently I was sitting an a cafe, notepad out and expecting my pen to start moving. With the blank page still staring at me, I realized I was waiting for inspiration to strike. Steven King’s quotation popped into my head: Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Fortunately, my brain twisted the idea of striking inspiration (as only my brain can), and suddenly in my head I was on an Indiana Jones-esque adventure where ideas were snakes, hidden, coiled, and ready to strike. As I progressed through the tangled jungle of my memories, I was waiting for the attack.
Then again, Indiana Jones would not have gone out seeking snakes! Strangely enough, I have never seen a snake in the wild, despite living in rattlesnake country most of my life.
I think the fedora and khakis were drawn into my subconscious because I recent read that it was the 25th anniversary of the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
After the horrible second film, I was so glad to have the humor and great story line of the original continued in the franchise. At first, I couldn’t believe that it had been 25 years until I realized that River Phoenix had played the young Indie.
It was River’s brother, Leaf (now known as Joaquin), who made the 911 phone call about River’s collapse in 1993. I remember all of this so well. Like many 80s children, I grew up watching River’s films, starting with Stand By Me. His name on the poster was enough to get me to go into the theater.
Two things really stuck in my head about his death. First, when people would confront him about his drug use, his answer was consistently “I’m a vegan,” believing somehow that that would protect him. What stands out most though was the tox report after his death. There was an impressively long list of drugs, followed by Sudafed. That little red pill – which keeps me functioning during allergy season – seemed odd on that list.
In tribute to River and the rest of the cast of The Last Crusade, I have placed the film in my library queue and will be watching it soon. It will be interesting to see if it’s aged well. Not only will I get some great entertainment, there is the added benefit of it breaking my writer’s block!
Am I the only one that has been disappointed by even number Indiana Jones films? or What celebrity deaths have really struck you?