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Which famous or infamous historical person would you bring back to life, and why?

Going through some of the answers, many picked past presidents, authors like Austen & Shakespeare. Jesus, of course, is a popular answer. My choice probably won't fall in the "historical person" category but whatever. I chose River Phoenix.



I don't remember exactly where I was when I heard about River's death but I do remember it was my freshman year in university. I've seen most of his films and was a fan but I wasn't an uberfan. His work did not change or impact my life in any profound way. And yet, of all the celebrity deaths, his death affected me the most. I can't really say why. Maybe because he was the first celebrity crush I lost.

I wonder how his career would've turned out if he had lived. Would he have become a respected mainstream actor like DiCaprio? Or maybe jump between mainstream and more obscure films like Depp? Would he have gone down the Downey route -- respected actor dealing with drugs but ultimately comes out trimphant? Or would he have faded away from Hollywood and went to live on a commune? Or, horror of horrors, would he have become a D-lister trying to regain what he had as a teenager and making appearances on The Two Coreys?

What would Joaquin be like today if his brother lived?

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bzzinglikeneon
Aug. 2nd, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ooo, good choice.

I've seen most of his films and was a fan but I wasn't an uberfan. His work did not change or impact my life in any profound way. And yet, of all the celebrity deaths, his death affected me the most. I can't really say why.

This is me, as well, with the possible exception of Michael Hutchence. I think maybe it's because there was so much sheer possibility in River. He hadn't done a lot yet, but you could see all that potential in him. You just knew that he was going to be important in the industry. But then, he was just gone. God, I was so gutted.
shing_
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
there was so much sheer possibility in River

Yeah, that's probably it. Oh the things he could've done.
worlddescending
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I was the exact same way when I heard. I was totally affected by finding out of his death.
shing_
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Sometimes I catch his movies on tv, like Stand By Me, and it just makes me sad :(
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