things in the film that Birdlace does that if that were me, I'd be so
embarrassed," says Phoenix. "But it's not me. It completely belongs to him.
" Still, no matter what he does, Phoenix is hard to disguise. Folksinger Holly Near, who plays
Rose's mother, observes: "If you had more young men like River than like
Eddie Birdlace, you wouldn't have a Marine Corps."