ET interviewed the young cast just days after Stand by Me
's release in 1986, and Phoenix -- later known for standout performances in indie fare before he tragically died
of a drug overdose at age 23 -- waxed poetic on the film's more philosophical scenes. When asked if kids really talk that way, Phoenix, 16 at the time, responded, "Well, I know I do, even when I was 12. It's real insight on how kids really think and what goes through their minds, and it depends on how they were raised and how much they know, but I thought it was pretty realistic."