Johnny Depp was stunned when he heard River Phoenix had died outside his Los Angeles club THE VIPER ROOM, because the two wildmen were planning to work together.

The movie stars had met each other a number of times and were respectful of each other's work - and they were considering making a film together.

Depp says, "There was always the sort of promise, 'Hey, we'll get together and do something sometime.' I liked him.

"I liked his work ethic, and I liked his choices. He was a sharp guy. He had so many amazing possibilities before him. F***, what a waste."

12/04/2004 08:58