Actress Samantha Mathis played the lead character of Amy in the 1995 film “Jack and Sarah” for very personal reasons. See Mathis was the last girlfriend of actor River Phoenix who she met on the set of the 1993 film “The Thing Called Love”. She was also with Phoenix the night he died as a result of a drug overdose while attending The Viper Room in Los Angeles, California. “Jack and Sarah” was shot in London so she took the job in order to get out of the country after his death because of the plentiful press coverage.
In the autopsy report the Los Angeles Police detailed that Mathis refused several times to give more details surrounding the death of Phoenix. She also had told deputies at the time of Phoenix’s death that she had no knowledge of his drug use. Either way, it was too painful for her to be around the insane coverage and constant reminder of his death which led to her leaving the country.