And Jim Carroll - former junkie and rock singer, writer, poet and most recently movie actor on the strength of a cameo slot in the film adaptation of his The Basketball Diaries - has to go out. “Yeah, this art exhibition down in SoHo. Like, I don`t even know where it is and ahh . . .
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Carroll, who was a consultant on the film and appears in a cameo role as a junkie, hung out with DiCaprio whenever he visited the set, and the two apparently bonded. "Jim is one of the coolest guys I've ever met," DiCaprio said.
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The Basketball Diaries Theatrical release poster Directed byScott Kalvert Screenplay byBryan Goluboff Based onThe Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll Produced byLiz Heller John Bard Manulis Starring Leonardo DiCaprio Bruno Kirby Lorraine Bracco Ernie Hudson Patrick McGaw James Madio Michael Imperioli Mark Wahlberg CinematographyDavid Phillips Edited byDana Congdon Music byGraeme Revell Production company Island Pictures Distributed byNew Line Cinema Release date January 27, 1995 April 21, 1995 Run
The Basketball Diaries James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)  was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries , which inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll, and his 1980 song "People Who Died" with the Jim Carroll Band.
He responded by pulling out a beat up paperback of "The Basketball Diaries" and stated "I wanted to play Jim Carroll." Later, the Los Angeles Times declared, "River Phoenix may have wanted it too much." Leonardo DiCaprio was a fan of Phoenix.
Maybe someday I will create a separate page dealing with such matters; for now, my concern is that the film misrepresents Jim Carroll's book and his life. --Cassie Carter, Webmaster. Scott Kalvert's The Basketball Diaries, starring LeonardoDiCaprio, opened Friday, April 21, 1995, in selected cities. The film is supposedly an adaptation of Jim Carroll's autobiographical book The Basketball Diaries, which records his experiences as a teenager in early1960s New York City.
Just because the heralded Basketball Diaries, penned by real-life survivor, Jim Carroll (DiCaprio's character), vividly recounts a New York youth's descent into a world of filth, pimps and needle ...