activist lives on in his recorded performances. Any doubt of River's reluctance to appealmass-commercially was conﬁrmed when he took on the role of Mike. It is a role whichinvolved not only mental illness, poverty, and abandonment, but also sexualnonchalance and ambiguity.
The character of Mike suffers from narcolepsy, a chemical imbalance in the brainthat causes him to fall asleep anywhere at any time. Before he passes out, he thinks ofhis mother and his home in Idaho, the only place he had any privacy. What Mike wantsfrom life is to ﬁnd his mother in order to hopefully never suffer a narcoleptic sleep again.The world in his eyes is one of vast space, like Idahoan ﬁelds, where people are free todo whatever they please, as long as its done private and in peace. There is noexistence of night nor day because sleep is just a moment between walking.
Ironically for Mike's profession, narcolepsy is not a productive illness to have.Mike is part of a society of young men who meet people of various genders toencourage their fetishes for the price of cash. In other words, he is a prostitute. Unlikethe rest, though, Mike sells his body for neither emotional nor ﬁnancial gain.
His co-worker and best friend is Scott, played by Keanu Reeves asheterosexually straight. The character of Scott, by Keanu, is the son of a mayor who isdays away from receiving his million dollar trust-fund. He hustles for pleasure butspeaks as eloquent as Shakespeare. Scott wants nothing but a wife and home (after hegets his money).