Actor Joaquin Phoenix broke down on the set of his latest movie and started banging his head against a wall - because a scene reportedly sparked memories of his brother RIVER's tragic death.

THE VILLAGE star - who was 19 when his brother died of a drug overdose outside Los Angeles nightclub THE VIPER ROOM in 1993 - is currently filming Johnny Cash biopic RING OF FIRE.

Sources say Phoenix had to be taken away in an ambulance after references to the horrific death of Cash's younger brother Jack in an electrical tool accident caused him to freak out.

Phoenix's publicist denies that the star is having a breakdown, but there are rumours the film's location may have to be switched from Memphis, Tennessee to Hollywood, to make Phoenix more comfortable.

27/09/2004 17:45