Keanu Reeves is one of the most hard-working, popular and at the same time the dirtiest actors in Hollywood. The Guardian's Tom Lamont, a freelance journalist, has had a video interview with the famous movie star on the pretext of the release of the fourth installment of The Matrix Resurrections.
* Keanu Reeves He covers himself with both hands. Shaking his head, his long shiny black hair shakes his face. He is now fifty-seven years old, and twenty years away from the young man who played the memorable role of Neo in the first installment of The Matrix. I told him about the experience of watching The Matrix in the Cape Hall to the Cape Cinema and the excitement of people who could not sit still in their seats. And I confessed that I want to see the fourth episode not on the cinema screen, but on my laptop. I said this just to start his engine for conversation; Encourage him to talk about Hollywood in 2021; A strange time for the film industry, with Cavid-related precautionary measures, such as simultaneous movie screenings in movie theaters and online home theater platforms. He squeezes his hands behind his laptop and says in a pleading tone, "Do not do this, comrade. "Do not watch the movie with your laptop." Keanu admits he is not a morning person. When he was a young actor, he told his program manager that if they wanted him to get a role in a film, they should not send him to audition before eleven in the morning. Our conversation took place at ten o'clock in the morning at Pacific time. Reeves has been awake since six in the morning because he has just returned to Los Angeles from filming for a movie in Paris and is a jet lag. Eating a light breakfast, as usual, wearing a plain black T-shirt and jeans, he stares out of his hands and asks, "Are you crazy about not seeing the new matrix in the cinema?" He says aloud, "God." "I, I'm booking you a ticket right now." Then suddenly his eyes sparkle and he laughs and I realize he has been joking with me all along. He smiles and says quietly, "Now there is no problem with home broadcasting."
I'm interested in whoever I talk to.
I said this in detail to tell you about his special and strange state. It does not look like celebrities and the image we have of them. A combination of deliberate stupidity and seriousness is evident in his behavior, which he says he has the former from growing up in Toronto and the latter from his English mother who grew up in Hampshire. "I think there is an official in the English who is also in my mother, and that has become part of me," he says. Reeves' friends have said in the past that he is a listener first, then an orator, and I have seen some passive conversational tricks in him. He lets silence. After every word he says, he sometimes repeats his words quietly to himself, as if to see if he has a problem. Whenever he is confronted with a question he has never heard before, he stares into the distance and thinks for a while before giving a short, firm and correct answer.
When I ask him what are the characteristics of a good listener, he thinks for a long time. It stays still and I think our zoom connection is down. But then he responds: "I think there is a discussion of interest and importance. I'm interested in whoever I talk to. "It's important to me."
Kiano's parents met on a beach in Beirut in the 1960s. Of those ungrateful young people of the time who were traveling without a plan. Reeves's mother, Patricia, had fled England. His father, Samuel, was a Chinese-Hawaiian who lived nowhere. In 1964, after the birth of Keanu, the family moved to Australia. When her parents separated, she took Patricia Keanu and her younger sibling to New York and eventually to Toronto. He was a costume designer. "My mother had a studio, and I worked there for retail weekends," Reeves recalls. He has said many times that he never had a real relationship with his biological father, but he had a stepfather, Paul Aaron, who was his mother's second wife and played an important role in introducing him to the world of cinema.
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Filmmaking is a team effort. I love teamwork.
"I think I was fifteen? It was school summer vacation. And moms and dads often think to themselves at this time last year, "Well, what do we have to do with this kid this summer?" "I understand, we are going to make him a production assistant at the end of the film!" Aaron was directing and was about to start shooting an action movie called "A Force of One" starring Chuck Norris. Reeves was selected as the crew. His job was to move and entertain, and to manage the crowd when filming foreign scenes. He proudly recalls winning a sprite for Hollywood legend Claude Colbert. "I was watching the set, I was watching the actors, I was looking at the scene and the filming," he tells me. How the film is made. Daily schedule, generator, light, lunch breaks.
His main task was to keep the ice buckets full to keep drinks and snacks cool. When I ask him if he has ever felt humiliated by this, his face frowns and he says in protest, "Well, man, I can start moving the ice right now. Filmmaking is a team effort. "I love teamwork." In fact, there are many accounts of the character of this good Hollywood boy on the set. (Recently, a series of cyberspace photos of him carrying heavy equipment to the top of a hill during the filming of his film in Paris have been published) and there is credible evidence that he is doing well on a daily basis. Free and sound donations to charities. Riding strangers. Sandra Bullock recently said of Reeves, "I do not think there is anyone who can say a terrible thing about her." Performing Arts is registered in Toronto. And then he immediately adds: "Only one year. "After another year, I was not allowed to return." I ask because of bad behavior? "I always talk about that experience with the artistic disagreement with the school principal," he says.
And what is the truth behind this sentence? Full of why and how.
By then, Reeves was still acting, whether for money (Cornflex commercials) or not (neighborhood theater). "I lived in a friend's house. I had enough money. "I left Toronto at the age of 20 and went to Hollywood." He auditioned for the city (where he performed better after eleven in the morning) and took on some good supporting roles, especially opposite Dennis Hopper in "River's Edge." 1986 Since 1988, he has been on the road to success, appearing in memorable short roles in films such as the historical romance drama Dangerou Liaisons and the comedy-drama Parenthood, alongside his friend Alex Winter. , In the first three episodes of Bill & Ted's comedy.
How did he manage to work so hard at the behest of so many directors? You will cooperate. When you disagree, when you have a conflict - and yes, there are situations where my relationship with the director is at odds, sometimes I're even emotionally immature, and I're cursed, then there 's the editorial room and the director that war Takes her there with him. Fortunately, I only had a few of these experiences. And if you think I can name those directors, you are sorely mistaken. "
One can not guess which films he meant; He has appeared in many films. From "Point Break" with Patrick Sweezy to "My Own Private Idaho" with River Phoenix. In "Much Ado about Nothing," opposite Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Kate Beckinsale, alongside actors such as Kenneth Branagh (who also directed the film), and in the remake of "Dracula." Dracula) appears as the unique savior of Winona Ryder; All of this in an exciting twenty-four month period between 1991 and 1993.
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Reeves. So much so that sometimes his projects overlap in time and he is forced to carry them out at the same time. A few years after starting his career, Reeves began work on the Matrix trilogy, which lasted until 2001. The first part of The Matrix was a huge success. The film grossed more than $ 400 million in theaters around the world, broke DVD sales, breaking records, and the New York Times published an article entitled "How the Matrix Changed the Rules of Action Movies." After that, Reeves appeared in the next two episodes of the film, without knowing how his directors wanted to tell the story. Directors Lana and Lily Wachowski have since said that the story they tell in this trilogy (about finding true identity, resistance to repression and tradition) has been a metaphor for transgender narratives. Reeves did not understand any of this concept at the time. Many were not arrested. In any case, he is openly proud of what he has done to the Wachowskis. The feeling is this: Art belongs first and foremost to its creators. You have to make every effort to respect their purpose.
I wish twenty years ago, when I was seeing matrices, he was the one who made such a statement. My experience of watching those two films was as follows: first, the excitement that turned to panic and boredom, and finally, despair. In 1999, when I was seventeen, the first part of The Matrix seemed to me to be the most boring film ever made. Time and time again I thought to myself what would happen in the continuation of the story. In 2001, when I was nineteen, I first tasted artistic despair when I saw the sequels: how impossible it is for something supernatural to meet my unlimited expectations.
When I say this to Reeves, he sympathizes . He says his third Star Wars movie has been his biggest disappointment. "Return of the Jedi" was nineteen years old when it was released. "I went to the cinema and said to myself, 'Wow, that's really going to bring such a disaster to the film,' and then I saw that yes, and then I said, 'Oh, no.' Oh no." Reeves clears his throat: "So, yeah, I get it. I know this experience as a cinema audience. But I'm just trying to let the movies be what they are, you know? I try to think about what the creators were looking for. This is their work of art, man. "I try to enter their world and align myself with them, wherever they are now." Describes the matrix. He says every year seems to pass a little faster than last year, something that always evokes the rotation of an audiotape. "When you were young, you still had a lot of tape left," he says. And so it seems to be spinning slowly. Then, time passes, and less and less tape remains on the ring. And spins faster. It spins faster.
Reeves, whose eloquence and eloquence are glorious, has used this ability to publish poetry several times. In 2011 and again in 2016, he published a collection of poems with drawings and photographs by artist Alexandra Grant (his current partner). A Hollywood star who takes such a risk should expect praise and even skepticism from the people. But the way he talks to me about his poems - without embarrassment and at the same time without boasting - makes everything seem just a natural expression of some of the challenging experiences he has had in his life.
Years ago, when Reeves was in his mid-thirties, he experienced the loss of a child before it was born, and then the mother lost the same child in a car accident. But his story of mourning is not going to end here. Reeves also lost his friend River Phoenix in 1993. (He recently said of Phoenix: "He was a special man. Very creative, unique, intelligent, talented, highly creative. Thoughtful. Brave. And funny. And dark. And bright.") Reeves speaks of grief and Explains that his 2016 book of poems, Shadows, was an attempt to crystallize grief, "Be fluid, and do not let a prisoner in. In this way, grief was just put into a new form that I could carry with me or have with me."
Was the face of the poem like the cultivation of the soul to him? "Definitely," he says.
I ask, "Did it cost him anything? Before answering, he thinks for a long time and then says, "Yes. "But fortunately, my bank account is large enough that I can pay for it."
Let 's go back to talking about his work. "For the past decade or so," Reeves says, "I tried to work as hard as I could before the rotating tape ran out. How old am I now?" 57? "When I was almost forty, I had the idea to use more of my art savings." This equated to starring in two or three films a year, from apocalyptic blockbusters (The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008 to samurai trailers (Ronin 47 in 2013). To a comedy starring an animated cat, and in the midst of all this, when Reeves reached his first directing experience in the late 1940s, a 2013 kung fu film called "Fighting Tai Chi" (Man of Tai Chi).
Probably Reeves' most important film in this part of his career was "John Wick" in 2014. An exciting neo-noir action film starring two Made by his former stunt collaborators in The matrix, Chad Stahlesky and David Leach, the filmmakers had one basic goal in mind: to design the film's skirmishes so that Reeves himself could physically handle them. It was an action (the result of the efforts of a fifty-year-old man who devoted his whole being to the pleasure of the audience) that unexpectedly attracted a large audience, Reeves says. "I remember wondering if the Wachowskis had seen the film. I do not know if they liked it or not. I never asked them. "
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No doubt people liked what they saw, and that was the reception. Unexpectedly, they have since made two more sequels to "John Wick," which are set to air in 2022 and 2025. Reeves re-worked with one of the Wachowski sisters on the fourth installment of The matrix, The Matrix Resurrection, which has just been released in theaters and on online platforms.
"John Wake" was so rare that in the long action scenes, the stuntmen that Reeves fought and defeated once played the role of the dead, that is, they lay motionless for a minute, then got up and went back behind the camera. Camera to be killed again. The closer I get to the end of my conversation with Reeves, the more it occurs to me that his long, strange, and tortuous career has been somewhat similar. Shoot. Shoot. Lie down still and shoot again.
Before we say goodbye, I remind him of his lovely parable about the life tape that seems to spin faster with age. I ask, has he worked so consistently to slow down the flow of time?
Reeves listens seriously to the question, stares to one side, tries to give the best possible answer to it, and Finally, he repeats an answer three times. "It does not slow down time. It does not slow down time. "It does not slow down time." And from this repetition the last thought is formed in his mind and he says with a sigh: "Quite the opposite, it increases its speed."
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