Keanu Reeves gets personal

There are 20 comments on the Sep 18, 2009, Calgary Herald story titled Keanu Reeves gets personal. In it, Calgary Herald reports that:

So what if he looks like the one and only Amish pothead to walk the face of the Earth? Keanu Reeves has always possessed a style so singular, and a screen presence so unique, that he pretty much transcends the well-labelled Hollywood talent pens without consequence to do his own thing.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Calgary Herald.

First Prev
of 5
Next Last
Seer

Russell Springs, KY

#1 Sep 18, 2009
Amish pothead..

"sigh"..

I hope that those who listen to the interview take note of his response to the query about 'bearded/clean shaven' and give a thought to the prospect that he is perhaps a little tired of the suggestions on how he should look when he's on his own time.

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#2 Sep 18, 2009
"So what if he looks like the one and only Amish pothead to walk the face of the Earth?"

Cheers to that. I'd give up modern conveniences and zippers for him any day, tee-hee-hee
OnlyBeMe mobil

Freudenweiler, Germany

#3 Sep 18, 2009
I can still not see the full story (grrr)...But I like the way he is. I would also not change myself because of other people mind. Thanks for being you, Keanu.
OnlyBeMe mobil

Freudenweiler, Germany

#4 Sep 18, 2009
Andromeda-1 wrote:
"So what if he looks like the one and only Amish pothead to walk the face of the Earth?"
Cheers to that. I'd give up modern conveniences and zippers for him any day, tee-hee-hee
Andromeda is back! Hope you had/have a great time in NY!
OnlyBeMe mobil

Leutkirch, Germany

#5 Sep 18, 2009
I will read/listen to the full story, when I'm back. Hope the weather in Germany is good today. I don't want to get a cold:)

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#6 Sep 19, 2009
Good Morning OnlyBeMe... Here's you're paper..
TORONTO - So what if he looks like the one and only Amish pothead to walk the face of the Earth?
Keanu Reeves has always possessed a style so singular, and a screen presence so unique, that he pretty much transcends the well-labelled Hollywood talent pens without consequence to do his own thing.
It's a rare place of privilege in an industry that loves to put a vacuum hose down people's throats in an unending quest for fresh young souls, and Reeves is veteran enough to know it at this point in his career.
He's been acting professionally for a quarter century, and he knows he's had a great ride. After all, not every actor can claim bragging rights to box-office juggernauts such as The Matrix in addition to cult classics such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow's testosterone-laced thriller in which the Toronto-raised actor starred opposite Patrick Swayze.
Reeves spoke about his work and his enormous respect for Swayze after the Dirty Dancer lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this week.
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Swayze, he was a beautiful person and honest," Reeves said in an official festival news conference. "He had such lust for life and his craft. On Point Break, he kept jumping out of airplanes. Patrick wanted to experience life ... and he did."
A few days later, in a rare one-on-one set up for his new movie The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Reeves says he's not thinking end-of-days thoughts himself as a result of his colleague's passing. But he is thinking about the trajectory of his life and his career, and how to move forward into what he calls his "second chapter."
"I know I've been very lucky, and at this point, I don't really have to work for dough," he says through a thick black beard.
"There was a time when I did. I remember taking a whiskey ad in Japan for dough, but you know, even then, I ended up working overtime - like, I worked for as long as I was contracted to, but because they didn't finish in that time, I stuck around to make sure they got what they needed so they could finish the commercial," he says.
"I'm the kind of person that once I've committed to doing something, I do it. I want to make sure everyone gets what they need and that we're going to make it the best it can be."
Work ethic counts a lot in the movie business, and anyone looking to explain Reeves' lengthy list of high-profile film credits shouldn't discount the importance of showing up launch-ready.
"I love acting. I've been in certain situations where I've felt compromised artistically, and that can be a problem. But not much anymore. If anything, I love acting more and more."
As Reeves talks about his craft, his tone shifts a little. From a man who seemed skeptical about the entire interview process just a few moments ago, he's now almost chatty as he explains his approach to each role.
"I look at the story, see what it's talking about, and then judge where I can fit into it as the character," he says....Continued

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#7 Sep 19, 2009
"Did you see A Scanner Darkly?"
Reeves is referring to one of his smaller, far more challenging roles as Bob Arctor in Richard Linklater's digitally captured and reanimated fantasy from 2006.
"That one was kind of tough. It was hard to get a handle on. What was it all for? And what does it all mean? They were tougher questions for Bob, the character, to answer ... and it was tougher for me."
Reeves remains intrepid nonetheless, and that's probably the most compelling thing about him: he's professionally fearless.
Think about it: few actors who've squatted down and birthed a successful mega-franchise would even contemplate taking on a role that could interfere with the formula of their success.
But Reeves is game for just about anything, it seems, even romantic comedy.
After playing everything from gay male hooker (My Own Private Idaho) to macho action star (Speed), Reeves says he's looking at the next phase of his career from a pragmatic perspective.
"I'm not cynical about acting. But at a certain point, you realize there are certain things you know how to do and you have to be careful not to do them too much," he says.
"I feel I'm starting the second chapter of my career. It's a property of age. Certain roles and what you've done in the past just don't hold the same power. But you still want to go through that process ... and sometimes, you need to confront your own process (to keep it fresh and exciting)."
At the moment, is preparing to star in The Cherry Orchard, the Anton Chekhov play; he's created a small production company; and has taken on the burden of developing two original scripts.
"They're both romances," he says, with a hint of an ironic smile at the edge of his hairy lip. "They're like romantic comedy and drama."
Reeves admits to having a certain fondness for the genre, and with good notices for his roles in Something's Gotta Give and Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which premiered here at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, Reeves could well be reborn as Canada's own Cary Grant - a romantic leading man for the ages (and all ages).
"I like romances," he says with a twinkle. "I believe in love ... in the movies."

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#8 Sep 19, 2009
"I like romances," he says with a twinkle. "I believe in love...in the movies."

I was obviously too tired to pick up on that last night.

Looks like a retraction from his earlier "Oh, yeah, I'd like to fall in love," comment to me!!! Maybe now the whole topic of him settling down (with the next girl, and the next girl and the girl after that) will just die.:0)

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#9 Sep 19, 2009
OnlyBeMe mobil wrote:
<quoted text> Andromeda is back! Hope you had/have a great time in NY!
It was awesome. I'll share something over at the cafe with you guys which I think you'll find fun and interesting.
LucaM

Oradea, Romania

#10 Sep 19, 2009
Andromeda-1 wrote:
Maybe now the whole topic of him settling down (with the next girl, and the next girl and the girl after that) will just die.:0)
THAT, my friend, will never happen ;)

(the rumor mill stopping, I mean !)
OnlyBeMe mobil

Hebertshausen, Germany

#11 Sep 19, 2009
Andromeda-1 wrote:
<quoted text>
It was awesome. I'll share something over at the cafe with you guys which I think you'll find fun and interesting.
Thanks for the article! I'm going right now in the café!

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#12 Sep 19, 2009
LucaM wrote:
<quoted text>
THAT, my friend, will never happen ;)
(the rumor mill stopping, I mean !)
Yeah, I know. I don't think I'm wrong saying that he's not without company for long and that there'll always be someone trying to change his mind about love. But as long as the seat next to him is vacant, all the girls can dream they're the ones sitting there.:0)
LucaM

Oradea, Romania

#13 Sep 19, 2009
<< "I believe in love...in the movies." >>

well, one out of two is not that bad ;):D

Since: Dec 06

Muenster, Germany

#14 Sep 19, 2009
Hmmm...
Could be ambivalent.
Not sure if it's my understanding from the translation, or if it's said that way, to confuse.
I could read it in two ways...
Hehee.
People can "read" him like they want.
He probably likes playing with words.

The man - an unsolved riddle to women.
;o)
LucaM

Oradea, Romania

#15 Sep 19, 2009
He apparently enjoys playing with words ;)

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16 Sep 19, 2009
Kate67 wrote:
Hmmm...
Could be ambivalent.
Not sure if it's my understanding from the translation, or if it's said that way, to confuse.
I could read it in two ways...
Hehee.
People can "read" him like they want.
He probably likes playing with words.
The man - an unsolved riddle to women.
;o)
Sometimes I would agree. Other times he's just so honest I don't think people know how to just accept what he says and [that] be it.

For instance, I'm thinking that in that moment he might've actually felt that "love" *is* a fabrication of a writer's imagination and that it does only exists in the movies. And you know, if you think about it, maybe he's right. Imagery and fairy tales do set us up to believe things that maybe never really existed in the first place. Like, monsters living under my bed even though they don't. So why would love exist outside of the silver screen, too? Because it's more pleasant? Long term stats pretty much validate his opinion ..

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#17 Sep 19, 2009
Also, there's the proverbial, "I'm not relationship ready," or "I'm not interested," until you meet somebody worth being in a relationship with.

Life has a way of throwing you curve balls to complicate your life when things get too comfy.:0)

Since: Dec 06

Emsdetten, Germany

#18 Sep 19, 2009
I often say things in an ambivalent meaning to leave people clueless. Love that. It's sometimes fun and sometimes a good way to avoid lying.
;o)
So I often read into things, where they are obviously clear.

Isn't poetry or lyrics the same?
You can read many things into it, depends on the beholder...

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#19 Sep 20, 2009

Since: Dec 06

Emsdetten, Germany

#20 Sep 20, 2009
Aaaaawwwww, thanky!
That one made me laugh so hard right now.
This is cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!
:o)

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 5
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Ryan Reynolds from The Green Lantern at Scream ... (Oct '10) Oct '10 cali 1
News Reeves paternity case dismissed (Jan '10) Jan '10 Lola 3
News Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves expose 'The Priva... (Dec '09) Dec '09 samantha 1
News Refn talks Jekyll (Sep '09) Oct '09 OnlyBeMe 24
News Toronto Notebook: Of Keanu and Karaoke (Sep '09) Sep '09 LucaM 60
News Keanu, Colin and Clive: Getting close to my cel... (Sep '09) Sep '09 bungeegee 13
News Film crew opens doors to county jails (Sep '09) Sep '09 JTMan 2
More from around the web