Getting to Know Keanu Reeves: Keanu Reeves 101
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1. Keanu Reeves was born in 1964, in Lebanon.
2. He owes his unique,exotic looks to being a hybrid: his father is a Chinese/Hawaiian and his mother is English.
3. His parents broke up when he was little.
4. He stands at 6” ¼’ ( 1.86 m).
5. Keanu means cool, warm breeze over the mountains. It is a Hawaiian name.
6. He is the most private popular actor: despite his fame and popularity, Keanu always managed to keep a low profile. There has been mention of only one girlfriend: Jennifer Syme with whom he was expecting a baby. The baby was stillborn and Jennifer Syme in an accident shortly after.
7. He is good friends with Speed (1994) and The Lake House (2006) co-star Sandra Bullock. The two have remained friends since having met on the set of Speed. They never dated.
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8. Keanu Reeves turned down the role for Speed 2, because he didn’t like the script. The sequel went on to be a critical and commercial failure. Speed 2 is directed by Jan De Bont, the director of the first movie. Sandra Bullock is the female lead.
9. The first movie mostly takes place on a bus, set with explosives. The venue in Speed 2 is a cruise ship.
10. The villain of Speed, Dennis Hopper, died of prostate cancer in 2010.
11. Keanu played in Chain Reaction (1996), instead of the Speed sequel. While the film wasn’t a box office is success, it is not as badly rated as Speed 2 and is not considered a disaster. His co-stars in this thriller are English actress Rachel Weiss and Morgan Freeman.
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12. My own private Idaho stars him and River Phoenix as male hustlers. The movie is directed by Gus Van Sant. River died at the age of 23, from drug overdose. So Keanu has at least two co-stars who passed away.
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13. My Own Private Idaho is a critically acclaimed indie hit. I n the movie, Keanu’s character is a young rich guy who is only on the streets to rebel against his parents. He claims that he is not gay. River’s character Mike is his best friend and is in love with Keanu’s Scott. The story is a modernized version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
14. He is found of the science fiction genre: In addition to the smash hit Matrix trilogy, he starred in Johhny Mnemonic. His earlier movies, popular comedy Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure features time travel , which is a popular sci-fi element. A Scanner Darkly, a different type of animation also features sci-fi elements.
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15. His roles have been diverse: He played a serial-killer, a guy in advertising, goofy teenager, cop, architect, soldier/chocolate salesman, lawyer, hustler, scientist,doctor, a physically abusive husband, supernatural detective and more.
16. He worked with Charlize Theron in two movies. One is The Devil’s Advocate also starring Al Pacino. Keanu plays a successful lawyer married to Charlize Theron’s character. Al Pacino hires him to work for his firm and as Keanu’s character will later painfully find out ,his new boss is in fact the devil. His other cooperation with Charlize Theron is in Sweet November- a romantic drama where a workaholic and selfish man falls in love with an eccentric woman with a secret.
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17. His male co-stars include Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, James Spader, Al Pacino, Anthony Quinn, Jack Nicholson, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, River Phoenix, Laurence Fishbourne, Alan Arkin, Forest Whitekar, Patrick Swayze and Morgan Freeman.
18. His female co-stars are Sandra Bullock, Charlize Theron, Winona Ryder, Hillary Swank, Maria Tomei, Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, Amanda Peet, Frances McDormand, Rachel Weisz, Robin Wright Penn, Carrie-Ann Moss, Uma Thurman, Glen Close, Jennifer Connelly.
19. He worked with Winona Ryder three times: Dracula, A Scanner Darkly and The Private Private Lives of Pippa Lee. However, in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, he and Winona do not share scenes together. Keanu’s on-screen romance in the film is with Robin Wright Penn, Sean Penn’s real life wife. Keanu Reeves plays a 35-year-old man who moves back with his mom after the divorce. Keanu is 45 at the time of the movie. His character used to train as a religious worker so he has a gigantic Jesus tattoo.
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20. His movie genres include sci-fi, romance, drama, comedy, romantic comedy, period drama, action, period comedy, thriller, indie, fantasy, horror and adventure.
21. In 2008, he starred in the remake of the sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, as Klaatu – an alien with questionable intentions.
22. Keanu had a romantic rival- a man trying to seduce the object of his affection- in 3 films:
- In Dangerous Liaisons, he was interested in Uma Thurman’s character who was manipulated and seduced by John Malkovich.
- In Dracula, Gary Oldman’s Dracula wanted his fiancée Winona Ryder.
- In Something’s Gotta Give, both he and Jack Nicholson were interested in Diane Keaton.
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23. He learned how to surf for his role in Point Break.
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24. He loves riding motorcylces.
25. He plays the bass guitar.
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