Since then there have been other surgeries, fake teeth, veneers. For a while he'd joke he worked to pay his motor insurance. (He wanted to add a sissy bar, or passenger backrest. "He'd been around motorcycles for years and he knew what it would take [to set up a new business]. ' Then we got to know each other and over the course of it it was just like, 'Come on, man'. For a working garage, the place is as clean as a museum. Until recently, Keanu Reeves's last blockbuster was the , a sci-fi remake released in 2008. "Sometimes I call that The Day my Career Stood Still," he says. "There have been different versions now for seven years. "Luckily that fits the story."Here, as Reeves tells it, is the story. He told one interviewer he'd finished Proust's , John Rechy's novel about drag queens and prostitutes, and be amazed to find he'd devoured not just them, but sought out the authors' other writing, too."Oh, I'm not a massive reader," he says.
He hoists up the right leg of his battered jeans and shows me thick, knotted tissue running from his ankle to his thigh. Hollinger told him that wasn't really his thing.) The two got talking and Reeves suggested they might go into business. There's his current bike, a custom Arch KRGT-1 with 10,000 miles on the clock, in for repairs after the transmission blew. "I kind of went to Studio Movie Jail." Odd as it may seem, even for an actor as famous and as enduring as Reeves — 2016 marked his 30th year in film, and his big successes have been really big — he's apparently still only as bankable as his last movie. "Yeah."Although disappointments haven't hindered Reeves in pursuing weirder, wilder and more interesting independent releases like — a duality that's been a feature of Reeves' career ever since his 1986 breakthrough River's Edge — you get the feeling the last decade hasn't always been plain sailing. But, no: I haven't had that kind of experience."The other issue with and the Californian airhead Ted 'Theodore' Logan III whom Reeves played, was that for years people assumed they must be one and the same person. "It takes a smart person to play a dumb person effectively. "The premise is basically that Bill and Ted were told they were going to write a song that would save the world, and they haven't. So now their marriages are falling apart, they're unemployed and they've gone crazy with all the instruments. It's a jungle out there."In fact, Reeves turned his back on a rumoured .5m for a completely different gig. "I'd grown up on Shakespeare, so to have the chance to play Hamlet…
A school in Pasadena ran a course on the films of Keanu Reeves, where students read Hegel and Foucault the better to gain insight into his stoic detachment. When you consider the biggest star of Point Break wasn't Reeves but Patrick Swayze, you start to appreciate that entire generations of A-listers have come and gone in his wake. Today, Reeves bats away the suggestion these unknowable qualities have helped him endure. "I think actors and actresses are maybe a little more private than other celebrities," he offers. She worked as a costume designer, to David Bowie for one. Then you might find it deliciously, horribly funny.
Its first-time director was Chad Stahelski who had been Reeves' stunt double in The Matrix trilogy. Once again, Reeves was required to say little, do lots of shooting and kung-fu and wear a tailored black suit, which is how he looks best. "I didn't experience it like that."You must have at least been aware of it. (In Britain, Sky magazine devoted 15 pages to him in various stages of undress. "I mean: I think I still have that now."You can't think that. I ran down, put my hand out and she gave me back the dagger. What the director Lewis Baumander remembers, though, is his actor's dedication to the part.
Even his character's name appeared to come straight out of a graphic novel ("Don't Set Him Off" advised the posters). gave away a neon green Keanu keyring.) "I don't know. "Yeah, I think so."There's a few more roles you're famous for now. Showing up not just with his own 1,476 lines memorised — The Bard's biggest part — but everyone else's, too. Kenneth Branagh, who directed him in his 1991 film of and someone who's presumably used to a degree of dedication from his actors, recalled his commitment: "He practised some speeches while doing press-ups. It's about what level of commitment an actor or an actress is willing to make for a project. He's willing to give up six months of his time to train for a role. You're, like, I'm showing up in Bhutan a few weeks early to kind of get my Siddhārtha on and spend some time and walk around in the woods and do some thinking and some reading and some sitting. For sure."For all his closely-guarded privacy, a few personal stories concerning Reeves have leaked out.
But when his mood and his schedule allow, he'll head up the coast on Highway One or into the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest where the riding is good, or take Sunset down to the Pacific Ocean. I mean, if I had to pin it to anything, my step-grandfather worked for Encyclopedia Britannica.
Or just head up to the Santa Monica Mountains and kick around for a while."It's the physical sensation of riding, the wind, the smell, the sights, the connection to the machine, the living-in-nature," he says. It's also good to go out and think a little bit, so you can get lost in the now. You're moving on the surface of the planet."As a hobby it is not without its risks.
"I don't know."Talking to Reeves isn't straightforward. It was also the crossroads for the narcotics trade of the Middle East. 'Let's go to the 'memory screen'…'"He was going to night school doing Uta Hagen's famous Respect for Acting class, at the same time taking improv classes at Second City, the sketch and comedy troupe in Toronto. '""But I loved to go to the movies as a kid and I loved watching movies. Even the act of going outside to the movies for me, and watching them in a room.