It was cool."You must have been the envy of friends."No, no, we were all doing that," Reeves says. We were in the park, playing street hockey, basketball… I mean I'm definitely one of those kids who was influenced by Hemingway and Jack Kerouac and Ginsberg. 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.
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. If you're doing 'gun-fu' it's, like: 'OK, I've got a pistol but now I'm also doing judo moves or going into jujitsu moves'. So it's integrating one skill into something else at a high level of dexterity. "Anyway, for the first time in a decade, Keanu Reeves had a hit on his hands. At 52, he is back in the position of being able to open a blockbuster."Recently I'm maybe a little closer to being able to break into that world again," is how he puts it. He means Prince Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha, from 1993's Little Buddha. His parents met in Beirut, which, before the country was destroyed by civil war in the Seventies, was a major commercial, financial and cultural centre. 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.
Last year, the hipster London bookshop Idea produced a range of popular "KEANU" totes and sweatshirts. Rob Lowe had a good run of it as did Charlie Sheen, as did Robert Downey Jr before being rescued by Iron Man, but none has endured the same way as Reeves. Reeves recalls meeting Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. In 1994, Reeves' father was arrested in Hawaii trying to sell large quantities of heroin and cocaine, and later sentenced to 10 years in jail (released in '96).
Like, I mean, when I was going to the School for the Performing Arts, around that time, immediately after I'd be going to the library and reading Chekhov plays. We're 18, let's get a car, let's go listen to jazz music, the blues, Sleepy John Estes, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, The Clash, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pixies…'"The good stuff. Joy Division, Apocalypse Now…"It was a good time to be young.
' I first saw him in and there was a quality I'd never experienced.
In 1988, he took a hairpin bend too fast and lay on the pavement for half an hour thinking he was going to die. After the accidents the adrenalin kicks in, so it's not really painful. "That was pretty uncomfortable."We are talking at the Arch Motorcyle Company, the custom superbike builders Reeves co-founded with his friend Gard Hollinger, a well-known designer in the bike world, in Hawthorne, an industrial suburb south of Los Angeles. I don't pretend to know anything about him and I worked with him for a long time. I don't know what he's doing when we're not together. "."Our old friend the amateur psychologist might say you were overcompensating.
The accident left a thick scar up his abdomen and necessitated the removal of his spleen. Reeves had already logged tens of thousands of miles on Nortons, Suzukis, a 1974 BMW 750, a 1984 Harley Shovelhead and a Moto Guzzi racer, all from his personal collection, before he approached Hollinger to make a modification to his Harley-Davidson. It's an innocence, actually."A script for the third Bill & Ted film has been around since 2009.
I liked John's grief, I liked his will, I liked his fighting for his self-agency," which at the time you nod along with in agreement, and only afterwards think: well, what does that mean? But I don't have anything to tweet, or say, or anything."There is, I persist, a neat parallel between the lone wolves in black suits he plays on screen, and the lone wolf in a black suit he appears to be off screen. "I think I was only six or seven months old when my parents left."For the next few years, the family moved around: America, Australia. By the time he was seven, the children were living in Toronto with their mother. Yeah."What was your intent in writing "Ode To Happiness"? But I think it has to be in your temperament as well.