My friend Jena recently watched a tape of an interview for Italian TV done during the promo tour for Sweet November and was nice enough to type up a transcript and share it. Here's a couple excerpts...
Journalist: "I want to ask you what did you do before acting?" Keanu: "Other kinds of jobs?" Journalist: "Yes. I read something on the net like you made pasta." Keanu: "Yes. I worked in a shop and made pasta, so I made pasta." Journalist: "What are you good at? Your specialty? Keanu: "Well I had a machine and I'd cut the pasta, different sizes, had to get the thickness right, didn't want it too dry, didn't want it too wet, so there was the whole thing of really, you know (licks finger and sticks it in the air) Ah, need a little more flour! You know, you don't want to put it through the machine too long, but you want to make sure it's even. The consistency."Funny to imagine Keanu in a "normal" job, huh? I saw another interview where he talked about being a tree-trimmer. Climbing up with a rope around his waist attached to a chainsaw. I don't know why, but I find that incredibly sexy. Much more so than pasta-making. Must be the danger element. Rwowrrrr.
Journalist: speaks Italian to the camera. "I'm going to take Keanu to my restaurant!" Keanu: "I'll come eat there! We'll drink wine and then go for a mad motorcycle ride!" Journalist: "YES!" Keanu: "and then after that we'll go look at the stars and the moon..." Journalist: "YES!! YES!!!!" Keanu: "and then after that we'll.... Journalist: "Ooohhhh Keanu!!" Keanu: "I know, I know." (he then says something in Italian) Journalist: (she speaks some Italian to the camera) "Keanu Reeves, Can I just touch you to make sure you're real?" Keanu: He leans forward and takes her hand and holds it. Journalist: "He's real!! Really fantastic and gorgeous!" Keanu: (He's blushing.)
Quite a bit of the interview is the female interviewer completely losing it and gushing madly over Keanu. Can't say as I blame her, and I think he enjoyed it.
He certainly comes off as more animated than we sometimes see him. I know Keanu has been pegged as a difficult interview by some people. I think part of that can just be attributed to his mood on a particular day, but part of it might have to do with the person asking the questions (Rosie? I'm looking at you.). I'd guess that most of the questions he hears must be lame the first time around, not to mention the eleventy-fifth.
Journalist: "Okay...How is the band tour going? Is it Dogstar or Stars?"
Keanu: "Dogstar. We're just writing new songs."
Journalist: "Writing new songs. How do you rate your band?"
Keanu: "Oh, on a good night I'd throw it a 7 1/2, 8. Yeah. People have fun at our shows. I have fun at our shows!"
Journalist: "Do you get more actual fans because of films or music that seem to be the ones to throw bras at you onstage? I've read that."
Keanu: "That's not true, I've never really considered a difference or judge them on that one, but it's a great thing when a beautiful woman...just...you know..." (he gives her a look)
Journalist: "Throws bras at you?"
Keanu: "Throws a bra? Um...." (he looks at the camera man and smiles a huge smile like he knows what he's talking about, not just throwing bras but boob flashing maybe?)
Further confirmation that Keanu loves the ladies. Especially the beautiful ones.
You never hear him talking about funny girls, however. I wonder how important the abilty to make him laugh is.
Oh well, I still fully intend to "flash him my wits", should the opportunity ever arise.