January 08, 2004
I wanna be "that girl"

photo by Lance Staedler, I believe

Thanks POTD for the link to this interview with Keanu. Excerpts below, read the whole thing at InSiteAtlanta.com.

A film junket press conference is a surreal event. Reporters from all around the world crowd into oddly shaped rooms and jostle with each other for a seat close to the “talent,” many of them ultimately asking asinine questions that mean nothing. Such as when a reporter blurts out from the back, “Your character, Julian, is a confident character. Where do you get your confidence in real life?”

Keanu leans forward and says with mock seriousness, “From within. You know, there’s a book I once read... No, I was playing a character. I thought he was well-rounded and grounded, and [portraying that was] the obligation of the role.”

The actor’s remarkably youthful appearance belies his age. How does he stay so young? “I have a picture in the attic,” he says, smiling. How does he plan to spend his fortieth birthday next year? “For my birthday, I’ll either be really alone, in the middle of the desert, or I’m going to have an outrageous party.”


Yet another inane question gets asked– are you romanic in real life? “On good days,” he says good-naturedly, but doesn’t elaborate. And what, one reporter wants to know, is the craziest thing he’s ever done for love? “My friends would probably say, ‘Falling for that girl,’” he answers in typically enigmatic fashion.

A longtime bassist in the band Dogstar, Keanu was inspired by and brought up on punk music. Strangely, it’s when talking about music that the actor is at his most animated. “I was a lucky kid who heard The Ramones, Violent Femmes, the Clash, Exploited, Joy Division... My worlds got a lot better. I found something I could express myself with– music I vibrated to.”

Heh. He vibrates.

media spot | from inside the mind of krix at January 08, 2004 10:41 AM .

So do I baby, so do I...

Posted by: Keanuette on January 8, 2004 11:22 AM

good article.
I wonder how " I have a picture in my attic" translates into a non-Reeves language...remember he said that when talking about him being so age-less?

Posted by: lusenka on January 8, 2004 11:26 AM

I think he was referring to "The Picture of Dorian Gray" where the picture in the attic ages but the owner does not.

Oh, yeah, he can vibrate for me anytime...

Posted by: Melissa on January 8, 2004 11:42 AM

I believe he is referring to "The Portrait of Dorian Gray."

Posted by: Rhonda on January 8, 2004 11:45 AM

Thank you ladies for the explanation...I guess my only excuse for not knowing the Dorian Gray thing is that I am non-american... ok, now I have to run and read/watch the Dorian Gray stuff...thankxxx... just can't let Mr.Reeves trick me like that... he-he-he.

Posted by: lusenka on January 8, 2004 11:52 AM

Yeah, sorry wrong title. Too much cold meds. Should have previewed my post.

Posted by: Melissa on January 8, 2004 11:54 AM

He shouldn't make comments like that! LOL Doesn't he know the effect that will have on us? That will surely cause some sweet dreams tonight! :-)!

Posted by: Lisa on January 8, 2004 12:22 PM

That girl? What girl? Is he vaguely talking about someone in particular or just generally talking about falling for girls?

Either way I guess that sort of answers the gay thing, not that any of us really thought he was.

Not that there's anything wrong with that(anyone see that Seinfeld episode???).

And I wonder what he was doing in Switzerland? hmmm ...

Posted by: sta-cie on January 8, 2004 03:50 PM

his veiled reference to Dorian Gray truly made my day. that's our keanu, showing that he's well read without actually crowing about it. god, i love this man!

Posted by: lori on January 8, 2004 08:38 PM


Bwahaha! I KNEW it! I've been saying that for YEARS! Except I figured it was stuck in the back of Kim's closet.

And by the way Lusenka, "Dorian Gray" was written by Oscar Wilde, way back when. Not an American, and lived way back in the 1800s. :)

Posted by: Sparrowhawk on January 9, 2004 10:35 PM
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