February 12, 2004
Wizardry

Issue #149 of the comic magazine, Wizard has a short article by Todd Casey, Hell on Film about Constantine (via keanuweb):


"Constantine" director casts an evil light on the noir thriller's L.A. set and sinister storyline.

Think downtown Los Angeles looks like a nightmare at rush hour? You should see it in Hell.

"Constantine," starring Keanu Reeves as the trenchant, embittered occultist John Constantine from DC Comics' Hellblazer series, follows the story of John as he teams up with policewoman Angela Dodson to help investigate the mysterious death of her sister Isabel, which leads him into a hellish version of his hometown.

"John goes into Hell to find Angela's sister to see if she has committed suicide," describes "Constantine" director Francis Lawrence of the elaborate set hewn from wrecked cars and barrels of brown muck. "What we've done is actually made Hell have geography so that you have the idea that wherever you are, there is a Hell version of it and a Heaven version of it. John goes to Hell and it's literally the 101 Freeway heading toward downtown L.A."

Deep in "Hell L.A." (and even on the sunny streets of the city itself), Constantine comes up against legions of half-breed demons who inject evil into mankind's world. When he's not kicking their asses with an array of holy relics, Constantine kicks back in his apartment (located over a bowling alley), safely insulated from Hell's spawn with a few dozen five gallon drums of holy water.

And in the next issue (due out Feb 25), look for more Constantine content.
From the Wizard website:

He can fly. He can fight. And he's certainly heroic. Keanu Reeves has already played the ultimate superhero as Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy. Now get ready for him as the ultimate anti-hero.

As part of its massive 50-page movie event in Wizard #150, Wizard sits down with Reeves, who trades in Neo's flowing coat and sunglasses for a plain old shirt and tie as the sarcastic anti-hero John Constantine, who attempts to prevent demons from turning L.A. into a hell on earth in the September-released film "Constantine," based on the DC/Vertigo comic Hellblazer.

The normally publicity-shy Reeves shares with Wizard his love for Alan Moore's V for Vendetta comic, his favorite comic movies and the complete scoop on why the character of Constantine appealed to him. ''I really love playing him,'' admitted Reeves between pulls on a cigarette while taking a break in his trailer. ''I liked his anger. As an actor, it's really fun to play someone who is wounded but fighting. I like his never-give-up attitude and his gallows humor.''

For the complete interview with Reeves - and exclusive photos from the ''Constantine'' set - pick up Wizard #150 on sale in comic shops Feb. 25.

I'm going to have to call my comic guy and make sure he holds one of these for me.

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at February 12, 2004 11:47 AM .
Comments

Do you suppose the publisher will realize why issue #150 of Wizard will sell out in record time?

Posted by: Chianti on February 12, 2004 12:36 PM

"He can fly. He can fight. And hes certainly heroic."

*snicker* I love that line. :-D

Posted by: Julie! on February 12, 2004 12:39 PM

Chianti, we'd better have the Helmut Lang people fax them a memo.

Posted by: krix on February 12, 2004 12:41 PM

Ooh, this sounds delicious to my bitter soul. I can't wait until this comes out. Everyone needs a little Hell with his Heaven.

Posted by: Tabitha on February 12, 2004 12:58 PM

Tee hee - and the Arena publisher, and the Details publisher, etc. The things we do for love. ;)

Posted by: Chianti on February 12, 2004 01:41 PM

Can anyone get a copy of this mag for me. I'll pay the postage etc...

Thanks!

Posted by: Keanuette on February 12, 2004 02:18 PM

Seen this mag before. I'm going to look for a copy. I think a certain someone in my house knows right where to find it.

Can't wait to see this movie!

Posted by: shelz on February 12, 2004 06:37 PM

Hi! And think I will have to wai until November to see Constantine here... well, can a good soul get a copy of this mag for me and send to Brazil? I will be forever grateful! ;) I'll pay the postage too...please... :)

Posted by: Ale on February 13, 2004 02:02 AM

Really Keanuette, you need a copy of this mag? I can find and send. Hey if we lucky, maybe hand deliver!

Posted by: shelz on February 13, 2004 07:43 AM

He can fly, he can fight... Tell him to fly to Brazil. He and his mag. ;)
Hey Ale, if you get this, can you show me?

Posted by: Leela on February 14, 2004 06:57 PM

eh! I wish it could happen! :) Leela, are you brazillian?

Posted by: Ale on February 14, 2004 07:28 PM

Shelz YOU RULE!

Hey girl - you can come over anytime. We'll have a Keanuthon!

Posted by: Keanuette on February 15, 2004 02:18 AM

Hi Ale! Yeppers, I am. Funny thing to meet you here, huh?!

Posted by: Leela on February 15, 2004 08:05 AM

eh! It's funny how we meet a braz in any place in the world... ;P Keep in touch, I'm always here and Club-Keanu. We can talk about Ke anytime too! :)

Posted by: Ale on February 15, 2004 01:02 PM

and club keanu too? Yeah, i'm always there either.
Ok, we'll keep in touch! Tell me where are u from later, ok? I'm from Rio. =)

Posted by: Leela on February 15, 2004 08:23 PM

And I'm from Sao Paulo! :)

Posted by: Ale on February 16, 2004 03:15 AM
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