It's certainly a depth of character not immediately apparent while Wick is in the middle of a six-minute nightclub shootout. Reeves has always had cult appeal. 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. There remains no one else quite like him. 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.
But you're a movie star, the friend suggested. Today, Reeves bats away the suggestion these unknowable qualities have helped him endure. I mean, everybody's mostly private," he says. You must be the only major Hollywood star who doesn't even have an official website. Let's look at the analytics, shall we? So, in the modern day…' I don't know. I'm a pretty private person. 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've played a couple. We could keep going. Perhaps the coolest loner of them all. 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. It was also the crossroads for the narcotics trade of the Middle East. Some reports suggest Patricia worked as a showgirl, others that her parents met at university.
Samuel's job has never been disclosed. For the next few years, the family moved around: America, Australia. Reeves' sister, Kim, was born in the latter. By the time he was seven, the children were living in Toronto with their mother. Samuel was now out of the picture and Patricia had married Paul Aaron, an American Broadway and film director. She worked as a costume designer, to David Bowie for one. Reeves recalls meeting Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Alice Cooper babysat. In , 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 ' Reeves has previously said they have not spoken since he was Patricia divorced Aaron within a year, and went on to marry and divorce rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond.
As children, Reeves and Kim were frequently left to fend for themselves. It was cool. We were in the park, playing street hockey, basketball… it wasn't like we were sitting in court. We did do a little bit of stealing candy. But, you know, if we're talking 11, 12, we were just running around. You'd build go-karts, go to the movies… you know? And then from my mum… she's English. There's a formality to her. So, I think partly some of my kind of formality.
I would say that. Reeves recently published what he calls a 'grown up children's book'..
He wrote the words and a friend drew the pictures. Here's "Ode To Happiness" in full:. I draw a hot sorrow bath in my despair room. With a misery candle burning. I wash my hair with regret shampoo. After cleaning myself with pain soap. I dry myself with my gorgeous white one hundred per cent and it will never change towel. Then smooth on my I don't deserve lotion. Then I put on my alone again silk pyjamas. When the hue has gone blue. And you can't quite grin and bear it. Let this word picture remind you. It can always be worse. Then you might find it deliciously, horribly funny.
Reeves started acting professionally at He was a self-motivated kid. Doing scenes. And Shakespeare. It was fun. It's still talked about today, I tease. 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. An amateur psychologist might suggest all this self-motivation was spurred by a disruptive home life, his dad, a desire to make something of himself. Definitely I wouldn't say it didn't have an impact.
Who can say whether or not those influences happen [to make a difference]? But I think it has to be in your temperament as well. I have a pretty self-motivated temperament. Even when I was a kid. I don't know if it was escapism. Even the act of going outside to the movies for me, and watching them in a room. I wanted to be there, you know? And that happened in Hollywood! So, I wanted to act in movies.
In Hollywood. It was my dream! Whatever that meant. You know? Reeves became a pin-up. That wasn't something you felt comfortable with? You must have at least been aware of it. Teen magazines went nuts for you. In Britain, Sky magazine devoted 15 pages to him in various stages of undress. Just Seventeen gave away a neon green Keanu keyring. I didn't run into it a lot.
How come? But that just didn't happen. I didn't have that experience. As Reeves tells it, the first taste of global stardom came when he and a friend visited the cinema one evening, somewhere near the University of Los Angeles. And I was, like, 'Come on'. And he was, like, 'No! River's Edge! Free ice cream. It's not the greatest blag ever. Because of River's Edge! The guy's, like, ' River's Edge! Thanks, man! Other young men in his position would have filled their shagging boots.
I didn't have… I played in a band [mid-Nineties grunge act Dogstar] for a few years. But I was dumb…". You had knickers thrown at you then. There are photos. I had a little of that. I mean, I probably should have taken more advantage but I didn't. You know, I was a little self-conscious about that. I mean, I'm not saying it didn't happen sometimes. It's a reason people form bands. But it wasn't something that I was, like… I mean, don't get me wrong.
It's nice. But, no: I haven't had that kind of experience. The implication being, of course, that Reeves can't act. Or rather, that he can only play one role: himself. This conveniently overlooks two points, one biographically incontestable and the other blindingly obvious: he's not from California and he's not an airhead.
Others have suggested his apparently limited range only proves how talented an actor he actually is: just think about it in terms of performance rather than technique. Reeves has said his own gravestone would read, "He played Ted". There's a few more roles you're famous for now. We'll see! I think it really depends on the work. But you know, it was a really great part. And what I tried to bring to it was definitely interpreted as 'that's me'.
When I would meet journalists, mostly. I never really ran into anything like that from my peer group. How did that make you feel? You know, man, I can say some pretty weird shit. So, you know, I didn't clamp down on it. You don't seem much like Ted to me. Maybe when I was 25, 26… bouncing off some walls…". It's that curse: if you're a young, good-looking actor, male or female, everyone projects on you a shallow stupidity, whatever.
No one gives you credit. It can take a career, a couple of decades of solid work, for them to go, 'Oh, maybe they're not as dumb as I thought…' He thinks it all matters. Put it this way: he's the opposite of full-of-shit. I think audiences pick up on that. That's why he's so effective in so many things. They go with his quest. They come onboard Keanu's train. You look at him and think you know him. You kind of do but you don't. I don't pretend to know anything about him and I worked with him for a long time. I don't know who he's sleeping with. I don't know what he's doing when we're not together.
It's an innocence, actually. In the meantime, we just get older," says Reeves. Here, as Reeves tells it, is the story. And so they're collapsing under the pressure. So now their marriages are falling apart, they're unemployed and they've gone crazy with all the instruments. They're still Wyld Stallyns but now there are didgeridoos and zithers and all sorts of stuff and they've kind of lost their minds. So The Future comes to them and says there's going to be a cosmic event at this certain time and if they don't invent the song then all of the cosmos is going to collapse on itself.
So now it's not just the world [in danger, as in Excellent Adventure], it's the cosmos and [the movie] starts playing with time and space. It's just all breaking down. And they just can't write the song. The Hollywood process? It's The Process. In the early nineties, the director of Die Hard was trying to get a new movie off the ground, Speed. Reeves wasn't interested. After years of playing high-school outcasts he'd proved he could do action with Point Break , playing Johnny Utah, an undercover cop who learns to surf to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers disguised as US ex-presidents.
But a bomb on a bus, Reeves, figured: who cares? His agent lobbied hard for it.
Reeves says he eventually relented when he found a way in, via his character Jack Tavern, an everyman who tries to be a hero. In a genre dominated by bare-chested cartoony types — Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis — Reeves' character, all close-cropped hair and deferential charm to co-star Sandra Bullock, represented something new and zeitgeisty. It's characters are no more than sketches.
It addresses no social concerns. It is morally inert. It's the movie of the summer", The New Yorker. Reeves did, however, draw the line at Speed 2. Even after director Jan de Bont and Bullock doorstepped him. It's called Speed and it's on a cruise ship'. That's some grudge. It's a jungle out there. He learned his lines while making Speed. Just fucking mainlining fucking speed!
Why did he do that? Either way, it was an unusual career move. Nowadays, it's commonplace for actors to underline their commitment to the craft with a short run in London's West End before disappearing back to Hollywood and Hollywood money. But not then. And not doing Shakespeare.
One group of Japanese women bought seats for 10 consecutive shows, while others flew in from Australia, China and Argentina and chanced their luck. The Winnipeg Free Press reported Reeves' arrival under the headline "Keanu Krazy" and launched a telephone hotline to register sightings. Reeves recall of the time is typically Reeves-ian. I was there doing a scene with Horatio and I just turned to the audience and I just broke it down and said, 'Line? Another time I was doing the murder scene with Polonius — 'A rat! A rat! I ran down, put my hand out and she gave me back the dagger.
It was fun! Reviews were mixed. For some, the idea of Ted "Theodore" Logan tackling Shakespeare's most nuanced role was too delicious not to send up. The Sunday Times ranked his Hamlet among the three best they'd seen. What the director Lewis Baumander remembers, though, is his actor's dedication to the part. Showing up not just with his own 1, lines memorised — The Bard's biggest part — but everyone else's, too. It's a theme of Reeves' career. Kenneth Branagh, who directed him in his film of Much Ado About Nothing 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.
His incredible keenness reminded me of an army cadet. He spent six months training before shooting anything for The Matrix. On a shooting range in Los Angeles, alternating between a rifle, a pistol and a shotgun and using live rounds, he spends a thrilling 37 seconds obliterating every target. But guns are fun! The aiming of it, the execution process.
I really enjoy it. And it kind of gives a truthful feeling to the film. It's not something actors tend to bother with. I don't have anything better to do! I have nothing going on! I have no life! It's just going to work and preparation. It's a choice. It's about what level of commitment an actor or an actress is willing to make for a project. Keanu's all or nothing.
He's willing to give up six months of his time to train for a role. Some people would try and get another film in, or work two. When I first met him he'd had surgery and he was doing kung-fu in this big, cold warehouse with a neck brace on. I knew he was a serious guy. That set the standard for the rest of our relationship. That YouTube footage is four months' worth of three-gun training. In a non-movie way, what Keanu is doing in that video is competitively impressive. Real guns, real bullets, hitting real targets.
If you told him to go learn how to crochet, he'd go and be an expert in that. That's just what he's like. He is talking about Those films were back-to-back. The two had oddly similar backgrounds and they had become firm friends. What does Reeves remember of that time? I'd read that Gus Van Sant's script seemed so strange that you and Phoenix made a pact: he'd do it if you would. Well, he was on board first. He had met Gus Van Sant.
I think he would have done it even if I hadn't.
There wasn't a pact? One kid sends out his Poliwag only to have it beaten and scribbled on. Then, Ash and the others arrive in the same city. Nurse Joy tells them of Red Lightning and how he is unbeatable. While visiting a park, May's Squirtle runs off and is attacked by Red Lightning and is easily defeated. After following Red Lightning to a house on the top of a skyscraper, they find out it is just a Scizor that belongs to a little girl called Luna.
However, Luna has no plans to stop her little plan. Now Ash decides to stop her for good. Haruka vs. Haruka Tai Takeshi!! May finally arrives in Gardenia Town ready to win her fourth Ribbon. She gains a nice surprise when she finds out the Eevee has learned Dig. After amazing appeals by Squirtle and Bonsly, both May and Brock make it to the battle rounds.
Will May be able to beat her friend in order to win her fourth Kanto Ribbon? On their way to the Battle Tower, May finds a Smoochum behind a bush. She tries to pick it up, only to be attacked by three Jynx, Smoochum's sisters. After a short battle Ash and the others leave and head for town.
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Soon after, Team Rocket take Smoochum and plan to make her a star. The Jynx then begin to attack the town and Ash and May hold them back before luring them to where Smoochum is. However, when they get there, Jessie has no intentions to give Smoochum back to her sisters!
Can Ash manage to get past her special ability and win his sixth Frontier Symbol? Telepathy Battle!! Ishindenshin Batoru!! After losing his match with Anabel, Ash battles her again in a rematch. Just like last time Anabel uses her telepathy ability to fight. Will Anabel prove to powerful with her telepathy, or will Ash overcome it to win an Ability Symbol? Even though Ash is at a disadvantage, he surprisingly does better than last time, even managing to win in the first round!
Deoxys Crisis! Deoxys Crisis!! Deokishisu, Kuraishisu!! Solana thinks that a Deoxys is causing geo-magnetic problems. Max and others follow her into meteor crash cave and team Rocket follows them wanting Deoxys for the boss. Deoxys is just scared so he possesses Meowth to communicate to Max and take them with him.
Ash and the others call a temporary truce to work with Jessie and James to get Max and Meowth back from Deoxys. Will they solve geo-magnetic problems and help Deoxys? Gold Legend!? Ash and May bump into a golden Sudowoodo. The Formation of the Villainous Alliance!? May becomes nervous and begins to doubt herself, but this is quickly put to rest when Harley shows up bragging about his five ribbons.
Harley finds Team Rocket outside planning Jessie's contest strategy. Harley decides to help Jessie, but only so May won't make it to the Grand Festival. He gives her Cacturne and Banette to use. As the appeals get underway, Jessie takes an early lead, and thanks to James, Meowth, and Harley's Ariados, May and Combusken are starting to slip up. Will May be able to pass the appeals and get to the second round. The Final Contest! Transcription: " Haruka Tai Musashi!
Saigo no Kontesuto!! As the battle rounds for the Mulberry Contest begin, James and Meowth trick Ash, Brock, and Max into a huge metal box so that they can't cheer May on, in hopes that it will cause her to lose. Harley is more determined than ever to make sure May loses. Jessie and May easily breeze through the battle rounds. As the final round arrives, May sticks with her trusty Squirtle and Jessie stays with Harley's Banette. Will May be able to beat Jessie and win her final ribbon so she can compete in the Grand Festival?
And what about Ash and the others, can Drew rescue them in time? Respective Roads! Transcription: " Roketto-dan Kaisan!? Sorezore no Michi! Jessie, James and Meowth get into an argument and they decided to split up, with Jessie joining Butch, James joining Cassidy and Meowth going it alone. Defend Nibi Gym in a Tag Battle!! Transcription: " Takeshi Ando Satoshi!
Taggu Batoru de Nibi Jimu o Mamore!! Delibird gives Jessie and James a Charizard and Aggron by accident and claims it back for Butch and Cassidy in the end. Transcription: " Batoru Piramiddo! Tai Rejirokku!! Ash and friends finally arrive at the Battle Pyramid. Pyramid King Brandon decides to stop him in a battle and save Ash. But will he be able to win and set Ash free? Mountain of the Giant Kekking!! Kyodai Kekkingu no Yama!!
An old man comes by and tells them that local Aipom, Mankey, and Vigoroth have been stealing his berries and taking them up to the mountains. He also tells them that there is a rumor about a giant monster living in the mountains. They follow the Aipom into the mountains to a giant wooden fence.
When the fence opens up, they run in and find out that it is really a Giant Slaking working with Team Rocket! After being chased out of the Slaking's territory, Ash and Brock are separated from everybody else, along with the Aipom that stole Ash's hat. Can they reunite, get May's Ribbons back, solve the mystery of the Giant Slaking, and get Ash's hat back?
Transcription: " Kaimaku! Pokemon Kontesuto, Gurando Fesutibaru!! Before the competition, excitement already unfolds as Aipom returns and steals everybody's hats! With that help of Drew and a new trainer named Solidad, they manage to get the hats back. While this is going on, Brock and Max run into a cloaked figure that they suspect to be Harley. As the next day begins, May, Drew, and Solidad all pull off impressive performances, but everyone begins to wonder where Harley is. All of a sudden, Harley, dressed as May and calling himself Mayley, comes out for a Harley original appeal.
As the first round ends, May, Drew, Harley, and Solidad all progress, however, Harley has set out to defeat all of them! Stage On with a Double Battle!! The Grand Festival continues with appeals as Drew shows off his new Absol. May, Harley, and Solidad also do great appeals and the four of them all make it into the Top 16, which are the battle rounds. In the first match, May has to battle Harley.
She chooses Munchlax and Eevee while he uses Cacturne and his new Wigglytuff. Eevee and Munchlax easily take out Cacturne but Wigglytuff badly beats them back. After devising a perfect strategy, May wins. Soon after, Solidad and Drew beat their opponents. Now in the Top 8 May must face Drew!
Will May be able to beat her longtime rival? The Final Battle! Saigo no Tatakai!! As May and Drew continue their battle. Drew quickly gains a lead with a new combo move. As the battle progresses, May manages to finally defeat Flygon with Squritle. However, her victory is soon spoiled as Absol quickly takes out Squirtle. Combusken and Absol continue to battle with neither side letting down.
During the battle, Combusken learns Overheat and is able to strike back with amazing power. As the battle ends, it comes down to May winning by just a few points! After the battle, Ash finally catches the troublesome Aipom. May then finds herself up against Solidad and her amazing Pidgeot and Slowbro.
Can May defeat Solidad and go on to win the Grand Festival? The four heroes arrive in a town where whoever wears a crown until sunset for one particular day gets to be king of the town for one year.
However, the crown becomes stuck on Aipom's head. Transcription: " Perappu to Pokemon Manzai! While Ash heads to the battle pyramid he meets a girl named Ada. Ada was going to do comedy with her Chatot. Chatot also went to a hospital to see little kids. Ada decided to do her comedy there.
First comes May. She decided to use her Squirtle and Eevee. Then came Max using May's Munchlax. The Stray Manyula!! On their way to the Battle Pyramid, Ash and his friends encounter an injured Weavile. Transcription: " Batoru Piramiddo Futatabi! Tai Rejisuchiru!! After the battle however he obtains Torkoal from Professor Oak and rechallenges Brandon for the rematch. Will Ash be able to defeat it? Rivals Forever!! Raibaru yo Eien ni!! When Drew appears on the scene, he notices that May is sad and decides to cheer her up by challenging her to a battle.
Will the Rivals have an all out battle? However, Joy who is managing the Center faints on the floor. The Final Battle!! Transcription: " Saisho no Pokemon! They head up into the mountains for a little training and reminiscing of the past. Brandon declares a 4-on-4 battle this time so he can see the true strength of Ash. Ash agrees and the next day the battle begins. Brandon chooses Dusclops and Ash chooses Charizard.
Will he finally be able to win? Transcription: " Kessen! Tai Rejiaisu!! Ash continues his battle against Brandon. With faith in his Bulbasaur, Ash manages to finally beat Dusclops. Then, Squirtle faces off against the speedy Ninjask and manages to pull off a win. Squirtle isn't so lucky when he faces down Solrock. Solrock defeats Squirtle. Ash then sends out Bulbasaur, and then Bulbasaur and Solrock knock out each other. So it comes down to the final battle: Pikachu vs. Pikachu manages to defeat Regice. Ash wins over Brandon and becomes "Master of the Battle Frontier". Ash is offered a Frontier Brain position, but he declines.
Ash waves a goodbye and Brandon leaves in his air ship. The Last Battle!! Transcription: " Satoshi Tai Haruka! Rasuto Batoru!!