Vanity Fair (US), October 1991
Face it: the Japanese have brought only a cosmetic change to Hollywood, but who better to personify it than the town's hottest heartthrob, Keanu Reeves. (This Brando cub's career is so on-track he'll be saying Sayonara only if he's cast in the remake of that Brando film.) Keanu would like us to think that he's just another excellent dude, yet the roles he picks prove otherwise - whether he's batting his eyelashes as Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons or playing battleship with the Grim Reaper in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. With the release of Gus Van Sants's My Own Private Idaho, a bleakly humorous talke in which he stars as a hustler along with River Phoenix, he turns in another controversial performance. His role as a rich boy working the streets has raised more than a few painted eyebrows.