Long Beach Press-Telegram (US), June 5, 1994


He says he wants to do Shakespeare. But you're looking at the Young Turk who may be the next big action hero. Yep, Keanu Reeves, 29, who elicits grimaces when he tries to emote, has decided to go the Schwarzenegger way and let his body do the talking for his film "Speed" (about a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT cop and a bus rigged to explode if the speed falls below 50 mph). He did weights at Gold's Gym in Los Angeles for two months. Says director Jan De Bont of the results in Entertainment Weekly: "I always knew Keanu would be perfect. ... He's not threatening to men because he's not that bulky, and he looks great to women." Says co-star Dennis Hopper: "When I saw Keanu he was totally buff. He had just finished 'Little Buddha.' That character was so emaciated that at times he even looked like a beautiful woman. And in 'Speed' he looks like a bulldog."

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