Star Magazine (US), September 6, 1994

Keanu Reeves: I risked death from man-eating crocodiles to film 'Little Buddha'

Keanu Reeves got a big surprise while filming "Little Buddha" in Nepal. He shot a scene in a river that he later learned was full of man-eating crocodiles!

In the movie, Keanu's character ends a long fast, then wades into a river to bathe and encounters a herd of water buffalo.

The hunky "Speed" star filmed the scene twice, then told director Bernardo Bertolucci that he'd like to do it again.

"He's like, 'Uh, no, no, no. It's O.K. We have it,'" Keanu told Jay Leno.

"I'm like, 'No, I can do a little better scene.' And he says, 'No, that's good.' So I trust him and walk away."

That's when the movie's producer revealed that men armed with shotguns were sitting in steel cages in the river ready to shoot crocodiles!

"I thought I was getting in with water buffaloes," laughed Keanu, "and it's crocodiles?"

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