Extra Online (Ca), February 1995
Keanu Reeves Interview
Keanu Reeves was interviewed on location in Winnipeg, by Extra, while starring in Hamlet for the first time.
Extra: So how are things? You've been doing Hamlet three weeks?
Keanu: Yeah it's been good, fairly. I mean, it's a great part and we've got a great cast and people are doing great and the director was great and so it's working along.
Extra: He's the guy you worked with like years ago?
Keanu: Yeah, when I was eighteen I played Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet. His name is Louis Bowman [sic], and so, yeah, we got together and did this Hamlet.
Extra: That's great, and you're about to close?
Keanu: Yeah, this is the last week.
Extra: Are you going to miss it? Would you like to have more time?
Keanu: Yeah I would. I wish we had more rehearsal, but yeah, I call it Mount Hamlet. I mean like it's the best mountain in the world to climb, it's really... uhh...it' s a lot... I'm fortunate to have it... but it is a lot.
Extra: Kenneth Branagh did Hamlet. Did he ever talk to you about the possibility? but
Keanu: No, no. He's played it four times. I saw his last one. We never really spoke about it at all. He was lucky. He got to do the whole play. We cut about an hour and a half out so I really don't feel like I'm playing the Hamlet...a kind of Hamlet or something.
Extra: That's cool man, and how has the town been?
Keanu: Oh man, the people here are amazing. I don't know how long you've been here but they're friendly.
Extra: Just got here yesterday. It seemed to be incredible! Are they like, cool with space and not following you around and the whole deal?
Keanu: Yeah. I haven't had any of that really. I met some people after the play and in restaurants and stuff...ran into you.
Extra: Exactly. Have you been to Winnipeg before?
Keanu: No I haven't.
Extra: You live in Toronto right?
Keanu: I grew up in Toronto.
Extra: So what's up next? Johnny Mnemonic is coming out soon?
Keanu: Yeah, I hope. I don't know. I mean, it's been day to day and I've been doing the post on it so who knows when it will come out.
Extra: Well, listen man, congratulations with this and I would love to be able to see it. unfortunately, I don't have tickets but it was good to see you again. Take care.
(They shake hands)