Empire (UK), October 1995
How much is a pint of milk?
He's the bodacious star of the Bill & Ted films, the hunksome hero of Speed and a romantic GI in the forthcoming A Walk In The Clouds, but does Keanu Reeves know his fresh from his powdered?
by Jeff Dawson
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE NAKED IN THE OPEN AIR?
Do balconies count?
DEPENDS WHETHER IT'S GOT AN AWNING...
I guess it was a long time ago. I can't remember.
Nope, not even skinny-dipping.
CAN YOU ALWAYS GET A TABLE WHEN YOU GO TO A RESTAURANT?
No, it's a drag. I might even have to do Speed 2 so I can. People will say to me, "Why did you do Speed 2?" And I'll reply, "So I can get a good table in a restaurant in LA."
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA OF ROMANCE?
Well, there are so many, aren't there? Romance is giving joy to someone you love, and giving them something you know they love as well. A moment's gesture, giving your love, giving your feeling. The romance is the specialness of the moment and the event and the gesture.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMME?
I once saw a documentary by Brunowski, The Ascent Of Man, which was beautiful.
IS IT TRUE YOU DON'T HAVE A HOME BUT JUST LIVE IN HOTELS?
I've been in Los Angeles for about 11 years and I've just been working and travelling so I haven't had time to find a new place.
SO YOU'RE ALWAYS ON THE MOVE?
Yeah, but it's not like the Bohemian Gypsy thing - "I need to be free, I don't want any roots." Well, okay, there is some of that going on.
DO HOTEL STAFF WIND YOU UP?
Only in Europe. At a hotel in London many moons ago, when I was doing Dangerous Liaisons, I walked in at 1:30 in the morning. I'd been visiting some friends and was probably smelling a bit of the pub, and this man puts his arm on me and says (affects English accent), "Excuse me, sir, are you staying in the hotel? Can I see your key?" So I show him my key. Then I get in the elevator and this girl asks me if I want to party. She was a prostitute. I just thought that was funny. They're trying to kick me out, but I get in the elevator and there's a prostitute in there.
CAN YOU LIVE OUT OF A SUITCASE?
Yeah, when I went to Minnesota for the film Feeling Minnesota, I just had one bag. I'm getting very good at it.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?
Seven T-shirts, seven pairs of socks, seven underwears, three pairs of pants, one suit and a jacket. Running shoes, my hat, boots, and a couple of books.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING AT THE MOMENT?
I just got back into fiction. I hadn't been reading fiction for a long time. And I just read this great book called The Mysterious William Shakespeare, concerning the authorship issue.
SO WAS IT SHAKESPEARE OR SOMEONE ELSE?
It's not Shakespeare, man. Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl Of Oxford, he's the author of the plays.
I HEARD IT WAS FRANCIS BACON?
No no no no no. Not Bacon. Not Marlowe.
WHEN YOU PLAYED HAMLET IN CANADA, DID YOU GET TO WEAR TIGHTS?
And the codpiece, the old codpiece. Got to wear the big cod with the studs, cause I'm a prince, hahaha.
IS GOD A MAN WITH A BIG WHITE BEARD?
WHY ON EARTH DO SO MANY ACTORS FORM BANDS THESE DAYS?
Johnny Depp's got one but he started in rock 'n' roll. I hear Brad Pitt has one, and Kevin Bacon's in a band with his brother. My band, Dogstar, just got back from Tokyo. I play bass, we do it for kicks.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SANDWICH?
I have a couple: a toasted baguette with peanut butter and apricot jam with really cold white wine. Mmmmm. Philadelphia steak sandwich is really good. Oh, and a really good Italian sausage sandwich. But then you can't beat toasted Swiss and tomato with a little mustard on. Ooooooh, or Black forest ham with German black bread. Oh my god, and coleslaw and Swiss cheese with Russian dressing.
SO YOU'RE A MAN WHO LIKES A BIT OF MEAT?
Hey, there's a tomato in there, c'mon.
DO YOU DO YOUR OWN SHOPPING?
HOW MUCH IS A PINT OF MILK?
I don't know. I haven't done it for a long time.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A CARRY ON FILM?
They were in Africa.
CARRY ON UP THE JUNGLE?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE JOKE?
Hahahaha. It's not my favourite, but I heard a good joke recently. I don't come across jokes often.
WHAT WAS IT?
Little Red Riding Hood was about to go to her granny's house and her mother says, "Here, take this gun, in case the big bad wolf comes to eat yer." So she's walking to her granny's house and the big bad wolf jumps out in front of her and says, "Show me your titties." And Little Red Riding Hood pulls out her gun and says, "No, motherfucker, you're going to eat me just like the story goes..."