ANSWERS PLEASE KEANU REEVES
'Chop him up for firewood' jibed one critic, after Keanu Reeves struggled through Bram Stoker's Dracula with the lousiest British accent since Dick Van Dyke. But one bad haircut, and a bumpy bus ride later, Speed has deposited the 30 year old actor at the stop marked 'megastar'. He's back in action as Johnny Mnemonic early next year but first there's A Walk In The Clouds, which finds our hero as a demobbed Second World War soldier embroiled in a star crossed three day romance.
HOW IMPORTANT HAVE YOUR LOOKS BEEN IN YOUR CAREER?
I've no idea.
BUT SO MANY WOMEN SEE YOU AS THIS SEX SYMBOL...
Yeah, but they're not hiring me for films. Hopefully their enjoyment helps, and I'm glad of it.
DO YOU FEEL AT EASE WITH THE TERM 'STAR'?
I think it's ridiculous. It doesn't mean anything. I was in one film that was fairly successful, Speed, and hopefully I will continue to work and have the chance to work.
HANG ON, SPEED WASN'T JUST 'FAIRLY SUCCESSFUL'. IT WAS A HUGE HIT.
It wasn't a huge hit. It didn't make $300 million like the dinosaurs.
MAYBE THAT'S JUST AS WELL. IT STILL BOUGHT YOU A LOT OF UNWELCOME ATTENTION, DIDN'T IT?
It did indeed.
SUCH AS ALL THESE RUMOURS FLOATING AROUND HOLLYWOOD THAT YOU'RE GAY AND THAT YOU'RE SECRETLY MARRIED TO RECORD AND MOVIE MOGUL DAVID GEFFEN. DID YOU LAUGH - OR FUME?
I didn't even know. Someone told me, and I went 'Oh, that's silly.' Then it just took a life of it's own. The truth is I've never even met him.
SO WHY DID YOU DO AN INTERVIEW IN THE TRENDY HOMOSEXUAL MAGAZINE 'OUT' DENYING YOU ARE GAY?
Because my manager and my agent were like, 'look, you have to address this.' For the longest time I was like, 'I don't care what anyone thinks.' But then it got to such a degree that they impressed upon me that, 'Look, you have to make a statement,' because I've been told - and this has kind of borne it out - that if you ignore the press, then they seem to get angry and they attack. So I addressed it, and felt that Out magazine was probably the best place to give an interview.
DIDN'T IT CONFUSE PEOPLE EVEN MORE?
I don't think so, because it was the magazine's straight issue, and they didn't take it that way.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A WALK IN THE CLOUDS? IT'S A BIG CHANGE OF PACE FROM SPEED.
I wanted to do a romance, something that concerned itself more with heart and sensuality. It's a very romantic story about two lovers who are separated by circumstances, who cannot consummate their love.
IN THE FILM YOU DRUNKENLY SERENADE SPANISH ACTRESS AITANA SANCHEZ-GIJON UNDER HER BALCONY. HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN REAL LIFE?
No, because I'm a terrible singer.
WAS THERE A GOOD CHEMISTRY BETWEEN YOU AND AITANA?
We were very fortunate in that way. What was so nice was that it was sensual and the characters looked like they fitted. Every time they were together it was like 'aaah', and that's really cool.
SO ARE YOU DATING ANYONE NOW?
No I'm not. I'm practicing liberal and free sex! No, I'm joking. I've been working too hard to see anyone.
CHARLIE SHEEN WAS PRETTY SCATHING ABOUT YOUR ACTING IN A RECENT INTERVIEW. DID YOU SEE THAT?
Yeah, I read his interviews all the time. I love his interviews. I mean, in the same sentence he had a go at Tim Robbins. It's really what's to your taste.
DO YOU GET UPSET?
I find it funny..... as long as I work. I've done some good work and some not-so-good-work.
WHAT DO YOU SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED CASH ON? YOU DON'T SEEM TO LEAD AN OSTENTATIOUS LIFESTYLE.
No, but I get to buy some nice wine and I can travel.
IS IT TRUE YOU DON'T EVEN OWN A HOUSE?
No I don't. I'm interested in getting an apartment. That's all I really need. If anything, I'd like to build a house. Then it's a true imaginative act. Right now I'm just staying in a hotel.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON WHY YOUNG, RICH, HANDSOME MOVIE STARS LIKE, SAY, HUGH GRANT PAY FOR SEX?
I think being a movie star doesn't have much to do with that impulse. That's a human thing. I don't think it was a case of 'I'm young, I'm rich and a movie star and I want a whore!' If she was a whore, whatever that means.
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER SPEED?
If they could come up with a really bitchin' idea and Sandra and Jan were available.... But it has to be better, for all three of us. And that's a hard challenge.