Five Minutes With Keanu Reeves
by Cindy Pearlman
Talking to Keanu Reeves is always an excellent adventure. On a sunny day in New York City, the star of "Devil's Advocate" (in its opening weekend) made it known that he has found his hell on earth: Q. You just signed to do a big-budget sci-fi movie, "Matrix," with the Chicago-based Wachowski brothers, who directed "Bound". Why did you want to explore new universes?
A. I read the script and I was like, "Wow." It's a science-fiction kung fu movie, and how many of those come down the pike?
Q. Do you feel like the smartest guy in Hollywood for passing on the dismal "Speed 2: Cruise Control"?
A. I haven't seen it yet. I was on tour with my band when the movie came out.
Q. You read the script. Did you hate it?
A. I just didn't like the premise. I mean, a movie called "Speed 2" on a cruise line?
Q. Does this mean you're out of "Love Boat: The Movie"?
A. Oh, God! It's gonna be a whole film? (Shaking his head.) America just keeps eating itself. Pretty soon we're all going to get mad cow American disease.
Q. Are you a vegetarian?
Q. Why did you say yes to "Devil's Advocate"?
A. I saw it as a morality film.
Q. Have you ever been to court before?
A. I've never been . . . uh, yes I have. (He laughs.) I've sat in most of the seats in court.
Q. And you hung around real defense attorneys to prepare for this film. What did you learn?
A. Most defense attorneys that I met don't wanna know if their client is guilty. They just have this "don't ask" motto. It's not important to them.
Q. What was it like to be cast opposite Al Pacino?
A. Very exciting! When I heard about him taking the part, I got light-headed. My blood actually tickled. He is amazing.
Q. This movie is about sin. What do you think is the greatest one?
A. Murder is pretty bad.
Q. What's the sin you encounter most in Hollywood?
A. I don't know. I guess vanity, vanity, vanity, vanity. Power, too.
Q. Do you have a favorite sin?
A. I don't know. I'm guilty of all of them. I guess it depends. God and devil. Good and bad. It's in us all.
Q. Do you believe in God and the concept of sin?
A. Yeah, I guess. You're terrifying me! I think we're all driven by guilt, which is like a bag of bricks. I think guilt is the only thing that checks us. Because once you lose the power to feel guilty, then lying, cheating and killing really don't matter.
Q. What is your motto?
A. You reap what you sow. You lie in your bed. That's it.