by Beth Landman Keil and Deborah Mitchell
The suspense in Warner Bros. new thriller "Matrix" was not limited to on-screen action.
Keanu Reeves, the film's star, recently found himself in a real life-threatening predicament, say insiders on the set. During preparation for the movie, scheduled to begin shooting this March in Australia, Reeves was required to take a complete physical examination.
To the actor's disbelief, says one insider, he was told he had a fracture in his neck.
When Reeves went to get a second opinion from his own physician, not only was the diagnosis confirmed, but he was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, the source continues.
While a Reeves spokesman confirms the surgery, he dismisses it as "minor surgery on a disk in his neck."
The film sources say Reeves was told the problem, which was apparently due to a neglected sports injury, could have resulted in paralysis had it not been treated.