Cool x Humorous = Keanu Reeves
"I didn't know until now that Takeshi Kitano is the same Takeshi who I worked with in Johnny Mnemonic, and that he was the winner of The Venice Award in Hana-Bi. That's because I worked with him in just 2 brief scenes. But, despite of the brief scnes, his aura, his great presence was like......it generates a strong gravity when he is there. He is a man of a profound dignity; yet his movement is light and graceful, his gestures are clear and beautiful. I was just looking at him in admiration. He is beautiful.
"In the near future, I would like to go on tour to play *that* Hamlet again, although I would stay on stage throughout the play, although the amount of lines you have to memorize is vast (laughs). Maybe it's because there are so many great lines in Hamlet, the words that touched my heart were different each day whilst I was doing the play. The lines that come into my mind lately are from... one of those dialogues with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. This line is a bit off the main subject, and it's like this:
"I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises. And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire - why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god: ........ And yet to me what is this quintessence of dust?
"Well, there are so many wonderful lines, so I can't choose one (smiles).
"Although I made just 15 films (What. More like 34. - Ani), when I look back upon my past, I notice that I did make some mistakes. I can't talk about them in detail now, but I did. One needs enough time to think before making a decision. The reason I didn't do Speed 2 was because I didn't like the script, but many people said like 'can't believe it!' (laughs). Hopefully now they may understand what I was feeling.
You know why I did this movie (Devil's Advocate)? Because this is a comedy! You might be surprised when you hear that this is a comedy, but despite the heavy theme, you have that impression of a sudden appearance of a pierrot. It's like Shakespeare. It's a really unique film, that you'll never know what will happen in the next scene, and it's funny, that's why I like it. All the people in this movie are weird, except me. I'm the only one who is serious."
Vanity is my favorite sin - says the devil in the movie, so what is your favorite sin, Keanu?
"How about lust?"
Here it is, his kind of twisted sense of humor. He said, "that was my demand" when he was asked how he was feeling about the title role, where Keanu's name is in the top of the actors, pushing aside his big senior, Al Pacino. "No, no. I was embarrassed about this, so I requested Warner to change the order of our names, but they said it's impossible because it may cause a misunderstanding. They say if they put Al's name at the top, the audience would think he is the hero of the movie. We couldn't join our names and put 'Al Reeves' there either.
"What I want to do in the future is just acting, acting, acting and acting. My dream is to make a film about Montezuma, the king of the Aztecs, with the German director Werner Herzog, who I met through Gus Van Sant, before I get too old (laughs)."