Edmonton Sun (Ca), February 13, 2000
Filming began last week in Georgia on director Sam Raimi's new psychological drama The Gift. Keanu Reeves plays a wife-beater and Hilary Swank, fresh from her Golden Globe win for best actress in Boys Don't Cry, plays his wife. Giovani Ribisi, who plays a troubled mechanic, says Reeves "looks truly scary and menacing. He's got this long hair and beard and he can make his gaze look so creepy. Keanu is going to surprise a lot of people. "He plays a very convincing redneck." The film about the effect of physical and emotional abuse was co-written by Billy Bob Thornton.