Dark Horizons (US), September 1, 2000
Keanu Reeves' next project is causing a little bit of a stir in Chicago and here's 'Crowdpleazr' with some details:
Hey there. I live in Chicago and recently saw a scene for Keanu Reeves' new movie shooting out in Michigan Avenue, next to the Chicago River. Unfortunately the man himself wasn't there, but from what I saw it wasa scene of a man and a woman sitting on a park bench talking to each other. When I asked what the film was, one of the crewman said it was the new one with Reeves. Now on to something a bit more interesting. There was a large article in the Chicago Sun-Times relating a news conference that Mayor Daley gave. Supposedly, Daley is pissed because Reeves' new film portrays a real life event that happened in the little league baseball in the Chicago projects, and the way they are filming it, childrenare swearing up a storm. Daley says it tarnishes the city's good name, and takes a good incident(the story is how white business people overcame their ratial problems to coacha bunch of kids from the projects) and tarnishes it. He's also pissed because kids are being pulled out of school to appear as extras. According to the story, this all started when Reeves gave an interview and said that the kids would be swearing a lot because he wanted them to talk like they normally do, and it would then be a R rated film and that it didn't bother him at all. The movie is based on Daniel Coyle's nonfiction book Hardball: A Season in the Projects."