Crunch Time for 'Matrix' Cast
by George Rush and Joanna Malloy with Lola Ogunnaike and Kasia Anderson
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are finding that it's dangerous indeed to return to "The Matrix." Filming hasn't started on the two sequels to the sci-fi blockbuster, but both stars have already hurt themselves training for their stunts.
Directors Andy and Larry Wachowski and execs at Warner Bros. had reason to worry when Moss recently bruised her knee. The shapely actress, who plays Trinity, is critical to the film makers, who are planning to spend most of the next year shooting, simultaneously, "The Matrix 2" and "The Matrix 3."
The boo-boo put Moss on crutches for about six weeks. Then, just as she was mending, another stunt rehearsal left Reeves groaning about pain in his left ankle. Doctors gave the star an MRI and an X-ray, but according to his spokeswoman, "they couldn't find anything wrong with him." Playing it safe, they put Reeves in a cast.
He's doing better now. Bravely combating talk of a "Matrix" curse, he's to appear at Sunday's Golden Globes cast-free.
"Matrix 2" is due out next year, "Matrix 3" in 2003.
One actor who won't be joining Reeves, Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Jada Pinkett Smith in their scary mind probe is Hong Kong star Jet Li. Word is, Li wanted $13 million for the 11-month shoot and refused to take the $3 million offered. (Variety reports that Reeves is getting $30 million against 15% of the gross.)