Daily Radar (UK), January 2001
Instead Of "Whoa," Keanu May Be Yelling "Ouch"
The news all over the Internet is that Keanu Reeves may have broken his ankle while training for the pair of simultaneous Matrix sequels. Considering the rapid-fire way this tidbit has spread across the wires, it's difficult to determine exactly where the nonsense started. However, London's tabloid The Sun looks like the likely culprit. It was reportedly the first to publish a photograph that allegedly shows that Neo isn't unbreakable. However, we're going to join the voices of dissention on this one. Save the photo, open it up in a graphics program and blow it up. Do you see what we see? We're by no means expert in this sleuthing technique, but Keanu's left foot is undeniably more pixelized than the right. Granted, the entire picture is fuzzy, but the foot in question definitely looks doctored.
We called up a Warner mole to find out what the buzz at the studio was -- and apparently there is no buzz. As it stands now, the training and shooting schedule for the sequels hasn't been altered in any way to accommodate Keanu's rumored boo-boo. The plan of action is to get a big chunk of principal photography in the can, so they can work on the special-effects design during the anticipated actors' strike. Even in the worst possible scenario, if Keanu does have some kind of injury, he is up and walking on it. If it were a serious fracture, he wouldn't be able to put any weight on his foot. Additional rumors claim Keanu isn't the only one battered for the sake of the production. Carrie-Anne Moss reportedly injured her knee while training. Since there are no doctored photos of her on the Internet, we'll assume for the time being that she just has a big purple bruise on her shin.
Besides Keanu's and Carrie-Anne's alleged injuries, we're more concerned with the fact that stunt director Yuen Woo-Ping's beefs with the production haven't been completely resolved. Our mole went on to tell us that the subject has generated quite a few heated phone calls and meetings over the past couple of weeks. However (and we hope Woo-Ping's people read this), the studio plans to do whatever it takes to keep him onboard -- but in typical business fashion, as inexpensively as possible.