New Weekly (Aus), September 3, 2001
Keanu and company are back for more Matrix action in Sydney
by Jackie Brygel
These are the first pictures of Keanu Reeves and his co-stars arriving in Sydney for the filming of the sequels to The Matrix.
The hunky American actor spent many months living in the harbour city in 1998 for the first Matrix shoot, and appeared happy to be back on our shores again to film The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix 3.
Despite sporting a rather grungy beard, Keanu looked as gorgeous as ever as he wheeled his luggage through the airport.
Co-star Laurence Fishburne also seemed determined to prove that actors sometimes have to lug their own gear around, no matter how famous they are. But pushing his well-laden trolley into the street, Laurence seemed relaxed and in good spirits.
Leading lady Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays cyber-babe Trinity in the sci-fi blockbusters, was looking a little less glamorous than usual as she stepped off the plane, wearing a long, baggy brown cardigan and loose-fitting black pants.
But she was showing no sign of the injuries she suffered during rehearsals for the sequels earlier this year. Reports claimed the actress bruised her knees and needed crutches for six weeks, after hurting herself while training for the super-strenuous martial-arts fight scenes.
Along with his co-stars, Keanu is no dout keen to return to some of his favourite Sydney haunts.
While the 35-year-old kept a low profile during his last visit, he loved indulging in his favourite pastime, surfing, at Bondi beach.
Keanu also spent many hours working out at the exclusive Hyde Park Club gym.
He was also spotted chowing down at the world's most famous pie cart, Harry's Cafe de Wheels, at Wolloomooloo Bay, and window-shopping in the historic Queen Victoria Building.
Hopefully, things will improve for Keanu while in Sydney. It hasn't been an easy year for him. In April, his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Syme was killed in a car accident in L.A. The 29-year-old had been suffering from deep depression since her and Keanu's daughter Ava was stillborn in January of last year.