Keanu's brand Neo look
Matrix star just wants to be Garbo
by John Dingwall
He is regarded as the "new Greta Garbo of Hollywood", who just wants to be left alone.
But Keanu Reeves admits The Matrix Reloaded is about to make him one of the most sought-after actors on the planet.
The 38-year-old star, born in Beirut and raised in Canada, has just completed back to back filming of the Matrix sequels - Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
Now the man who hates doing interviews and normally refuses to answer questions about his private life, has opened his heart to 192.
He admits the sequels to the brilliant 1999 sci-fi film are expected to confirm him as one of Hollywood's top action heroes when they hit UK screens next month and in November.
In Reloaded, Laurence Fishburne returns as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Hugh Weaving as Agent Smith. And, of course, Reeves is back as the hero, Neo.
It picks up six months after the first movie ended, with Neo having 72 hours to stop 250,000 probes discovering humankind's last stronghold, Zion.
Keanu said: "It turns out that our world was just another construct of the Matrix, the real Zion is being overrun by sentinels.
"Neo is told by the Oracle that it's not destiny but choices that he will have to make that will affect the survival of the human race."
Action scenes will see him battling a host of clones including albino-looking twins played by Neil and Adrian Rayment, best-known as the DIY twins on ITV's Better Homes.
There is also a motorcycle chase, something Keanu felt at home with - mind you, he has crashed his own bike eight times in recent years. He admitted: "I drive too fast and have been stupid about it. Once I lost my licence because I had too many tickets for driving too fast. I did 70 miles an hour in a 30-mile an hour limit, that sort of thing."
One reason for his re-think on speed is the tragic death of girlfriend Jennifer Syme in a tragic car accident in 2000.
Still recovering from that, Keanu explained: "It would be great to marry because it would be very important to me to have a home and a family, but this work means I am on the road a lot. When I'm working, I think only about work. Girls have got close very rarely."
Despite being this year's highest paid actor in Hollywood, Keanu is homeless and lives in hotels.
He admits: "That's the way I like things. I like room service. I'm used to it. I've led pretty much a nomad lifestyle.
"My mother worked in rock 'n roll, doing costumes for people like Alice Cooper. My stepfather was a theatre director."
He also admits the Greta Garbo comparison is justified.
He confessed: "The loss of privacy sometimes is frustrating, because I'm so private.
"There have been so many stories about me that just aren't true."