Reeves it and weep
by Wyndham King
Matrix Reloaded scorcher Monica Bellucci has been singing the praises of Keanu Reeves' tongue-sarnie prowess.
And the 34-year-old Italian ex-model, who plays the delectable cyber-temptress Persephone in the forthcoming sci-fi blockbuster, says one particular snog-scene in the sensational sequel ended up having tons of takes - to make certain it was just right.
Well, you can't leave these things to chance, can you?
And she hasn't. In fact, with almost spooky symmetry, it is 11 years since Bellucci made her movie debut in Francis Ford Coppolla's Dracula, in which she was required to indulge in a spot of tonsil-hockey with, you've guessed it, Reeves.
In an interview with America's Jam! showbiz digest Bellucci purred: "We had to do the scene maybe 20 times, 50 times, I don't know, many, many times.
"Keanu is a good kisser, so it wasn't painful. It's so funny because in our work we have to get so intimate with people we don't know."
Do go on.
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Bellucci, meanwhile, promises to be a compelling presence in both of this year's eagerly awaited Matrix sequels.
The Daily Star has kick-started the hype with a centre-spread of Bellucci and the other three members of the babe-tastic Matrix quartet, Carrie-Anne Moss, Nona Gaye and Jada Pinkett Smith. And Bellucci added to the Jam! hack: "It's a film that represents a generation.
"This film is much more than an action movie. It's more than a beautiful visual movie. It's a philosophy of life. It's a deep meaning. There's something very religious about it.
"We're on our knees, love, trust us. We're on our knees...