Keanu bathes in tubs of ice
Keanu Reeves says part of his preparation for the Matrix sequel included reading philosophy books and bathing in a pool of ice. He underwent Kung Fu training for at least seven hours a day with specialist Yuen Wo Ping. His character Neo's moves are more sophisticated in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions than the first film."Training for these two films was probably three times harder than preparing for the first," says Keanu."Neo's Kung Fu elements and wire work are more sophisticated - there are more movements in one particular fight in Reloaded that there are in the whole of the first Matrix."
"It was all very good fun, but very hard work as well. And painful - ice is your friend."
Speaking about Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers, he added: "They wanted the fights to be as spectacular as possible. They love spectacle and they want to entertain.
"They're interested in physical contact in both its positive and negative light, in the same way that fire can be destructive and it can also give warmth - that's what they wanted from an action sequence."