Sky News (US), May 21, 2003

"Matrix Critics? **** 'Em"

Matrix Reloaded star Laurence Fishburne turned the air blue live on Sky News when he was interviewed at the UK premiere of the blockbuster film.

Fishburne, who plays the mack-clad Morpheus, was asked by Sky's Matt Smith what he thought about the critical response to the sci-fi thriller.

The star raised his middle finger and launched into a four-letter tirade before walking away with security staff.

Although the film, which stars Keanu Reeves, has been hailed as the film of the year, some critics say the movie does not match the original, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

'Pretty extraordinary'

Hundreds of fans braved pouring rain to catch a glimpse of the film's stars in Leicester Square.

Reeves was joined on the red carpet by co-stars Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett-Smith and twins Neil and Adrian Rayment, the film's most unlikely stars.

He was more polite when asked about how the film's frenzied reception.

"It is pretty extraordinary," he told Sky News.

"It's great to be part of it. It does not happen very often."

He kept screaming fans happy by signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Cannes

Last week the most hyped movie release of the year dazzled crowds at Cannes with its European premiere.

The Matrix party was one of the hottest tickets of the festival, with a lavish £2m bash laid on for the stars.

Matrix Reloaded took a record $93m in its first weekend at US cinemas, the second-biggest opening of all time behind Spider-Man.

Warner Bros is reported to have spent $300m (£187m) on making the two follow-ups.




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