The Sun (UK), May 23, 2003

Keanu lighten up a bit?

by Emily Smith

MOVIE hunk Keanu Reeves has earned a whopping £15million in a week - and he STILL looks miserable.

Keanu, 38, negotiated a bumper deal for 15 per cent of box office takings for The Matrix Reloaded.

The blockbuster, which opened in the UK on Wednesday, is on course to smash records by raking in £100million worldwide in its first week.

But Keanu barely cracked a smile at the London premiere - despite becoming one of the richest men in Hollywood.

More than 10,000 fans braved the rain in London’s Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of their idol.

The star spent 30 minutes signing autographs but looked deadly serious the whole time.

Matrix insider said: “Keanu has had a gruelling schedule promoting the movie and hasn’t really had any time to enjoy its success.

“He has been in Cannes for the worldwide premiere, flown over to London to promote the movie here and now is off to Japan.

“It is not unusual for the biggest stars to negotiate a box office percentage. It ensures that the big names return for sequels and it keeps their initial fee lower.”

The sci-fi spectacular, second in the Matrix trilogy, has already grossed £52million in the States in just over a week.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets holds the UK record for first week’s takings with £18million.

Keanu is now in talks to sign a £46million three-film deal with Warner Brothers.

It will put him on a par with Hollywood big earners Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. Why, it’s enough to make you smile.


1. Straight role ... serious Keanu at the UK premiere of Matrix
2. Glum ... Keanu with Matrix co-stars


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Matrix Reloaded, The


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