Sundance Diary: Cool cameos and stylish dance steps
by Ruthe Stein
(snipped for Keanu)
(01-27) 04:00 PDT Park City, Utah -- The unusually high turnout of movie stars at the Sundance Film Festival is a sign of how cool it's become to appear in independent films. The coolest thing is to take a small role to help an indie get financed, which is what Mr. Cool himself, Keanu Reeves, did on "Thumbsucker." He appears as a caring dentist concerned about a teenage patient's inability to keep the widest digit on his hand out of his mouth.
I asked if he'd drawn inspiration from other actors who've brandished drills, from Sir Laurence Olivier in "Marathon Man" to Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors." "Um, no," Reeves replied, laughing, "though those performances have been important to me just as somebody who wants to learn about acting." To prepare for "Thumbsucker," he hung out in an orthodontist's office. "I got to play with some of the tools. The first time I used one on Lou Pucci (as the teen), I almost knocked his eye out.'' Reeves makes a brief appearance in another Sundance entry, "Ellie Parker," performing with his band, Dogstar, at the House of Blues.