ETonline (US), January 1, 2005

Keanu: Flirting, Fighting & 'Constantine'

He went to hell in 1991's 'Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey,' and now KEANU REEVES is making a return trip in the dark, supernatural thriller 'Constantine,' in theaters February 18. KEVIN FRAZIER caught up with Keanu as he talked about his new character (which he loved playing!), romance, private life -- and his aching knees!

Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novels, 'Constantine' stars Keanu in the title role as a man tormented by visions of demons and half-breed angels. Driven to take his life to escape these horrors, he is refused entry into heaven and cast back into the land of the living, cursed to walk the earthly border between heaven and hell. "It was an absolute blast, I had a really great time playing him," Keanu told Kevin. "He's world-weary -- fatalistic, he's cynical."

In an effort to earn his way to salvation, Constantine battles the forces of evil for a chance to make it to heaven. When skeptical L.A. police detective Angela Dodson's (RACHEL WEISZ) twin sister dies mysteriously, she enlists the help of Constantine to guide her through the world of demons and angels. Even though the characters clearly have a romantic spark between them, Keanu says it wouldn't have been appropriate for them to hook up amidst the movie chaos! "It's like, 'I really want to be with you, the demons are coming, but let's make out!' There was not time ... (but it was) one of the best flirtations."

Keanu and his co-stars had such an amazing time making the film -- they often talked about doing a sequel: "We would speak about it like, 'What would Constantine do next?'"

Movie-talk aside, Kevin also had to ask the star how he managed to keep his private life out of the tabloids: "I have no life and I don't answer personal questions ... who cares!!" Keanu joked.

The recently-turned-forty Keanu also said he was dealing well with the aging process. "My knees feel forty, I make those sounds in the morning when I get up and pick something up ... as you get older you get a better sense of humor, you can deal with these things."

Also starring TILDA SWINTON, GAVIN ROSSDALE, DJIMON HOUNSOU, SHIA LaBEOUF and PETER STORMARE, 'Constantine' is directed by celebrated music video helmer FRANCIS LAWRENCE (JENNIFER LOPEZ, BRITNEY SPEARS, AEROSMITH and more).

Watch ET for more with Keanu and the 'Constantine' crew!




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