“Constantine” Press Conference in Rome (Italy), February 10, 2005


(Translated from Italian by keanugirl76, translation edited by Anakin McFly)

To keep the evil forces away.

To avoid supernatural forces troubling the takes of his movie "Constantine," Keanu Reeves asked an exorcist to "protect" the set from such incidents and bad surprises. In the movie, which is coming out on February the 25th, Keanu plays a detective fighting against demons to make them go back to hell. The actor said that he had investigated a possessed person's behaviours and he affirmed that now he's less sceptical about the existence of the demonic.

From The Matrix's dark atmosphere to Constantine's horror. This is a very important evolution, as the character played by Keanu is the exorcist-detective taken from the cult comics Hellblazer. The movie, coming out on February the 18th in the USA (Feb the 25th in Italy), is directed by Francis Lawrence. He used to direct short video-clips (Aerosmith and Britney Spears) and Constantine is his first long movie.

In the USA, under-17s must be accompanied by an adult, as an even darker feature is added to the supernatural atmosphere of the plot. Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a detective of the supernatural (he was created by Alan Moore in 1992) who fights against demons in an apocalyptic Los Angeles, where the evil takes possession of its inhabitants. The life of Constantine is a sort of a descent to hell. He discovers he has cancer (the demon he has to come to terms with every day with is the vice of smoking) and starts collaborating with the police agent Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz from The Mummy) to investigate her twin sister's mysterious suicide.

The investigations catapult the couple into an underground world where evil entities interact with humans. Constantine is an a cheeky character, definitely unconventional, dependent on smoking and alcohol. "Cigarettes kill my character," declared the actor, who, during a scene where a X-ray plate displays his lungs strewed with holes, can't find anything better to do than "lighting another cigarette".

Reeves prepared himself to play this role by often meeting an exorcist, but he doesn't define himself as a Catholic, even though he confessed to having been very struck by his research on the supernatural. The fans of this anti-heroic featured detective, who at the beginning were rather puzzled by Reeves'choice, after seeing the first scenes of the movie then changed their minds, expressing a flattering comment on the ex-Neo's performance.

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