Michigan Journal (US), October 25, 2005

From 'Nightmare' to 'Matrix': the career of Keanu Reeves

by Garrett Godwin

He traveled through time in a phone booth. He stopped a bus from exploding if it went below 50 miles per hour. He battled machines, demons and the Devil. Also, he looks good in black. Whoa. 

He is none other than Keanu Reeves. 

The year 2005 has been a good year for him. He was recently seen saving the world again in "Constantine" and now he can be seen in a supporting role in "Thumbsucker," which is now playing.

But nothing compares to his biggest recognition yet - having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Call him a good actor or not, Keanu Reeves is definitely one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. And the movies he has been in are the reasons why. Here are some that are integral to his career:

1. "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989): The role that made him a star. He and Alex Winter (Bill) are Wild Stallions as they go time-traveling in a phone booth to pass a book report - and keep Ted (Reeves) from going to military school in Alaska. Party on, dudes!

2. "Point Break" (1991): Keanu's debut in the action genre as FBI Agent Johnny Utah assigned to infiltrate a gang of California surfers, led by Patrick Swayze, who are also bank robbers.

3. "Speed" (1994): As L.A.P.D. cop Jack Traven, it was the movie that broke Reeves out of his teen idol image and into leading man status. 

4. "The Devil's Advocate" (1997): Another great movie with Keanu as rising lawyer Kevin Lomax who discovers that his employer is Satan (Al Pacino).

5. "The Matrix" (1999), "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003): The trilogy that made Keanu Reeves a superstar and one of the richest actors in Hollywood. This trilogy also cemented his icon status as Neo, "The One" who is destined to save humanity from the machines. 

6. "The Gift" (2001): His second role as a bad guy (first was 2000's "The Watcher"), Reeves gives an intense, scary performance as abusive redneck Donnie Barksdale.

7. "Something's Gotta Give" (2003): Another great supporting role for Reeves a doctor in a love triangle between patient Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, the woman they both love.

8. "Constantine" (2005): Reeves becomes humanity's savior once again as anti-hero John Constantine, a man who has been sent to Hell and back fighting evil in modern-day Los Angeles in hopes of earning a reprieve from Hell to Heaven.

Now in his 40s, Keanu Reeves is still in demand. Right now, he is working with "Speed" co-star Sandra Bullock in a movie called "The Lake House," which will be out next year. 

Say what you what you can say about Keanu Reeves professionally and personally. But I can tell you this: Every time you knock him down, he gets back up with something bigger and better - and that he did. 

With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Keanu Reeves has finally made his mark on Hollywood. Mr. Reeves - excellent, dude!


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