Yahoo! News (US), April 16, 2008
Keanu Reeves wants to sing, dance next
Keanu Reeves has built his career on tense action films like Speed, the Matrix and his latest, Street Kings.
So, for his next project he’s looking for a change of pace – by starring in a musical.
“I’d like to, yes,” Reeves told AAP.
“(I want to do) the whole shebang – singing, dancing, some romance.”
For now, though, Reeves is in Australia promoting Street Kings by director David Ayer and co-starring Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie and Chris Evans.
Reeves plays veteran LAPD cop Tom Ludlow who uncovers an extortion conspiracy in the police department he’s been part of all his career.
Reeves was unapologetic about the violent nature of the film, which is rated MA15+ for strong violence.
“It’s about that, it’s a gritty film in a gritty world,” he said.
The 43-year-old star said he had to do a lot of training to get into shape for the part, and admitted getting fit wasn’t as easy now as it used to be.
“I trained, I lifted some weights,” he said.
“It depends on the role – I don’t feel ageless.”
About 1,000 Sydney fans turned out on Tuesday to welcome Reeves, who called the Harbour city home for two years while he was shooting the Matrix trilogy.
Reeves signed autographs, posed for photographs and slapped high fives with the excited crowd, who filled the George Street cinema complex and lined the road outside.
He said he was enjoying his brief return to Sydney and hoped to do a film here again in the future.
“It’s great to be back,” he said.
“I had the greatest experience working here, so I hope I get to do that again.
“It’s a fantastic city.”
Reeves got the chance to catch up Tuesday with another big Hollywood star, Robert Downey Jr, who is also in town promoting his film Iron Man.
“We ran into each other this afternoon, so that was nice,” Reeves said.