Keanu, Colin and Clive: Getting close to my celeb crushes
by Sheri Block
(snipped for Keanu)
On Day 6 of TIFF, I felt like a teenager again. Even though I'd already attended press conferences with the likes of Matt Damon and George Clooney, I was on a mission to get up close with even more of my celebrity crushes.
So began a long day and evening of star spotting that would hopefully end with a moment of eye contact, a word or two of conversation or maybe even a marriage proposal.
Keanu: a teenage dream come true
I've wanted to meet Keanu Reeves ever since I was 11 and first saw him in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." The crush only escalated years later when "Speed" hit theatres and I had my wall covered in posters of the hunky Canadian actor.
With long hair and a full beard, this older, more mature Keanu at TIFF wasn't quite the goofy guy who time traveled in a phone booth or stopped a bomb on a bus. But his intense dark eyes and kind manner reminded me of why I loved him all those years ago.
In "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," Keanu plays Chris, a 35-year-old man who has come to stay with his mother in a quiet retirement community after his marriage fails. He develops a curious friendship with Pippa Lee (Wright Penn), the woman who lives next door with her much older husband.
"He's kind of this character who has three or four different responsibilities in the piece," says Keanu of the role. "He's kind of a friend, he's the weird neighbour guy, he's in a way, a lover. I got to play three roles in one, which was kind of exciting."
Keanu says the novelist and director Rebecca Miller's script struck a chord with him and while he hopes to do more dramatic roles such as this, "The Matrix" star is not ruling out a return to the action genre.
"It was a great experience to be working with such great artists and a story that I really responded to but it's nice to do some movie kung fu, too. It's nice to run and jump and hopefully just looking to entertain and do work that's worthwhile."
Keanu was just as cordial following the press conference, stopping to talk to a few reporters and posing for a picture.
I resisted the urge to run up and tell him how long I've been a fan, realizing that my teenage self would be satisfied just knowing he was as lovely in person as I always imagined he would be.