Daily Mail (UK), December 15, 2010
Samurai in training: Keanu Reeves heads off to work with his trusty sword in hand
As any proud Samurai knows - never let your sword leave your side.
And Keanu Reeves was no exception as he headed to rehearsals Monday in Los Angeles, clutching his Samurai sword along with a bottle of water.
The 46-year-old actor definitely wasn't in the mood to be photographed, hiding his face behind his hand as he walked from his car.
Keanu was dressed in his favourite homeless -style ensemble of knitted beanie, old tracksuit bottoms, ratty grey T-shirt and crumpled jacket.
The matrix star's hair was long and unkempt, poking out from the bottom of his hat and his beard was wild and unruly.
He completed his decidedly non- A-lister look with an old shabby tan coloured shoulder bag, white trainers and a pair of large black sunglasses.
The action star was announced last year as the main star in the upcoming Universal Studios remake of the 1994 Japanese movie, 47 Ronin.
Based upon a true story, 47 Ronin is about a group of samurai left leaderless when their master was forced to commit suicide after assaulting a court official.
The Ronin planned and executed their revenge against the official… and were then forced to kill themselves for committing the murder.
According to Variety: 'The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in The Lord of The Rings pictures, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as Gladiator.'
The movie, which is being directed by Carl Rinsch, will be shot entirely in 3D and has a release date of November 21, 2012.
The film is shaping up to be heavily stylised and visually stunning with plenty of special effects.
Producers have commissioned Nottingham-based fashion designer Daniel Hanson to producer 300 kimonos for the movie, forcing him to drop his Spring/Summer collection for he first time in 21-years.
The designer will be making costumes for 100 monks, 50 samurai, 16 prostitutes and 15 concubines.
'It's manor (sic) from heaven for us,' he said. 'We've got an end client. We can be as creative as we want to be within the context of the budget and know there is payback for it.'
1. Why so shy? Keanu Reeves tried to hide his face from the cameras as he walked from his car in Los Angeles on Monday
2. Warrior alert: Keanu is currently in training for his role as a Samurai in the upcoming remake of the Japanese classic, 47 Ronin
3. Turning Japanese: 47 Ronin is based on a true life tale of a group of Samurai who avenge their master's death
4. Hobo chic: Keanu was rocking his usual homeless look with his shaggy hair and scraggly unkempt beard