Hot Topic: Keanu Reeves
by Ashley Terrill
The hunky actor has surfaced to support his latest independent passion project, Generation Um..., which hits theaters today. Reeves, joined by Adelaide Clemens and Bojana Novakovic, plays one-third of this captivating, dysfunctional "family" trio. The film is riddled with generational and philosophical crossroads.
Set in Manhattan, the "life as art" style film includes some off-screen bonding, as well: real NYC bar nights, Reeves reading sonnets to the female actresses, and him stripping down to support his fellow thespian during a difficult scene. It all adds to the palpable, emotional ménage à trois chemistry onscreen.
At last nights L.A. premiere and after-party for the film at The Roosevelt Hotel, Reeves said to us, "Sit down, sit down, sit down." We obliged...
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On his reaction to Generation Um...’s twist ending:
When I read it, it had quite an emotional wallop. The film seems like this quest for intimacy, or this quest for knowing. It doesn’t have an exerted emotion—except when John and Violet try to come together—but at the end of the film, it’s surprisingly moving. That’s one reason why I really liked it, the way that Mark [Mann], the writer/director, played with structure. There’s a bit of mystery to it, and then, when you discover what is happening, you feel something.
On his character John’s role in the trio:
He’s a kind of witness; he’s of service.
On why people meet in broken places:
Seeking to share. Seeking for help. Seeking for comfort. Seeking to help someone. Seeking to comfort someone. It makes for good dramas. [But] we also meet in great places too. In celebration, right?
On directing a movie within Generation Um...:
It was my first time [shooting]. When I heard that I was going to be able to shoot [the footage he shoots is actually in the film] instead of a cinematographer, it sounded really interesting and it was something I was really enthusiastic about. If was fun. You get to learn the character. You see what John sees. You see what John's interested in. He was kind of like an archeologist in a way, as he goes into [the girls'] apartment. [He] deals with Violet, who wants to be on a talk show. [He] deals with Mia who's doing whatever she's doing—power, confession, seduction, non-seduction. I love that moment when John sneaks into Mia's room and she’s on the chair. And she’s just like a lion, [projecting] "This isn’t on my terms. F--- off." It’s one of my favorite shots.
On aging (or, conversely, not aging at all):
How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror. Yeah, I’ll say that. Wonder and terror. Mortality is a bitch, but life is great.
On misunderstood gender lines:
[Men] are vulnerable and emotional creatures.
On reality TV and celebrity gossip:
There’s different context. How much time and attention are you paying to it? What is it doing? Is it a kind of entertainment? It can go from there to absolute weirdness. But there's also just wanting to know how the other is. What is someone else's life like? [You can find out by reading] a biography or [watching] a gossip channel. It just depends on what you are looking for. I think there's fantasy involved. Association.
On rumors that there is a Point Break remake in the works:
I think it’s exciting. [On Bill and Ted’s Third Excellent Adventures] They’re writing a script. That’s all I know. They show us stuff every once in awhile.