Metronews (Fr), September 23, 2015

Keanu Reeves: "Men have always been frightened of female sensuality."

by Mehdi Omaïs

(Translated from French by LucaM, translation edited by Anakin McFly)

Interview: in Eli Roth's thriller, 'Knock Knock', in theaters this Wednesday, Keanu Reeves plays a family man held prisoner by two young girls who are sexy as hell. Present in Deauville to present the film, the Canadian actor confided to Metronews.

You are an actor and producer of Knock Knock. Why is this film so special for you?
I loved the story, the writing and the tone. The mixture of thriller and comedy caught my attention. It was also super fun to play the victim. My character, Evan, thinks he leads a normal life: a wife, children, a nice house, a dog, etc... And yet, it’s not all that rosy. One only has to see how he negotiates a bit of sex with his wife early on in the film ...

While he's home alone for the weekend, he accepts a visit from two young girls with killer figures. Who are they?
There’s nothing suggested about their past. But one suspects a very painful history: incest? rape? We understand that they're imprisoning the man as revenge for something. I find the movie romantic in the sense that they hope Evan will regret having sex with them. When he proves to be unable to say, "I did nothing, I love my wife, I'm a good man...", they punish him hoping he’ll learn a lesson... (laughs) The film is entertaining, provocative and fun. It raises many ethical questions, starting with this: what is a perfect life? It is a cautionary tale, doubling as satire.

What would you do in Evan’s place? Would you have opened the door? Would you have been hospitable?
(smile) I probably would have been more prudent than him. I think I would have opened the door, but I don't know if the girls would have gotten in... I think that men have always been frightened by female sensuality. I like the idea that we can discuss all this after the screening.

In your career, are there doors that you regret having opened?
(long silence) No... On a shoot, sometimes you think that a film will go in this or that direction. Especially in the beginning of an acting career, when one has less control over the text, and the scenes... Let's say I signed on to projects thinking that the final result would be different.

As in Misery or Buried, the movie requires performing in a confined environment. What challenges did this bring?
It's fantastic! Acting through facial expressions gives depth to the performance. The fact that the plot is constrained to one place makes things tight. Each scene has its own personality. It sometimes reminded me of the stage. We also rehearsed like for a stage play.

Last question: your character's punishment is also broadcast on social networks. What's your view on their omnipresence?
(silence) I don’t really have an opinion... I’m not there. It's not my thing. Now everyone has their eyes glued to screens. That's changed the way we communicate with ourselves and with others. In showbiz, many use it to display their personality... I've witnessed discussions where, to produce a project, the number of followers was brought up... I don’t know if it's sad. It's just a trend...

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OUR OPINION: A gently transgressive B movie

Stormy night. In a cozy house, Evan, urban architect, takes advantage of the absence of his wife and children to work. He’s quickly interrupted by the arrival of two young girls who are lost, dripping wet and ferociously sexy. He offers to help them; in response, he is rewarded with a threesome... and punishment for breaking the rules. Slightly mediocre, this semi-transgressive B movie, carried by a Keanu Reeves cast against type, mixes effective moments with Grand Guignol -like twists and turns. Ideal for a non-cerebral Saturday night.



In its original French:

Keanu Reeves: ‘Les hommes out toujours ete effrayes par la sensualite des femmes’

Interview: dans le thriller ‘Knock Knock’ signe Eli Roth, en salles ce mercredi, Keanu Reeves incarne un pere de famille sequestre par deux jeunes filles sexy en diable. Present a Deauville pour presenter le film, le comedien canadien s’est confie a metronews.

Vous êtes acteur et producteur de Knock Knock. Qu’est-ce que ce film a de si spécial pour vous ?
J’ai adoré l’histoire, l’écriture et le ton employé. Le mélange de thriller et de comédie m’a interpellé. C’était par ailleurs super fun de jouer la victime. Mon personnage, Evan, a l’impression d’avoir une vie normale : une épouse, des enfants, une belle maison, un chien etc… Et pourtant, tout n’est pas si rose. Il n’y a qu’à voir comment il négocie une partie de jambes en l’air avec sa femme au début du film…

Alors qu’il est seul chez lui pour le week-end, il accepte la visite de deux jeunes filles aux silhouettes vertigineuses. Qui sont-elles vraiment ?
Rien ne filtre quant à leur passé. Pourtant, on le devine très douloureux : inceste ? viol ? On comprend qu’elles essayent de séquestrer cet homme pour se venger de quelque chose. Je trouve le film romantique dans le sens où elles espèrent qu’Evan regrette d’avoir couché avec elles. Comme il est incapable de dire "Je n’ai rien fait, j’aime ma femme, je suis un homme bien…", elles le punissent en espérant qu’il retienne la leçon… (rires) Le film est divertissant, provoquant et fun. Il soulève de nombreuses questions d’ordre éthique, à commencer par la suivante : qu’est-ce qu’une vie parfaite ? C’est un récit édifiant, doublé d’une satire.

Qu’auriez-vous fait à la place d’Evan ? Auriez-vous ouvert la porte ? Auriez-vous été hospitalier ?
(sourire) J’aurais probablement été plus prudent que lui. Je pense que j’aurais ouvert la porte mais je ne sais pas si les filles seraient entrées. (…) Je crois que les hommes ont toujours été effrayés par la sensualité des femmes. J’aime l’idée que l’on puisse débattre de tout ça après la projection.

Dans votre carrière, y a-t-il des portes que vous avez ouvertes à regret ?
(long silence) Non… Sur un tournage, il arrive qu’on pense qu’un film ira dans telle ou telle direction. Surtout au début d’une carrière d’acteur, lorsqu’on a moins de contrôle sur le texte, le scénario… Disons que je suis allé vers des œuvres en pensant qu’elles aboutiraient autrement.

Comme dans Misery ou Buried, vous jouez sur le sentiment de claustration. Quel défi cela implique ?
C’est formidable ! Jouer avec son visage donne du relief à l’interprétation. Le fait que l’intrigue se situe dans un seul lieu resserre les choses. Chaque pièce a sa propre personnalité. Ça peut faire parfois penser au théâtre. On a d’ailleurs répété comme pour une pièce.

Dernière question : la punition de votre personnage passe également par les réseaux sociaux. Quel regard portez-vous sur leur omniprésence ?
(silence) Je n’ai pas vraiment d’opinion… Je n’y suis pas. Ce n’est pas mon truc. Tout le monde a maintenant les yeux rivés sur les écrans. Cela a changé notre communication avec nous-mêmes et avec les autres. Dans le showbiz, beaucoup affichent leur personnalité… J’ai déjà été témoin de discussions au cours desquelles, pour bâtir un projet, la question du nombre de followers était posée… Je ne sais pas si c’est triste. C’est juste une tendance…


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Comments

GuestKnock Not (2015-09-27 22:43:53)
 Sad to say but I have no desire to see this movie whatsoever. I've seen enough of the trailers to know this isn't it!
Don't get me wrong, I adore Keanu ! I just don't want to see this movie. I feel it's going to be horrible.
Nope I'll pass. Can't wait for John Wick II....yay!
GuestKnock Yes (2015-09-28 03:49:50)
 Happy to say that I can't wait to see this movie, and to see Keanu in a role very different from what he's done so far (Minnesota comes a bit close to this but no cigar). And a dark comedy, no less! Yay !!!
GuestKnock Knock (2015-09-29 23:21:37)
 I can hardly wait to see it! But on pay per view or itunes. If I have all that Keanu torture to handle I need my remote control...
harmonyknock knock (2015-09-30 05:41:32)
 The torture scenes are pretty minimal. It's honestly not that bad. I sat through it without a quiver and I'm normally a chicken
GuestI like this article. (2015-10-03 12:03:36)
 Not that I've read a ton of them, but this one has some depth. It finally explains for me why he wanted to do this movie. What is a perfect life? Has it ever been possible or real?
Guest (2017-12-25 08:29:23)
 The perfect life ? I belive its To find your soul mate and be unapologetically yourself. Where time is measured correctly and you use it to spend it with the people you love.
But then what's the perfect soul mate or how do you measure time for love? Who do choose to spend time with when you only have a limited supply?
Guest (2017-12-25 08:30:44)
 It's attainable you've just got to know when it's right in front of you.

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