Giovanna Grassi (It), February 3, 2017

Keanu Reeves on the Ariston Theater's stage: "I'll try to entertain the audience"

(Translated from Italian by LucaM)

"Why wonder about my participation in Sanremo? I have a history as a bass player and I love any kind of music." And from March 23 he will be in theaters with the sequel to 'John Wick'

by Federico Ferrero

LOS ANGELES: What would the hacker Neo from The Matrix, or Prince Siddhartha in Bertolucci's Little Buddha, or the surfer from Point Break, or Keanu Reeves, do in Sanremo? "I'lll have fun and try to entertain the audience," responds the 52 year-old actor. "Why be surprised that I'm here? Music has always been part of my life; I played bass in two bands, and though I've left behind the possibility of a musical career, notes, assonance, and the harmonies of music accompany every day of my life." Of course, Keanu also finds a way to talk about the new films in which he stars: To the Bone, starring Lily Collins, and John Wick 2, in he which returns to the role of a ruthless assassin. And this time, the scene of his action is Rome. "A city," he says, "to which I gladly return again and again, and where on this occasion, since they are part of the cast, I became friends with some of your actors, Riccardo Scamarcio, Claudia Gerini and others. Life in Los Angeles isolates you because of the great distances of the metropolis; being in Rome, and in general in Italy, makes you friendly and part of a community." The actor, a reserved man, and of many interests, has written a little poetry book; his hobbies include traveling by motorcycle "because I love the contact with nature and I like being caressed by the wind."

Are you bored by the American comedies of today?

"I don’t like to make judgments and I’m attentive to popular phenomena. I think, for example, your Music Festival is a good example of that."

What are your memories about your lawyer Jonathan in Coppola’s "Dracula" or about the drifter who was selling himself in "My Own Private Idaho" by Gus Van Sant?

"Lots of images, moments, meetings. The cinema offers contacts of every kind, and is in my opinion a real medium through which different generations can communicate. "

Will you talk about your musical tastes on the Sanremo stage?

"Not only here, as I’m musically omnivorous and my blood is infected with music because I descend from my father's side, from a family of musicians of the Venetian Republic. But I’m also a well-read man and my beloved writer remains Hemingway, along with that giant who was Dostoevsky. While Bob Dylan the poet continues to occupy the first place in my musical preferences."

If you had to choose a favorite movie which would that be?

"Always and for ever Harold and Maude by Hal Ashby, a real comedy about life and the sentiments of the American cinema. Among my cult films are also The Red Shoes, about the difficulty of combining art and life, and Children of Paradise by Marcel Carné. "

Do you have anything to say to say against the foul-mouthed and over-the-top comedies of today?

"Like I said, I don’t like to make judgments. However, in popular social phenomena there are always social cues; maybe over-the-top, but interesting. Let's say that, personally, I prefer another kind of cinema and I like to be an actor that goes from one genre to another. I prefer the stand-up comedians, from the greats of the past - I think of Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and of course Woody Allen - to the younger and the newcomers which, with smart and authentic humor about the current US situation, are performing in clubs on Sunset Boulevard."

You were directed by great directors, you starred in indies and blockbuster films. Today, who are the [directors] you would like to work with?

"I think especially David Lynch and Paul Verhoeven, whose movie Elle I really liked, a true psychological thriller, an exploration of the female psyche and not only of that."

What do you expect from Ariston Theater?

"It will be fun and challenging at Sanremo, meeting musical talents, witnessing the acclaim and expectations of the public. Life is a great thing and it is good to remember this every day and never let it pass by."


Matrix, The, Little Buddha, Point Break, John Wick: Chapter 2, To The Bone, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Translated from Italian

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