Keanu Reeves: Riding motorcycles is his favourite thing
(Translated from Chinese by Anakin McFly)
Mtime's new column! We go face-to-face with Hollywood's biggest stars for a fast-paced question-and-answer session featuring each of these gods and goddesses. Today: Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves became everyone's favourite Hollywood action hero when he played a police officer in Speed, and then the Matrix sci-fi action trilogy successfully cemented his legacy as an actor in the annals of Hollywood. Other than displaying his talent on the big screen, he has also garnered praise for his work on television and the stage, establishing himself across the arts.
In the recently released sequel to John Wick, he plays a legendary assassin called back to the waters of that world in order to help an ex-colleague. This exclusive interview has nothing to do with the movie, and will only take you through a journey to understand the real Keanu Reeves.
Mtime: What first got you excited about acting?
Keanu: As a kid, I really loved the movies. I wanted to make movies and act in them. That's how it began, and so that's what I did.
Mtime: What does acting mean to you?
K: When I first started, I felt it was something fun and interesting to do. Since then it's become my career, my life.
Mtime: Do you have any other artistic talents?
K: I read a lot of books about art, and I often write poetry. Over the past nine years I've also played bass in the rock band Dogstar.
Mtime: Do you have any other hobbies?
Mtime: At what times do you experience self-doubt?
K: When filming a movie, I don't know if the audience will like it.
Mtime: Do you have any regrets?
K: Far too many to talk about.
Mtime: What about mistakes?
K: Even more of those, but I don't want to talk about them.
Mtime: What are you afraid of?
K: No matter what it is, when I'm afraid, I get completely overwhelmed by fear.
Mtime: How do you regard fame?
K: With immense gratitude.
Mtime: What allows you to stay grounded?
K: The ground beneath my feet.
Mtime: What quality do you value most in people?
K: Honesty and integrity.
Mtime: Who do you normally go to for advice?
K: In the past I'd go and look for Laurence Fishburne, but these days as much as possible I try not to disturb him.
Mtime: Who's your favourite fictional character?
K: If I had more than an hour I still wouldn't be able to answer that.
Mtime: What's your favourite literary theme?
Mtime: What's your favourite sport?
K: Playing ice hockey and watching the ice hockey playoffs, though I still slightly prefer the Olympics.
Mtime: What do you like to do in your free time?
K: Have a meal with friends, ride my motorcycle, read, watch movies.
Mtime: What's your favourite holiday destination?
K: I don't go on holidays.
Mtime: Do you have a favourite city?
Mtime: Do you have a favourite food?
Mtime: Have you ever collected anything?
K: I collect typewriters, and I've got a few pieces of modern art in my home. I've got a few Robert Lango works, and I've collected Ed Raska paintings and photographs. I've also collected some beautiful woodwork from John McClark.
Mtime: What's your most cherished possession?
K: I really like my 1973 Norton 850 Commando motorcycle, but to tell the truth, it would be my Arch motorcycle.
Mtime: What achievement are you proudest of?
K: I still have my job.
Mtime: What ideas do you have about perfect happiness?
K: I'd rather not have any ideas.
Mtime: Do you have a personal motto?
Original article in Chinese