There are at least three college courses (Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, University of Oregon, University of California Santa Barbara) out there on the films of Keanu Reeves, and one of the main reasons the instructors give for this is always his range of films and how Keanu has always been there at those turning points of cinema.
There's how Keanu has always seemed to be in films that were at the forefront of something new: the cultural impact of the Bill & Ted films and how they started a whole wave of films featuring not-too-bright duos; how My Own Private Idaho was possibly the first mainstream gay movie; how Speed was the first film to challenge the stereotypical action hero; then The Matrix, which everyon10:53 PM 28/11/2009e knows about.
Only one of his characters – -out of the 50-60 he has played – -wears a black trenchcoat, and that is Neo. The thing Constantine wears wasn't a trenchcoat.
Lenny8: "Keanu would never do latex makeup -- too vain and lazy. He barely has the enthusiasm to remember his lines, do you think he'd sit for 8 hours of makeup each morning? And one thing is for sure, Keanu ain't hiding his face under any makeup. I be he wouldn't ever even have taken that Mel Gibson role where he had the burned face."
Apart from how Keanu is most frequently described by people who know him as the opposite of vain or lazy, Lenny8 needs to watch Freaked. Also, Keanu briefly had a burned face in The Watcher. Meanwhile, Keanu sat for 4 hours of makeup each day for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee to get that tattoo on, which isn't 8 hours, but, well.