Keanu Reeves: biography
Keanu Reeves is famous Hollywood actor. For many viewers, the movie with Keanu in the lead role became synonymous with non-trivial plot and good acting. Hero Reeves rarely are particularly emotional, so the actor always need a special talent to literally «play eyes» to make the audience feel the way. Fans love Keanu Reeves not only acting skills, clarity in role selection and involvement in the cult franchise.
In contrast with many controversial celebrities, Reeves leads a quiet, peaceful, close to many of his fans, a way of life. Particularly popular photos, where the actor is sitting alone in the Park, celebrating his birthday. Those photos were dubbed «Sad Keanu». The actor himself has nothing against this nickname, once he even told reporters that he believes that he does not have to be happy.
Keanu Charles Reeves was born in Beirut on September 2, 1964. Family future had no relation to the cinema. Father Reeves was a geologist, according to others, the unskilled laborer and a drug addict, and my mother worked in a nightclub costume designer, and sometimes moonlighted as a dancer. Except Keanu parents were three daughters: Karina, Kim and Emma. Keanu’s blood mixed ancestors from Portugal, Ireland, England and China. Father Arnold is originally from Hawaii than to explain what an unusual name he gave his son. From the language of the islanders Keanu means «cool breeze over the mountains».
When Reeves was two years old, the boy’s parents divorced. Three years later, the family, without the father, moved to new York. With his father, the actor never spoke again. Reeves ‘ mother then married Director Paul Aaron, but in 1971, the couple divorced. After that the mother and children moved to Toronto, where passed the childhood of the future actor. It so happened that the home of the Reeves, was opposite the music Studio, which at that period they recorded their album the famous canadian musician Alice Cooper. The rock star became friends with a boy who often came to hear his motives.
Keanu Reeves is not very loved learning, so school years, recalls reluctantly. In the childhood of the small Reeves and his sister Kim was diagnosed disease dyslexia – disorders in reading and speech perception by ear. Over time, the disease of the future of the actor retreated, leaving irreversible consequences – stiffness and aloofness. These complexes Reeves tries to overcome this day. Little Keanu soon learned to play chess, and get it from the guy pretty good. He was able to win the party as adults, which they were forced to give a dollar – these were his terms.
Teen Keanu Reeves dreamed of becoming a hockey player on the ice felt like home. When he played hockey in school, he was given the nickname «the wall», because the guy was a great goalie, and he was recognized as the best player of the school, in spite of pretty average height and options. In those years, in parallel with their studies, Reeves started to work in shop as the seller of Souvenirs.
Within five years he had to change four elementary schools, including the school of acting, with which Reeves has been deleted. Then Keanu came to a Catholic school for boys, but dropped out and there to start to play hockey professionally, enrolling in parallel in the free public school. And this school Reeves is not yet finished, and not receiving matriculation.
Keanu Reeves ‘ acting career began with 15 years. At a local club guy took part in stage plays.
The actor debuted on television in 1979 when she starred in ads for the canadian TV channel. Reeves never wanted to be an actor, and is perceived as a one-time way to earn. But gradually became involved in the profession. Keanu also took part in filming several short films in Toronto. First Studio role Reeves happened in 1986, where he played hockey as a goaltender in the movie «Young blood», after which he received a green card and went to Los Angeles. At the request of the former stepfather agent Reeves was producer Erwin Stoff,. Cooperation has been more than successful and fruitful: Stoff has remained unchanged Manager actor to this day.
At the beginning of the career of Keanu Reeves in the credits was listed as Norman Reeves or Chuck Spider. His Manager believed that the actor’s real name is extremely exotic. Reeves was invited to participate in the movie «Platoon» in a role of the ordinary Chris. But since Reeves has a negative attitude towards violence, he had to abandon the role. For a long time the actor starred in films aimed at a teenage audience, rarely to youth comedies and dramas, such as «river» or «Eternal song.»
Keanu Reeves tried his hand as a musician. Reeves played in the band Dogstar in the style of «folk-punk». The group has released several albums and has organized several concert tours in America, Europe and even reached Japan. Reeves was the author of the music for some compositions, for example, for «Acid Room». Despite the involvement in a punk band, Reeves remained humble and shy guy. His bandmates told me that he hardly spoke at all during performances and just a friendly nod in the hall. If suddenly Keanu had to sing, no one’s ever heard of, as he has moved away from the microphone. Later, Keanu Reeves joined the band Becky.
Since 1990, Reeves began to offer more roles in big-budget films. Already in ‘ 91 Reeves noted in the action movie «point break», then came the film with his participation — «My own private Idaho».
In 1994, Keanu played his first starring role in the film «Speed», after which he was asked to star in its sequel, promising $ 11 million, but the actor refused to shoot, in order to play a major role in a theatrical production of «hamlet». Internationally recognized as the most difficult and coveted theatrical role perfectly given the young actor. Critics admired the way in which multifaceted read the image of the Prince and showed the various shades of feeling desperate rebel.
But blockbuster has introduced Reeves to the list of stars of the first magnitude. In that period he began work in the film «devil’s Advocate» in cooperation with al Pacino. Reeves agreed that his fee will be significantly less than promised, but in order to give producers an opportunity to invite a picture of al Pacino.
Since filmography Keanu Reeves has become saturated with quality work. Reeves showed particularly discriminating, choosing work, not only stayed on blockbusters and starring, Keanu could agree on a cameo appearance, and an experimental film, if you believed that the picture will be qualitative.
Popular Keanu Reeves was in 1999 with the release of the cult film «the Matrix». In the past century, Neo became the most popular character. The film brought the crew of untold wealth, and critics were inclined, the term Neo-realism» in all cases. Even the fact that Keanu, who plays the hacker Neo, there was no computer, absolutely not upset and angered fans.
In 2003, the sister of the actor have exacerbated long-standing disease – leukemia, which she had suffered for 10 years. Keanu Reeves was forced to stop participating in the filming of «the Matrix» and conduct reserved sister the next time. In a few years, the actor participated in the program «Stars against cancer», where he spoke about how his sister has coped with a serious illness. According to his usual modesty, the actor said he donated more than $ 5 million on research programs for cancer and leukemia in particular. Reeves also started a Foundation aimed at combating cancer.
Reeves returned to work and in 2003 he released both sequels of «the Matrix» «Reloaded» and «Revolution». Both pictures have been incredibly successful and continue the line of the iconic original. Critics have favorably adopted a new «Matrix,» although he noted some inconsistencies of plot and excessive desire for Hollywood gloss and a good ending. That is why at some point on the fan sites appeared, in fact, was leaked in the Network close to the production of the film a man, a «real scenario «Matrix». It was explained and fixed plot inconsistencies of the films, the trilogy was a hopeless for humanity of the situation, and the Matrix remained undefeated by creating only the illusion of freedom and struggle.
For participation in «the Matrix» Keanu Reeves was incredible for that time fee, more than $ 100 million. But most of the money focused on the work crew, the actor gave the designers of the costumes and special effects. Keanu explained by the fact that these workers have done for the film no less than himself, and worked on the painting much more.
In 2005, the actor was honoured to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Before the release of the second part of «the Matrix» Keanu Reeves has starred in several films but it was such a resounding success. Among them: «Sweet November», «Hardbal», «Observer». Movies with Keanu is not always a commercial success or critical acclaim. Then Reeves starred in «Constantine», which returned former popularity Keanu.
The UPS and downs
The following work has also sparked critical acclaim and high box office. In 2006-m year, Reeves starred in the dark fantasy «Clouding» and, together with Sandra bullock worked on the movie «the lake House». In 2008 he starred in two films: «the Day the Earth stood still» and «street Kings». In 2009 he starred in «the private lives of Pippa Lee», the show which took place in the framework of the Berlinale.
In 2013, Keanu Reeves decided to try his hand at a new career as a Director. In July 2913, the year saw the premiere of his debut movie «the Master of tai Chi».
In the same year came the American-Japanese painting «47 ronin», where the main role is played by Reeves. The film was an adaptation of an old Japanese legend about the soldiers, who, having lost his master, and avenges him with their lives. The film caused a stir around the plot and the cast of a few reasons. First, in order for Keanu, though, according to rumors, and a quarter Chinese, but still an actor with a completely non-Asian appearance, could play a major role in the plot of a classic translation had to be changed.
These changes were historically inaccurate, therefore, gave rise to issues of representation of nationalities on the big screen. The second feature of the picture has attracted more positive attention. «47 ronin» different dark, legallybuy story in the film, as in the original, there is no happy ending for the protagonists. Such course of events was to some extent a revelation for both fans and critics.
In 2014 came the Thriller «John Wick» with Reeves in the lead role. Keanu played an unremarkable citizen who recently buried his wife and lives with his dog, the last gift of a beloved woman. But when a rich heir of a mafia killing that dog, depriving man of any ties with the past, law-abiding character Reeves reveals his true face, cruel and merciless killer. The film combines dynamic action scenes and deeply emotional dialogue, and a story about a man with nothing to lose.
After the resounding success was followed by a resounding failure. The film, which in the Russian hire left under the name «Daughter of God» is not collected and 50 thousand dollars at the box office. The audience was surprised, as this is clearly a weak pattern belonging to a budding film Director and screenwriter, got Keanu Reeves, whose whole life was distinguished taste and selectivity on the issue of roles. Reeves plays a COP who, during the investigation, faced with the girl who saw a mystical revelation. But the combination of mystery and detective that doesn’t save the film and make it boring and confusing.
In 2016, the year in rolling out the new film starring Reeves ‘ «Neon demon». In apparently banal story – a young girl wants to become a supermodel – the film was a great novelty. To «the Neon demon» the idea of making a Thriller and horror about «the hard life of models and celebrities seemed like a phantasmagoria. «Neon demon» not only set the new tone of the stories about young models, but also got into the competition program of the Cannes film festival. At the same time, there is news about the release of the second part of the story about John Wick. Keanu Reeves has already shown his fans that he trains in martial arts and high-speed shooting. Most likely, «John Wick 2» is a prequel to the already released picture.
Now Reeves is planning to do a movie about anorexia, which will not only be the directorial debut of Marti Noxon, but will belong to the genre of black Comedy. Co-producer of the film will be the sister Karina Reeves. This will be the first joint piece of work brother and sisters.
Other announced project Reeves, the sci – Fi Thriller «Reproduction.» Keanu will play a major role, neurosurgeon, who in all possible ways tries to revive his family. Filming will take place in Puerto Rico.
Despite his age, the actor is still not married, the personal life of Keanu Reeves is full of dramatic events and losses. Greatest love of actor Jennifer Syme – American actress, with whom Reeves had a long affair. With a girl I met Keanu through his sister in 1988, when young people were in love with each other at first sight.
In 1999 Jennifer was loved by the happy news that they’re having a baby. Daughter of Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Syme was supposed to appear on 8 January 2000, but a week before the birth the girl’s heart stopped beating. The child died from that blood clot from the umbilical cord. However, this tragedy in the lives of Reeves is not over. 1 April 2001, Jennifer Syme on the way to the party crashed his jeep. Car girl crashed into parked cars, Syme went through the windshield and died instantly from his injuries.
After suffering shocks Keanu for a long time could not recover and remained single. The memory of the dead bride did not give the actor to have not only a long-term relationship, but short novel. Years later, only in 2007 he began an affair with Holly Meyers-Shaer – the daughter of the famous writers. Journalists began to talk about a future family, but it soon became clear that Keanu’s new girlfriend, Parker Posey, and a little later came another – Trinity Woodall.
In 2010 Keanu Reeves are increasingly began to appear in public with the famous Charlize Theron, which once starred together in the films «Sweet November» and «Devil’s Advocate». The actors are on friendly terms with these long shots, and repeatedly talked about their communication and about what ready to help each other. But at that time the media only talked about the friendly relations of the stars and there was no reason to assume otherwise. Charlize Theron supported the other during the death of his daughter, and then wife. Attempt to see in this affair is just insulting and in relation to Theron, and against Reeves.
In 2010 Keanu and Charlize were spotted having a romantic dinner in an expensive restaurant, and their embrace was nothing like a gesture of old friends. In the leaked rumors that the actors are planning to settle in the UK.
In 2013, the world media started talking about the whirlwind romance of the stars with Russian model Anna Skidanova. Photo Reeves Anna was captured by the paparazzi during a joint holiday on a yacht. The girl doesn’t call their relationship love, rather it is friendship and mutual understanding, but despite its approval, the journalists insist that between them something more.
In 2015 year, Keanu Reeves starred in a weird Thriller, «Who’s there?». The film was ambiguously received by critics, who were unable to understand was the constant feeling of Comedy and children’s games, the brilliant idea of the Director and actors, or is it all just a huge cinematic failure. Anyway, the film is not brought Reeves any professional awards or honors, but was forced to take a closer look at the colleague on the set of the young actress Ana de Armas. Journalists believe that someone who ran a spark, but no evidence of a possible novel does not provide.
Keanu Reeves saves the status of the most dull actor in Hollywood. It is unknown with whom and when it occurs, but also what requirements has the potential beloved.
Simultaneously, Reeves difficult to accuse of withdrawal from society or excessive snobbery. He often travels on the subway, despite the fact that can afford to travel more comfortable. And one of their birthdays Keanu settled in the Park, putting next to a cupcake with a candle, so that anyone recognized the actor could approach him, to congratulate or to talk.
Just for today, with the participation of Keanu Reeves turned nearly 200 films. Some of them were not successful and did not enjoy the recognition of others – have generated new forms and genres in film. A list of iconic films of Keanu Reeves:
- The devil’s advocate
- The observer
- Sweet November
- Constantine: dark Lord
- The lake house
- Dangerous liaisons
- The neon demon
- 47 ronin
- John Wick