In his Reddit AMA, Keanu Reeves was gracious, verbose, and formal. He discussed his new movies 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, which is his directorial debut. He also listed some of his favorite things, which all seemed fitting for the famously morose actor. Read some of the best answers from the AMA here.
A little-known fun fact: "For a long time in Los Angeles when I first moved there, when I was 20 years old, it was such a new world and so I saw some guys at a gas station once who had hockey equipment in their car, and I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were playing street hockey, so I asked them if I could play. So I became involved in a street hockey game that took place every weekend for over 10 years, every weekend, red versus black. We would take holidays off and sometimes summers, but the game was going on for over 10 years. That was cool to be a part of. It was a cool thing to have happen. Made some friends."
On filming 47 Ronin: "You know, shooting 47 Ronin was a great experience. It's a story that is very special and close to the Japanese actors, and I could feel that and respected that during the course of the filmmaking. And it brought another element to the filming, it heightened it even more than it usually is. Which was great."
Props he's kept from his movies: "I think I have a coat from the first Matrix. I have the sword from Hamlet, I kept a lot of working scripts, I have the jersey from The Replacements, I've got Constantine's lighter and watch, I have Bill & Ted's shorts (Ted's shorts), I used to have the leather jacket from My Own Private Idaho but I gave that to a friend. And I think that's it."
His reaction to being asked about his favorite movies: "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Here's some: Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, A Clockwork Orange, Stroszek."
On the memes devoted to him:"My first experience with that was Sad Keanu, and I thought it was funny!"
On the Sad Keanu picture: "I think that a picture can tell a thousand words, and none of them can be right. Or true. I'm absolutely a very happy person."
His favorite books: "Where do I begin? Here are some. As a kid, we can start with the Count of Monte Christo. We could start with the Lord of the Rings. Then we could get into finding as a teenager getting into Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Notes from Underground, The Brothers Karamazov, we could get into Jim Thompson, we could go into some William Gibson, then we could do In Search of Lost Time by Proust. And then just getting into the works of Philip K. Dick and recently I was reading Don Delillo, Cosmopolis, I like Updike's the Rabbit Series."
On stargazing: "I believe the other night we had an eclipse of the moon! Which was cool. In the cities, I wish you could see more of the stars, but I always love when I'm in places where you can see that blanket, that twirling, twinkling. That is one of my favorite things."
On his lifestyle: "You know, I've been very fortunate in my life. Which I am grateful for. And I guess it's just to my tastes to keep life as simple as I can."
On air guitar: "You know, I'm not an air guitar afficionado. But once in a while, the air guitar comes out. Especially when you first hear (especially for me) that chord or that moment in the song when the electric guitar cuts in, or blazes out, once in a while you just got to strum all those strings in the air."
His favorite form of martial arts: "You know, I love all martial arts. I don't practice any particular form or style, but yeah, I don't have a favorite...But it was great during the making of Man of Tai Chi, to spend time with the leading man Tiger, who has studied Tai Chi since he was a kid, and it was great to talk about how we could bring some of the ideas of Tai Chi into the story of Man of Tai Chi, and some of the philosophies."
What he's been listening to: "The music I'm listening to right now? Let's see, I just got the new Nine Inch Nails recording. I really like this other band Metz, just got their first album which was great. And I've been listening to a song that I really like from LCD Soundsystem, and the song is 'Someone Great.'"
On Bill and Ted: "Working on Bill & Ted was certainly an excellent adventure. I love those characters. I love the spirit of the film. I like the eternal goodness of these characters. I always thought of them as beautiful fools. They bring a wonder and naivete to the harsh realities of the world. I found them fun to play, and also working with Alex Winter was a great experience. We shared the same view of these characters and the film, and we had a lot of laughs making those movies. And Alex and I are friends."
Read the rest of Keanu's interview here.
David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis was about as bitter of a career about-face for Robert Pattinson, after years of Twilight movies, as Spring Breakers was for Disney princesses Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Most of that movie was comprised of the former Edward Cullen sulking in the back of a limo motoring through urban sprawl and randomly having sex along the way.
The Twilight fans might have enjoyed the sex but probably not the brooding commentary on postmodern alienation and the decay of consumer culture. There traditionally hadn't been much overlap between the respective fanbases of Stephenie Meyer and Don DeLillo.
Now Cronenberg is staging a Cosmopolis reunion. For his next effort, Maps to the Stars, described as an "indie ghost story" that's also an indictment of celebrity culture — yup, it's being shot in and around Los Angeles — he's cast Pattinson opposite Cosmopolis co-star Sarah Gadon. John Cusack and Julianne Moore will also be on hand for the crazy, creepy, cool sexy times.
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Ever since the first glimpse of Robert Pattinson's post-Twilight film Cosmopolis hit our computer screens, fans have been trying to make sense of the adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel. Complicated business dealings, hand-shooting, and New York City rats? But now that the brand new trailer for the dark drama has been released, fans can finally start to make sense of all the madness — rats and all.
The two-minute clip follows Pattinson's charming, yet troubled character, Eric Packer (a billionaire asset manager), as he cruises around Manhattan in search of a haircut, all while risking his company's fortune on a shaky bet. Naturally, trouble ensues, which puts his seemingly perfect life in jeopardy. Talk about a rough day at the office.
Check out the trailer below for your daily dose of Robert Pattinson ogling. His Twilight days may be about over, but clearly this actor isn't planning on leaving the silver screen for quite some time. No complaints here!
Cosmopolis hits theaters in limited release on August 17.
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I know you Don DeLillo fans out there are obsessively ravenous, so let me satiate your hunger for knowledge: The new film Cosmopolis (which stars this tiny upstart of an actor, you've probably never heard of him: Robert Pattinson) based on the book of the same name has finally received a release date in the United States! And it's not so far away, either — Aug. 17! — so get off your travel booking site of choice and cancel that trip to Canada (where the movie opens this weekend. Damn you, Canada! First poutine, now this? Life isn't very fair).
For those of you in the dark about the flick, it tells the story of Eric Packer, a 28-year-old financier who lives on top of the world in New York City until one day a trip to the barber goes awry. (No seriously, that's what happens.) There's a little more to it than that; a lot of sex, stuff that is a representative of the potential downfall of society and/or history, some psychological shenanigans, and the end of Packer's world as he once knew it, but basically it's a story about a boy who just really wants to get a haircut and then everything bad happens.
The film has an impressive line-up of very good actors to run the show alongside Mr. Pattinson, including Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti — both of whom are very, very talented people — and was directed by ace-in-the-hole David Cronenberg. So get in line soon, because the film opens Aug. 17th. We've included the trailer below, because we love to make you happy. Enjoy!
[Image and trailer via Cosmopolis]
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With the end of the Twilight Saga fast approaching, it looks like Robert Pattinson may be ready to graduate to some grown-up (and, dare we say, better) fare — especially if the trailer for Cosmopolis is any indication.
Granted, the latest video for the David Cronenberg-directed drama doesn't do much in the way of clarifying things from last month's teaser, but this is Cronenberg we're talking about, so seeing the film in its entirety probably won't even help. What we can ascertain from the trailer, however, is that rats are involved (literally and possibly metaphorically) and that Pattinson wants a f---ing haircut!! Oh, and that Cosmopolis looks amazing, regardless of what it's really about.
Speaking of which, the film centers on a 28-year-old multimillionaire asset manager (Pattinson) and his od(d)yssey through Manhattan during a single day. Cosmopolis, which will premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name and costars Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche. Check out the trailer below to simultaneously be engrossed and a little confused!
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Surprise, surprise! Kevin Durand (you’ve seen him before if you don’t recognize the name) is in final talks to play Robert Pattinson’s Chief of Security in Cosmopolis. Still can’t remember Durand? He was Keamy in Lost and the Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He was also in Robin Hood, but you probably didn’t watch that. So once again, Durand will be playing a guy that can and probably will kick your ass. Pattinson, on the other hand, will play some rich dude who bets his entire fortune on the Yen on a particular grueling day. David Cronenberg is writing and directing the flick based on the Don DeLillo book.
Come to think of it, anyone still pissed at Durand/Keamy for what he did to Alex on Lost? Yeah, me too. That jerk!
Some intriguing casting news for those following the development of award-winning director David Cronenberg's upcoming adaptation of Don DeLillo's novella Cosmopolis: In addition to the confirmation of Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Almaric, French actress Juliette Binoche has been cast opposite star Robert Pattinson. Pattinson plays a young billionaire who, in the course of traveling across Manhattan in his limo to get a haircut, loses his fortune, cheats on his wife, and is stalked by two mysterious and threatening figures (one of whom will be played by Giamatti).
While it's not yet clear what part Binoche will be playing, it is possibly the role of the protagonist's wife -- though this would have made more sense with the originally rumored casting of Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard still in place. With 24-year-old Pattinson and 46-year-old Binoche, that pairing seems less likely.
In any case, it's exciting that Cronenberg has managed to shore up his cast with some terrific supporting actors ahead of his planned May shoot. Although Pattinson's acting chops have yet to be confirmed, DeLillo's Cosmopolis has plenty of potential to be an explosive story on film, and Cronenberg is as capable as any director to succeed with the source material. And if Pattinson can prove himself with a director as talented as Cronenberg, Cosmopolis may well be the film that elevates his status in Hollywood from Twilight eye candy to respected actor.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star will replace French beauty Marion Cotillard after the pregnant actress departed the project due to "scheduling conflicts", according to the Playlist.
Knightley will play the wife of Pattinson's character Eric Parker in the big screen adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel, about a multimillionaire asset manager who loses his fortune in 24 hours.
It's the second major cast change for the project - Pattinson stepped in to replace Colin Farrell after the Irish star withdrew to accept the lead role in a Total Recall remake.
Production is scheduled to begin in New York City and Toronto, Canada in May (11).
Well folks, after replacing Colin Farrell with Robert Pattinson earlier this month, the vicious dismembering of a potentially great film is complete. According to The Playlist, Keira Knightley is filling in for Marion Cotillard in David Cronenberg's upcoming film Cosmopolis. Oh, and even more sad news? Paul Giamatti -- who was rumored to play a stalker in the film -- is no longer part of the picture.
Based on Don DeLillo's book of the same name, the film follows billionaire Eric Packer (Pattinson) as he cheats on his wife (Knightley), is pursued by a stalker, gets attacked and slowly loses interest in being rich -- all taking place over a mere 24-hour period.
Don't get me wrong. Knightley is a fine actress and whether people want to admit it or not, Pattinson has a bright future outside of the vampire realm. The film will probably be alright. But seriously, is Knightley on the same level as Cotillard? No. Fucking. Way. Perhaps Cronenberg just wanted the film to skew younger, seeing as how Pattinson and Knightley are both young'uns that are only one year apart in age, but regardless, I can't help but see this as a missed opportunity.
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As much as I hate to admit it, Robert Pattinson is a smart guy. He's effectively leveraging his status as the object of millions of young girls' affections to grab better roles in projects with better filmmakers. After getting to work with accomplished TV director Allen Coulter on Remember Me, he segued into period drama with the forthcoming Water For Elephants, opposite Oscar winner's Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. He's now on tap to star in director David Cronenberg's new film Cosmopolis, another interesting turn for Hollywood's young heartthrob.
Even more interesting is the fact that he's replacing Colin Farrell, an actor with much more credibility and known ability, in the lead role. The fact that he was even considered to fill Farrell's shoes is a vote of confidence from Cronenberg and a possible sign of things to come. In Cosmopolis, Pattinson will play Eric Packer, a wealthy financial wunderkind who risks his entire fortune as he runs the gauntlet in a futuristic Manhattan. His deeds make him the target of an assassination plot in a drama that is said to be a study of capitalism.
Cronenberg adapted Don DeLillo's novel and will produce and direct the film, which is also attracting top-tier talent for its supporting roles. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard and nominee Paul Giamatti are said to be circling roles; the former could play Pattinson's wife. There's no word on when production would start, as Pattinson still has work to be done on the final Twilight films and Cronenberg is editing A Dangerous Method. My only hope is that the filmmaker finds a role for his current muse Viggo Mortensen; he could only add good things to this promising project.