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Keanu Sees Red Over 'The Watcher'

Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Keanu Reeves probably wishes he had skipped playing street hockey that fateful day. It was the day that director Joe Charbanic approached Reeves and asked him to read a script for a little serial killer flick, offering him a small role as the murderer.

Reeves took the part, thinking it was going to be a little boutique film, but before he knew it, things were mushrooming out of control and "The Watcher" ballooned into a relatively big-budget studio movie. And his little role kept getting bigger and bigger. reports today that Reeves ain't no big fan of "The Watcher," largely because his little cameo morphed into a something altogether bigger. "The script did change," director Charbanic told the Web site. "It got bigger than [Reeves] wanted. He wanted it to be a little boutique film."

The report says that, at one point, Reeves wanted to back out of the movie but his attorneys advised him to honor his contract so to avoid a Kim Basinger-type lawsuit.

A deal was made, under which Universal agreed not to exploit Reeves' good name in the movie's trailer and ads, and Reeves reportedly agreed not to pooh-pooh "The Watcher" in public.

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