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Keanu Reeves Does NOT Suck, And I Can Prove It

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If I were to tell you about an actor who has worked consistently in major Hollywood movies for over two decades, has often worked with Academy-Award winning writers, actors and directors, and who has a legion of fans that follow him in all his movies, no matter the genre or story, what would your immediate reaction to this person be? Would you think “Wow, this guy must be great. Twenty years of studio movies, he must be talented.” Based solely on the description of the actor written above, with no names attached, would you ever in your right mind assume that the person was bad at his craft; that he sucked? Chances are you wouldn’t. And yet, if after giving you that description, I told you the actor was Keanu Reeves, I bet I know what your reaction would be. “He sucks!”

I just don’t get it. In every interview he gives, he comes across as an insightful, cerebral, well-rounded person who doesn’t mire himself in the vagaries of stardom and never asks for more than he needs. His co-stars glow about him, and quality directors line up to put him in their movies. And yet, for some inexplicable reason, he is plagued by this notion that he is dumb. And that he is untalented. And I just don’t get it.

How can he suck if he’s still making big movies twenty years into his career? The majority of his early peers are gone and forgotten; actors like Christian Slater, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, et al, and yet here he is coming out with a huge new movie this Friday (The Lake House). He has survived critical drubbings more severe than he deserves. He has been heckled and flamed and deplored because he has good looks, but a vacant affectation. He is perceived as a flat actor, devoid of charisma, empty of emotional depth. And yet, he’s still here making big movies. So you explain it to me.

I have been a fan of Keanu since his Bill & Ted days. I have defended my love for the man who would be Neo to every one of my friends and family. I have gotten into screaming matches with people I barely know, just because I heard them bash the man. And I have never lost an argument about him, because no one can prove that he isn’t a gifted, talented performer. They lose, because I can prove that he is.

But my arguing stops now. Once and for all, I am going to prove to the world that Keanu Reeves does NOT suck. And I will prove it to you in 40 point list format. I promise when you finish reading this piece, you will respect, admire, and appreciate the talent that is Keanu Reeves.

Let the proving begin…

1. If you weren’t impressed by Keanu’s mean, Southern Redneck in The Gift, or at least agree he was impressively intense, well then, we have nothing to talk about. Just click the “X” and leave this site immediately.

2. Contrary to popular belief, he has never won a Razzie Award, which is more than I can say for Halle Berry, Charlton Heston, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Faye Dunaway, Woody Harrelson, and Madonna.

3. Without being asked, he gave $38 Million dollars to The Wachowski Brothers so they could properly finish the Matrix sequels. $38 Million! Let’s see Tom Cruise drop that much for one of his clunkers.

4. He has worked with the following critically acclaimed directors: Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Taylor Hackford, Lawrence Kasdan, Stephen Frears, and Richard Linklater.

5. “Whoa.”

6. Keanu’s name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian, which is pretty cool. Compare it to Jean Claude Van Damme, which is loosely translated in German as “giant douchebag.”

7. The night before he was to shoot his kissing-heavy love scene for A Walk in the Clouds, Keanu took a hockey puck to his mouth, which required six stitches. He still showed up the next day for work and shot the scene over the course of six hours. Let’s see a pussyboy like Orlando Bloom do that! Keanu is hardcore.

8. Showing extreme foresight and good judgment (which is more than I can say for Sandra Bullock), passed on an easy $10 million payday to star in Speed 2, because he didn’t think the script was any good. And he was right. Tell me again why people think he’s stupid?

9. Deferred part of his salary on The Replacements (2000) so Gene Hackman could be cast. Obviously, the man knows what makes a movie great. And that would be the Hack Man.

10. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They don’t just give those out, you know.

11. A personal quote: "I'm a meathead, man. You've got smart people, and you've got dumb people. I just happen to be dumb." At least the man is brave enough to admit who he is.

12. He is not nearly as stiff, wooden, or stupid as Paul Walker.

13. Has starred in six $100 Million grossing movies. That is more than the following actors many claim are “better” than Keanu: Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Richard Gere, Hugh Grant, Ethan Hawke, Val Kilmer, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix, Tim Robbins, Kevin Spacey, Vince Vaughn, Dennis Quaid, and Al freakin’ Pacino!

14. Almost never shows up in tabloids, an extremely welcome quality considering the glut of media whores we have today (ahem, TomKat!).

15. Yeah, it gave people the impression he’s an idiot, and no, it’s not Shakespeare, but c’mon, who doesn’t love Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure?

16. “I am an F-B-I Agent!” That line rules.

17. Decided to leave his band “Dogstar” so the rest of the group would not be held back by his celebrity or by his busy schedule. Which is more than I can say for a few other jackass actors/wannabe rockers (ahem, Russell Crowe).

18. Managed to keep a straight face all the way through the abysmally crappy Sweet November. That takes talent, people.

19. Has worked with the following Academy Award winning actors: Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz, Charlize Theron, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Anthony Quinn, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, and that guy who played Bill in Bill & Ted’s. I’m pretty sure he’s won a couple Oscars by now.

20. Is “The One.” Warrants mentioning.

21. Knows his acting limitations and, in doing so, does not try to overextend himself in roles he couldn’t do. This means not only are his movies better, but so is every movie he turns down. He’s making movies he’s NOT in better – someone give it up for this man.

22. Does not own a computer. So you know what that means: he's not a MySpace whore.

23. In his review for Speed, Roger Ebert had this to say about Keanu: “Keanu Reeves has never had a role like this before. In fact, in his previous film, he played the mystical Prince Siddhartha, and generally he tends toward dreamy, sensitive characters. That's why it's sort of amazing to see him so cool and focused here, a completely convincing action hero who is as centered and resourceful as a Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford in similar situations.”

24. Has made movies in every single genre.

25. He played Buddha. No, I’m serious, “the” Buddha. Between playing the freaking Buddha and playing a stoner in Bill & Ted’s, why do people think he has no range?

26. Back in the '80s, he taught stoners of the world something about history (and brought Napoleon to Waterlube). Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't add that he's totally non, non non, non non, non, non-heinous.

27. And despite being viewed as a “stoner,” has never been pigeonholed on screen. In his various film roles, he has played an FBI agent, a cop, a serial killer, a lawyer, a doctor, a dentist, the One, a Quarterback, a musician, an ad exec, a nuclear physicist (hello!), a redneck, a soldier, the freakin’ Buddha, a gay hustler, and a Dog Boy.

28. He knows kung fu. So, you know, don’t screw with him.

29. When Keanu decides to do a sequel: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. When Keanu decides not to do a sequel: Speed 2: Cruise Control. Can this guy pick winners, or what?

30. Is none of the following: a Scientologist (Tom Cruise), a john (Hugh Grant), a drug addict (Robert Downey Jr.), a cheat (Jude Law), a phone-thrower (Russell Crowe), hard to work with (Val Kilmer) or a mean bastard (Sean Penn).

31. Beside his obvious acting talents, Keanu also surfs, rides motorcycles, was a good enough hockey goalie to earn the nickname “The Wall,” performs Shakespeare, reads philosophy, plays guitar in a slew of rock bands, ballroom dances, horseback rides, and “knows” kung fu. Is there anything he can’t do?

32. His name is actually pronounced “kay-ah-nu,” not “key-ah-nu”, and yet he never makes a fuss out of it (ahem, DEMI!).

33. Has romanced on-screen: Charlize Theron (twice), Sandra Bullock (twice), Monica Bellucci(twice), Rachel Weisz (twice), Carrie-Anne Moss (thrice), Diane Lane, Connie Nielson, Dina Meyer, and Uma Thurman. This does not necessarily disprove his specific level of suckage, but it does prove that hot actresses want to bang him on-screen, which is an important quality in today’s movie stars. For example, nobody wants to nail Adam Sandler, and he’s not nearly as good an actor as Keanu, even if you count Punch-Drunk Love twice.

34. Was in the Pilot episode of the awesome short-lived Jay Mohr show, Action. And since that show ruled all, he in turn, receives a percentage of the ruling. Let’s say 17%.

35. To his everlasting credit, never made a cameo appearance on Will & Grace, which makes him only one of five movie stars in the world never to have done so.

36. Was the host for a documentary show called Children Remember the Holocaust. He supports the faith, I support him.

37. Has a college class based around his movies. “The Films of Keanu Reeves” at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Name another supposedly “sucky” actor who has a college class named after him? That’s right, you can’t, because Keanu’s the only one. Because he kicks ass AND educates the youth of tomorrow.

38. Turned down the Val Kilmer role in Heat to do a production of Hamlet in Canada. If I haven’t said it before, let me say it now, the man is devoted to his craft. He works on it, he tries new things. He keeps working. Even if you think he’s not getting better, at least he’s trying. How many movie stars keep pushing themselves after they hit it big? How many just coast along on generic roles and unspectacular performances? Keanu pushes himself. Fuck all to his limitations, he pushes himself and I respect him for it.

39. British theater critic Roger Lewis of the Sunday Times in London (who knows something about Shakespeare – after all, he is British) had this to say about Keanu’s Winnipeg-based performance of The Prince of Denmark in Hamlet: "He quite embodied the innocence, the splendid fury, the animal grace of the leaps and bounds, the emotional violence, that form the Prince of Denmark. He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he ‘is’ Hamlet."

40. Brought unto the world the phrase “Bogus, dude,” for which we are all eternally grateful.

Now tell me, after reading this piece, do you still think he sucks?

I didn’t think so.

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  • http://www.snarkattack.info/ Snarkattack

    You so have me at points #7 and #12. Oh, and #38. Got to love it when it’s all about the craft of one’s profession, not the glam.

    But why oh why that performance in Coppola’s ‘Dracula’? I do like the film despite being a lit student devoid of any imagination and thus always canning film adapatations of books, but Keanu’s performance in it makes me cringe, despite my best efforts not to.

    Perhaps he’s an actor that everyone loves to hate, or heap crap on? By contrast, I’ve never heard anyone ‘diss’ him in either of the Bill & Ted films. That would be sacrilege, not to mention…bogus.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    I have always given him all the credit in the world for putting himself out there in all sorts of genres, but I still think of him more as a performer than an actor, as all of his roles seem to riff off of one character.f Kind of like Ted after being sent to military school…..

  • GeorgeAClark

    I’ve always liked Keanu, and didn’t know about the hockey puck story. Interesting stuff. Kissing Sandra Bullock with stitches must have been murder. WitC is one of my favorites.

    But Orlando Bloom a “pussy boy”? You might be interested to read that he’s a pretty tough guy under those eyelashes and dimples. He took a nasty fall off a horse while filming LotR (he did a lot of his own horse work and other stunts), having another rider land on top of him in heavy gear, which broke his rib. He was on set the next day fiming scenes where he had to run over rough terrain for hours. I think I’d rather kiss someone with stitches. The fact that Bloom survived a three-story fall when he was 21 and recovered from a broken back (among a host of other injuries throught his life including broken legs and three skull fractures) and has gone on to be as athletic and daring as he is pretty much shoots your “pussy boy” theory about him out of the water.

  • http://www.culturesalad.blogspot.com Ray Ellis

    minor point on #6–Jean-Claude is Belgian, not German.

  • NANCY B

    TOTALLY AGREE DUDE!

  • http://avalon_landing.blogspot.com Cass

    You forgot his classic Jonathan Harker in “Dracula” and also his turn as “Constantine.” He’s always coming up with surprising roles. My personal favorite was his minor character in “Parenthood,” another role where he played a “dumb guy with a heart of gold.”

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    I respect the man, both for his business acumen and his knowledge of his own limited range. Most of the time, he’ll pick roles that fall within the kinds of things he can do without too much trouble. And when he does try to challenge himself (i.e. The Devil’s Advocate, The Gift), it’s at least fascinating to watch.

    That doesn’t make him a good actor, of course, but it makes him a fairly smart one. Which is more than we can say for Paul Walker, Freddie Prinze Jr., etc.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    I’ve always been in love with Keanu. He’s been underrated and often overlooked and that’s okay because he hasn’t been a real victim of the blood thirsty paparazzi, etc. Who needs bubble butt Cruise? Who even thinks Paul Walker can act? Imagine Keanu as Lestat vs. Cruise’s poor, schlocky, tacky performance. Keanu in Silasian means raw sex on a stick.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    I am fine with Keanu, dude, but…

    “the man who would be Neo” already was Neo, unless you know of a fourth sequel. {shiver} Speaking of which, he picked the two Matrix ones. That’s a negative.

    “Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They don’t just give those out, you know.”

    Yes, they do. In order for a person to get a star on the Walk of Fame, he or she must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years of selection, and a $15,000 fee must be paid to the Trust for costs such as security at the star ceremony.

    Ryan Seacrest and The Oleson twins have stars. Woody Allen and Stankey Kubrick do not. case closed.

    “Name another supposedly “sucky” actor that has a college class named after him?”

    The poetry of Tupac.

  • http://www.booklinker.blogspot.com Deano

    I still recall watching “Much Ado About Nothing..” when Keanu uttered the phrase: “I am a man of few words…” in his breathless, surfer-boy style. The entire audience then cheered …ironically I hope.

  • http://www.salonely.blogspot.com reggie von woic

    Contrary to popular belief, has never won a Razzie Award

    Yeah, he’s only been nominated six times!!!!! LOL

    He’s never received and Oscar, Golden Globe or a Bafta nom ever, but he’s still a good actor. I love him anyway :-)

  • http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mmajorto.html Major Tom

    Being the former boyfriend of David Geffen, the producer power house of showbiz certainly helped the native Hawaiian whose face seems dead since the Matrix triologies. The answer to that: bottox.
    He can not put his forehead into wrinkles, one of the trademarks of stars like James Dean for example.
    To even call that dude an actor is really an insult to the ones who have proven to the world that they can act.
    And what were the producers thinking about putting him together with Sandra Bullock. That movie looks like Will & Grace on screen without the laughter in the background.
    I just wish his best co-star ever was alive. We still miss River Phoenix. But Keanu really sucks.

  • maitri

    10. Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They don’t just give those out, you know.

    Actually, they do. All you have to do is just have your fan club raise enough money to buy it.

  • http://dashblankdash.blogspot.com/ DBD

    somehow, somewhere, at some point, I came to this way of thinking, too…. Glad to see someone break it down so scientifically!

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    El Bicho: “Stankey Kubrick”

    Tee hee.

  • http://www.TheJay.com The Jay

    Ray Ellis: I know he’s Belgian. But it’s funnier with German.

    To all that pointed out that you CAN buy a star on the Walk of Fame…. I KNOW! I was being ironical. Try not to take all of this too literally. I am after all, just writing about Keanu Reeves.

  • Vern Halen

    Nothing to add, really, but just by coincidence, within this last hour I just finished watching Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!

  • Finding Neo

    I have #41 for you – how many actors cry CONVINCINGLY on screen? Keanu just did it in the Lake House. Now there’s a MAN for you! Let’s see Tom Cruise do that – maybe he could if they knocked all his teeth out. But then the rest of us would be laughing and not crying along with him.

    Thank you for this article. Most of us, if we SUCK at our jobs, get FIRED! But almost every year there’s a new Keanu flick. He’s had 2 each of the last few years, except for 2004, but that’s because he was filming Constantine, then A Scanner Darkly. I’d say producers and directors know a lot more about what makes real acting talent than the general public, so Keanu must be worth keeping on the payrolls.

  • Eline

    Thank you for your article :-). I totally agree with you. I’m a big fan of Keanu Reeves. And I have some friends that like him very much too. Here in Brazil (I live in Rio) he has a lot of fans but there are some people that don’t like him. And your article is perfect to say that Keanu is a great, gentle, humble and nice man. And YES, he is a good actor.

    PS: The Lake House is opening in Brazil in August. I’m looking foward for this movie :).

  • Melissa

    Let’s just say… you don’t want to anger Orlando Bloom Fangirls. I would like to personally defend Orlando as being a non-pussy boy. I think the man has broken just about every bone in his body… and has bounced back from a broken spine with temporary parapelegic consequences. He, as some one mentioned before, fell from a horse breaking a rib, and was back to film the next day. I am an x-ray tech…and let me tell you.. most people that come in with bruised or broken ribs can barely breathe let alone run across rocky terrain for hours.

    Next time you want to call someone a pussy-boy… I suggest you pick on someone else…(and preferably less handsome, not to mention down to earth nice). Leave Orlando…AND his eyelashes out of your love for WOOOAAHH….

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    I would like to personally defend Orlando as being a non-pussy boy

    There are so many directions I could go with this statement. But, for the sake of light hearted good humer, let’s just say that Orlando is a man’s man as well as a woman’s man.

  • Baronius

    You talk about his range, but there definitely is a standard Keanu character: the supernatural/scifi “key to the future”. Johnny Mnemonic, The Devil’s Advocate, The Matrix (x3), and Constantine all had fairly similar lead characters, awestruck at the convergence of spiritual forces. (Two of those movies were excellent though, so you’ve got to give him some credit.)

  • Brenda

    A handful more things to add to your list:

    *Bought each stuntperson on the Matrix movies a motorcycle as a thank you.

    *Returned $1 million back to the production for (part of) Al Pacino’s salary in “The Devil’s Advocate” and another $1 million for (part of) Charlize Theron’s salary in “Sweet November.”

    *Spent much of the ’80’s, when not working, sitting by a hospital bed with his sister Kim (a leukemia patient).

    *Gives VERY liberally to charities.

    *Provided the introduction to the film “All About Karma” and the narration (with Alanis Morissette) for the documentary “The Great Warming” (about global warming & other environmental issues).

    *Has worked for scale (after making it big) several times in order to be in a movie he felt was worthy/interesting (“Thumbsucker,” “The Last Time I Committed Suicide,” at least)

    *From the Beacon Journal, 3-15-06:

    “Life Imitates Art

    Keanu Reeves is a hero off-screen as well as on, reports The Week.

    At a California supermarket recently, he saw two teens pointing at a female cashier’s name tag and sneering, ‘Ukee. What kinda name is Ukee?’

    Reeves told the toughs to show the woman ‘some respect.’

    They whirled around and gaped. ‘Hey, it’s the Matrix guy!’ one said.

    ‘That’s right,’ Reeves replied in his best Neo voice. ‘And if you guys don’t beat it, you’ll be dealing with me.’

    They fled, says the mag.”

  • Baronius

    One other point: over a 20-year career, you’re bound to work with a good number of top names. I was just checking John Goodman on IMDb. I don’t think anyone would call him a great actor, but he’s been in the business for 20 years too. He’s worked with: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Denzel Washington, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Spacey, all of whom are Oscar winners. There are probably others, and I didn’t check directors.

    Yes, Keanu has worked with Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock, and Rachel Weisz more than once. That doesn’t make him smart or a good actor. He’s smart enough to say, “I want to roll around on a bed with Charlize Theron some more”, but what guy isn’t?

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    On comment #24: John Goodman may not be a Great Actor, but he’s a hell of a character actor. Anyone who wishes to dispute that, I kindly direct you to watch Barton Fink and thus eat your words.

  • Jackie

    It hard to understand why people do not get Keanu Reeves. He simply is!!! I was a gonner when I saw him in Little Buddah and Private Idaho. You have to draw real deep for those two roles. Almost as deep as Edward Norton in American History X. When a performance leaves you with goose bumps or the willies, the ACTOR has done his job!!! Please no to a sequel of Constantine, although it sounds as though he really wants to. He’s the only actor who can say to his fellow craftsmen, whoo dude, what were ya thinking when you took that role. Notice how Sandra Bullock is ticked off in interviews when Speed 2 comes up? Just as she stated, He Has Really Good People Surrounding Him. Simply He Is! The man has yet to choose a BAD PROJECT!! Fan for life!!!!

  • Eric

    I totally agree with you that Keanu is a great actor. I have seen almost all of his movies and I have never been disappointed with his craft.

    One minor point (again) about Jean Claude van Damme. As said in comment #4 he is Belgian not German. Why is it funnier in German? I speak Dutch, Flemish and German and I can tell you the name does not mean anything in any of these languages.

  • Von Zipper

    “Why is it funnier in German?”
    Anything German is funny–it’s immediately associated with that wonderfully jovial sense of Teutonic humor we’ve all come to know and love and only follow orders from.

  • Joey

    Now Abe Vigoda was a GREAT character actor. Goodman is a puffa-lump.

  • smr

    keanu is so awesome. every movie he does he plays the part well. i literally hated the serial killer part he performed, which means he did a great job. it was breath taking to see the other side of his acting. constantine and the lake house are my favorites. he literally put some life into the scripts. shame on anyone for dissing this beautiful man. you could only be so lucky to step where he steps. tom cruise could not hold a candle to this man in looks or in acting a part. keanu you are a beautiful person, inside and out, it can be seen in your eyes. i place you right there with al pacino and paul newman. and that is a very high place to be.

  • Eline

    I forgot to say that I’m a fan of Orlando Bloom too. And I’m going to agree with some people here, Orlando is not a pussyboy.
    Orlando is also a very nice man and a good actor. So, I like Orlando and Keanu Reeves. Actors from different generations, but both are men down on earth.

    PS: Sorry about my English; is not so good.

  • Julie

    Has anyone else read or heard that back in early 2005, around the time Keanu was promoting Constantine, some crazed male fan was stalking Keanu? He hung around Keanu’s Hollywood Hills home while it was being remodeled in hopes of seeing Keanu and he followed Keanu to different movie premieres. He tried to get into contact with Keanu numerous times and even found out Keanu’s cell phone number so Keanu had to change it. This was in the news and I saw it on The Insider. Apparently Keanu tried to keep the news private but it got leaked out. And as usual the police said nothing could be done unless the guy came into contact with Keanu. But the police finally did something about it when the guy was found trying to break into Keanu’s house. The police researched into the guy’s background and he had a prior conviction for theft. The police later found a shrine of Keanu’s pictures along with handcuffs, weapons and gay pornography at the man’s apartment, appearantly he had sick plans for Keanu. God, I’m glad he never got the chance to carry out those plans. Keanu has been through so much in his life and he coertainly doesn’t need some sicko trying to hurt him. Thank God he’s okay. Sandra Bullock too, had a stalker after her and she recently pleaded with the courts to extend the restraining order against him. Man, there are some sick people out there!

  • http://www.TheJay.com The Jay

    How could you possibly think John Goodman is a bad actor? He was Walter in The Big Lebowski!

    Shomer Shabbis!

  • Silver Orchid

    I do think Keanu Reeves is a brilliant actor, and you are right – not many actors can convincingly cry on-screen. However, he isn’t alone in this skill.
    Johnny Depp was very convincing in “Benny and Joon” and “The man who cried”. He also gave a great performance in “The Brave”.

  • Chelsea

    Who cares about Johnny Depp’s crying in movies or any other actor for that matter. This article is about Keanu and I say he’s a good actor with great movies and astounding popularity. He’s made his mark and he’s an icon. People either love him or hate him. So what? He’s still going to be laughing all the way to the bank while his critics pop veins in their foreheads trying to convince people he’s a lousy actor so what’s the point?

  • Pinoytifosi

    24. Has made movies in every single genre.

    He’s never been in a musical. I love the man but God forbid he’s ever in one.

  • Brenda

    He has made a musical: “Babes in Toyland,” complete with singing.

  • wtf are you guys snorting?

    Yeah, he seems like a nice guy. But c’mon. His acting is god awful. There’s nothing to prove the opposite. Every role he has ever done makes me cringe to watch him try so hard and fail.

    I wish him all the best, but he sure does suck on the screen.

  • MaggieKay

    I feel like standing up and applauding. It’s about time someone recognized the talent and uniqueness of Keanu Reeves. He has looks, brains, talent, an eye for scripts, and he’s a nice guy.

    No wonder they all hate him!

    And to “Major Tom”: you need to check your facts, dear. Keanu was NEVER David Geffen’s boyfriend, fiance or anything else, and unless you have info that no one else does, Keanu is not vain enough to get Botox injections. Keanu is NOT a “Native Hawaiian”. He’s Canadian.

  • mojito

    I truly like Keanu and his way of acting, it is unique and instantly recognizable. My true appreciation and love goes to You – Keanu, looking forward many movies w/ You starring.
    Thank You!

  • Kathy

    Keanu is so pretty I just want to lick him from head to toe.

  • rina

    I wish people wouldn’t say bad things about keanu. He just doing his job the best way he can. Personaly i will always think that he is a great actor,no matter whot people say,it doesn’t change how i feel about Mr.Keanu Reeves. got that? good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lorraine

    I think whatever you do in this world there are always people out there who will try and make life difficult. For a celebrity, it must be hard because they just can’t have the privacy that everyone in this world so rightly deserves. They will get nice comments made about them and bad comments made about them, but as keanu quoted “The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way” and these people that spread bad gossip should pay more attention to their own lives. keanu has made some good films and I think it’s important for him to be remembered for the great entertainment he has provided over the years. I don’t know the guy, but he seems a respectful person and respect goes a long way in this world. Usually, when people pass judgement and try to bring people down, it’s because of Jealousy!!! so chill out and let people be.

  • http://livefortheatre.blogspot.com/ Fabala

    Just because I like a good argument and I know what good acting is:

    1. I’ve never seen The Gift, so I have nothing to say for that.
    2. Okay
    3. Giving money to finish a movie makes you a nice guy, not a good actor… This fact is irrelevant.
    4. Good for him… Irrelevant.
    5. Again this is irrelevant.
    6. Your name doesn’t make you a good actor… Irrelevant.
    7. So he’s committed and can endure pain. Admirable in a person, but doesn’t mean you’re a talented actor… Irrelevant.
    8. Good taste doesn’t make you a good actor… Irrelevant.
    9. Again, good taste doesn’t make you a good actor… Irrelevant.
    10. No, they don’t.
    11. So he admits he is dumb. Big deal… Irrelevant.
    12. Just because there are actors who are worse than he is doesn’t make him good… Irrelevant.
    13. You’ll also notice that in most of those films he was the same character.
    14. Good for him… Irrelevant.
    15. I never saw it.
    16. Your opinion on a line doesn’t make him a good actor… Irrelevant.
    17. What you do behind the camera does not make you a good actor… Irrelevant.
    18. I’ve managed to keep a straight face through all of your supposed facts that consider him to be a good actor. That takes talent too. Keeping a straight face means you are good with self discipline, which is needed for acting, but it doesn’t make you good at it… Irrelevant.
    19. What a lucky guy… Irrelevant.
    20. Big deal, one of the character’s he’s been. There is a big difference between who you play and who you are… Irrelevant.
    21. Actually, a good actor challenges himself. He works as hard as possible to become something he isn’t. The fact that he is not willing to try to become better does not make him talented.
    22. What does this have to do with his acting?… Irrelevant.
    23. It’s someone’s opinion not a concrete fact. I have my own opinion as well. Just because he’s famous for critiquing doesn’t mean his opinion is any more important thant mine is… Irrelevant.
    24. Big deal… Irrelevant.
    25. The character’s you’ve been don’t make you good, it’s how convincing you are at being them. I haven’t seen him as Buddha and I already said I haven’t seen the Bill & Tedd movie, so I can’t comment on that, but what I first said still goes… Irrelevant.
    26. So?… Irrelevant.
    27. I haven’t seen him as every single one of these, but I have seen some, and from what I saw he was the same in all of them. I’m not impressed.
    28. So you’re saying that my brother’s karate teacher is a good actor because you don’t want to “screw” with him? NO!… Irrelevant.
    29. Once again, good taste does NOT make you a good actor… Irrelevant.
    30. And I bet he’d be the same a playing them too… Irrelevant.
    31. I don’t see any obvious acting talent… And again, what you do behind the camera does not make you a talented actor… Irrelevant.
    32. What does this have to do with talent?… Irrelevant.
    33. You’re right, it doesn’t. But yes, he is good-looking… Irrelevant.
    34. That’s your opinion, not fact… Irrelevant.
    35. You’re point?… Irrelevant.
    36. Having a good moral character does not make you talented… Irrelevant.
    37. I’ll have to look more into that.
    38. “21. Knows his acting limitations and, in doing so, does not try to overextend himself in roles he couldn’t do. This means not only are his movies better, but so is every movie he turns down. He’s making movies he’s NOT in better – someone give it up for this man.” <– Tries new things, eh? And actually they are others that do push themselves. Keanu DOES coast along on generic roles or on one’s that he has already done! And I hope you realize you have contradicted yourself… And you can be devoted to something and still not be good at it, of course you will get better with time, but we are talking about the here and now, so… Irrelevant.
    39. Again, someone’s opinion is not fact… Irrelevant.
    40. Not all, and this doesn’t make him talented… Irrelevant.

    I’m going to be honest with you, this didn’t change my view on him at all. He may be a good person yes, but he still “sucks” at acting. I have studied acting and I know a good actor when I see one. The fact that he has done well in a role or two does not mean he is a good actor. If I had to say at least one thing you have done to change my mind about something, it would be the fact that you have made me dislike typing the word “irrelevant,” since that is what the majority of your points were. You didn’t really put on a good argument, though I do appreciate the fact that you did try.

  • Helen

    Thank-you for proving this! I enjoyed reading this as it really does prove that lovely Reeves is far from ‘sucky’ I love him and his work. So thanks. You did a great job and anyone who disagrees should feck off. So thankyou!

  • alsakai

    Absolutely agree on almost every point you mentioned. Have been a major Keanu Fan before and will be a more determined Keanu-Fan by your article which was absolutely wonderful written. Loved the humour in your words. Let’s summerize: Keanu is a great actor and a wonderful human being.

  • http://sshogben sshogben

    Absolutely delicious, The Jay! All points very well said and long overdue.

    I do suggest adding a #28-A, however: “He’s a goalie. He wields the big stick and wears ALL the pads. So, you know, don’t screw with him.”

    Much fun. Thanks.

  • http://www.moviedownloadmatrix.com DeWayne(FilmFreak)

    I am a strong Keanu Reeves supporter and
    he has been wise about his choice for movie roles!
    One powerful point this blog makes, is that Keanu Reeves is still around! He has been passing the Hollywood test of time! The harder the critics bash him, the stronger he will get! Keanu Reeves can laugh all the way to the bank and he has a tremendous fan base. The matrix had such an impact on me, that I designed my own website around the concept. I have one last thing to say, “Excellent!” As Reeves would say, “You either dig me, or you don’t”

    DeWayne(FilmFreak)

    -Check out my neon green site and my reference to Keanu Reeves at the bottom of my site… Cheers!

  • Fatimah Dossary

    oh dear!

    will keanu reeves.. HE IS a good performaig

    i love his life style full of mystreous

    and his role choose.. ya he is talent. althoug

    smart!

    ya we all remmber him in (dude) which it

    was the most funniest childresh movie

    for us 80’s genration we ejoy this movie alot

    in the malinume.. matrix did that

    bzar and give us a new pic obout the future

    without including the allianes :)

    1st i would like to thanx the writer 4 this

    article. and it was really good point

    am from saudi arabia.. and keanu reeves

    has more fans than brad pit or tom curise

    in my openion .. thats make him

    a real super star

    but infurtunatley the academy aware

    didn’t be fear with him by never give him

    a ward :(

    i hope this year

    is the year

    of keanu reeves

    best wishes

  • Luxie

    I found this article pretty late but couldnt resist commenting.

    Keanu is a fabulous actor. I think he is considered boring because he becomes ‘invisible’ in the roles he plays. He is totally convincing as a superhero, a quarterback, a serial killer (quite chilling actually), a wifebeating redneck (VERY chilling lol)and a demon hunter. When you watch him in a film, he doesnt make a huge impact on screen – which means he is GOOD at his job. He becomes part of a story which then gets told very well (by the fabulous directors he works with) AND he allows his co-stars to shine too.

    If you watch a Tom Cruise vehicle, then the whole film is about showcasing him and making him look good (he’s a good actor too). When I watch one of Tom’s films, I am aware that Tom is playing a role – albeit very well – but its too obvious for me.

    Come on now, it must be taking a huge stretch of the imagination to take Keanu’s popularity amongst fans, actors and directors alike and make that something negative? In my opinion, anyone who writes Keanu off as a bad actor isnt really a film fan – you are just buying into the notion of celebrity and how they are expected to be larger than life. A humble guy honing his craft isnt exciting enough for you guys I guess?

    Its a simple equation – if the guy who played Ted so well that people think thats how he is in real life can then turn around and also play Neo convincingly – how could he possibly not be a good actor?

  • Wanda

    I have to agree. He’s rarely given enough credit for his abilities. If anyone has any doubts just watch an early film of his, ‘Permanent Record’. It’s a bit of a teen flick but worth sitting through.

  • http://www.friendster.com/tidin Ary Dean

    Please don’t argue, everybody have their own talents and weaknesses. You cannot argue on it, we ourselves have it both. It’s not wise to argue about it. After all, Keanu did sacrifice lot of things to get to the top and learn from his hardship, how about us? I am not trying to be in either any of your side. Read a lot about Keanu Reeves so this is my views. There’s always price to pay to gain any success. GOd knows Keanu is a tough, brave and good guy, HE knows his strength, that’s why he was tested with so many things. Fortunately with the love around him, he managed to pass them all. That’s good. You’ll have nothing to loose when you tell good things about people, good things grow… Good day everyone!

  • Kristin

    The fact that you have to write an article to convince me that Keanu is a good actor, just proves to me that he is a horrible actor. He may be good at one thing-and thats picking roles. Just pretty much stick with the dumb slacker or the guy that doesn’t know whats going on and he’s set, for the most part. He tried it with Dracula (John-the solicitor that’s trying to figure out whats going on), but alas, failed, since this character has more depth than Keanu can display. Plus, accents are NOT his thing. If it wasn’t for Gary Oldman’s performance, the whole movie would’ve been sunk. Keanu-one of the worst actors in hollywood. Please, either stop acting or stay away from my favourite actors so I never have to see you in a movie again! Though, Speed and The Matrix were pretty b*tchn, props for that

  • Josh

    The man has made 50 films and you’re using Dracula to put him down. That says it all.

  • chakkusu

    His performance in Dracula was not just bad, it was quite embarrassingly bad — which is to say I would be embarrassed about it myself if it were my own performance, and I’m not a professional actor. BUT (and this is a big but) he got away with it, and I think it says a lot about the man that his career didn’t die right on the spot, so that anybody who roundly criticizes him really ought to pay attention to how successful he has gotten since. Looks alone don’t do it; there are plenty of pretty people all over SoCal aspiring to be where Keanu is now, and not standing a chance.

    But it doesn’t follow from just this that he is brilliant. Being a good guy and a joy to work with, for instance, can count for very much, as well as picking the right sorts of roles for one’s particular strengths. Being able to sell tickets also helps. But none of those things alone can speak very much for one’s grasp acting as a craft, and THAT’s a little harder to get at, and is a little harder to “prove.” But I think it’s easy to know WHO they are — they’re the ones, living or dead, who actors themselves not only speak well of, but might genuinely look up to. I don’t think Keanu’s really the kind of actor who inspires THAT kind of reaction, but it doesn’t mean that he’s bad at what he does.

    Now, personally, I cannot think of a single actor of that caliber who has made me feel downright embarrassed for them in a movie the way Keanu did in Dracula. Sometimes they might be wooden, or poorly directed or otherwise off the mark, but not downright dreadful. Perhaps Keanu has sometimes bitten off more than he can chew, so that his risk-taking has earned him a great career — has enabled him to become a real star — has earned him nearly as many detractors as fans in the process.

    *Shrug* I do think he’s gotten better over the years and benefits from good company. I thought he was really good in Devil’s Advocate

  • JMR

    To answer your last question. Yes, yes I do still think he sucks.

  • colin

    keanu is a good actor but shows hardly any emotion or charisma and is full of very short one liners. but saying that i think he is a good actor but very low key. and he’s canadian so thats awesome too.

    oh and p.s
    he def deserves a star on the walk of fame more than that faggot seacrest. i mean c’mon really the guy from american idol has one. terrible

  • shell

    im not crazy and i am certainly not a stalker ,but i sure wish i had a chance with keanu reeves…

  • shell

    hes beautiful…..wow….im from baton rouge louisiana ,,come down keanu and find me:)

  • shell

    i know what ur missing!cause i am too….

  • lily novel

    he is such a great actor hes like a legond to me plus he is if i met him i would be like o-m-g!!!!

  • lily novel

    im loving the guy

  • lily novel

    i wish i could meet him

  • iemie harie

    he is a good dude

  • Rumpledilskin

    Have you seriously made a list of reasons why Neo doesn’t suck? I don’t know where to start… I would say the fact that you need to make a list of reasons why he doesn’t suck is reason #1 why he does.

    Van is a Dutch aristocratic title, not German. Germans use Von. Watch less movies and read a book.

    Or don’t. What the hell do I know.

    He sucks balls.

  • Rumpledilskin

    Seriously though, as an actor, he’s absolutely awful. His vocalization is monotone, his presentation is unexpressive and lacking in drama, authenticity or interpretation. His face is oddly expresionless even in the most intense of scenes when he falsifying anger. Every one of his roles seems to be the same character because he is so completely lacking in versatility. His portrayals of charaters are completely unengaging and without depth. Shall I go on?…

    I honestly really don’t mean any the guy any offense personally. He may be the nicest guy ever. And if he’s what makes you wet, more power to you. His acting is not good.

    For comparison, consider a good actor like Johnny Depp or a great actor like Tim Robbins, Edward Norton or a master like Kevin Spacey or Ian Mckellen. Real actors. They elevate acting to an art.

    Reaves is a pretty face who can remember lines, but not deliver them.

  • Valerie

    He is ok but I can’t honestly call him a great actor. From what I have seen he is certainly not the most talented actor of his generation. I am not impressed. I don’ t know much about about acting. I am no film critic but I know a bad actor from a good actor when I see one. I agree with one poster: your 40 arguments don’t prove he is a great actor. He may not be a drug addict or a or a mean bastard or a phone thrower( point 30 ) but that doesn’ t make him a great actor. The actors you have mentioned ( Cruise, Downey jr, Penn, Kilmer and Crowe) are not perfect but whatever they are doesn’t mean they suck as people in real life. I have seen those guys in movies and their acting is far superior to Keanu’s. Keanu has long way to go to be compared to those true talents.

  • Valerie

    I have a few questions for you. Even somebody noticed you contradicted yourself. First you say he doesn’t try to do challenging roles because he knows his limitations. Then you say he pushes himself and will take risks in spite of his limitations. Is he afraid to do roles that are above his skills? Or does he take risks in spite of his limitations? Which is? An actor who only does roles that fit his acting skills doesn’t push himself.

    What spectacular performances has he done? I have seen many Keanu movies but, as much as I like the guy, he has yet to do an outstanding performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. He needs to challenge himself. So far he has done roles that fit his acting style. I have seen his latest movie called ‘ Henry’s crime’. He is still the same wooden actor with the emotional range of a brick wall. His acting style hasn’t changed. He needs to challenge himself. He needs to do better than that to win me over.
    He may be a nice, well behaved man but, as I said in my previous post, that doesn’t make him a great actor.

  • Valerie

    Rumpledilskin,
    I couldn’t agree more. His acting is ok but not brilliant or spectacular . He doesn’t bring much into his roles. Sometimes I can figure out what he thinks or feels, but he is definitely not a very expressive actor. His characters lack depth. His voice is flat and monotone . It sounds like he is reading his lines from a book. That makes him a boring actor. He doesn’t do much to keep audiences enthralled. I saw him in that pointless remake of the Day The Earth Stood Still in an IMAX cinema in London. OMG couldn’t he play a more boring character! I lost interest very quickly. His face was expressionless. Of course I couldn’t connect with his character.
    I don’t mean to be disrespectful to Jason and other Keanu fans but I wonder what they see in him. He is a nice guy. He is funny at times but he doesn’t have much charisma. He is great as a person but not as an actor.

  • Aniket

    I totally agree with you man, i respect keanu very much for the fact that he doesn’t want to be a celebrity, he’s vjust a regular guy who happens to be an actor by profession.Unlike so many a listers, he is not after money, he simply desires to act, which is why he takes indie films when he can make 20 times more with big budget movie.Also I find the fact that he plays the bass in an actual band very cool.

  • Michael Self

    I agree that Keanu is underrated. But your bashing other actors is no different than the attacks on Keanu. It’s objective of course. I am even more impressed with the kind of PERSON he has turned out to be.

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