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Keanu Reeves Does Not Suck
Entered on: June 15, 2006 7:00 PM by Ross
This is for you, Swerb!  As per our conversation last time I was in GR, I am somewhat of a Keanu fan.  I don't necessarily think he's the best actor in the world, but I admire him on some level.  Obviously this is written from a zealous fan's perspective but I think there are a couple of good reasons in there to not write the guy off.

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From: Swerb Entered on: June 16, 2006 8:56 AM

Well, I think most of that guy's reasoning is fanboy crapola with little substance. Just pointing out that the guy has taken many diverse roles doesn't mean he was actually good in them. That isn't "range" - having "range" is determined within the context of one character with multiple facets (off the top of my head: Paul Giamatti in Sideways and American Splendor - he's convincingly funny, sympathetic, melancholy, convincingly conveys "unspoken" emotion, etc.)  He was the festering boil on Much Ado About Nothing, because, compared to the rest of the cast (Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington, etc.), he was stiff and overwrought. I just watched the film Thumbsucker in which he plays a goofy orthodontist and, yes, I will admit he was fairly convincing in the role, but it was a supporting role, one that didn't require much beyond one note. Granted, I still haven't seen My Own Private Idaho (which is supposed to be his best performance, right?), but I still have yet to see him convincingly deliver a line in a dramatic context. "I know kung fu" doesn't count.


And Bert, I understand and am convinced by your argument that he's utterly convincing in The Matrix as far as physical acting is concerned. Most actors might not put in the effort to look like a "real" martial arts superstar. But it's his psychological acting that leaves me unconvinced.

From: The Bone Entered on: June 17, 2006 8:51 AM
I'd have to say Keanu is the best shittiest actor there is. His technical skill is lacking but somehow he makes up for it in ways I don't understand. I like him.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: June 17, 2006 2:01 PM
Word on the street is that Keanu is a scientologist...  Wink
From: Ross Entered on: June 18, 2006 8:30 PM
Is that a joke, Zilla?  Read # 30 on the list.


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