Keanu sighting.

Not that it means anything, but I happened to see Keanu Reeves in the lobby of the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver tonight, before and after he took in a screening of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Keanu has been in town for the past month or so playing Klaatu in Scott Derrickson‘s remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951; my comments), and for some reason the first thing I paid attention to was his hair. You never know, with sci-fi movies, whether the actor is going to have to shave his head or grow a goatee or whatever. But Keanu looked like Keanu, and that was that.

I have met and interviewed lots of actors, on film sets and press junkets and whatnot, so the mere presence of celebrity, per se, is not such a big deal to me any more. But those events are usually very controlled and very predictable, so it’s still fun when an accidental sighting like this one comes along.

JAN 10 UPDATE: Click here for a follow-up, with some apparently exclusive news about Keanu’s young co-star, Jaden Smith.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12938432284210326487 Live from Park City

    Actually the scariest part is the need for all of the remakes. While it is admittedly dated, I can’t see how Keanu can honestly improved on Michael Rennie’s performance….

    …but you never know.

    Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    The only celebrity I have ever seen up close — and I do mean ‘up close‘ — was Antonio Banderas. This was during his filming in Vancouver of the awful, awful Ecks Vs. Sever; I was standing at a urinal in the Plaza of Nations, and he comes in and stands at the urinal right beside me. I asked him how shooting was going; he said ‘good, very good’. We both shook (not our hands), then stepped away from the urinal to wash (our hands). I wished him well, and he returned the well-wishes.

  • Anonymous

    Funny thing, seen Keanu at the urinal also.. Didn’t say a fu***** word.. Didn’t stand up to take responsiblity either.. But then again, how long can he play a kid… Some point man you need to take it as a man..Grow up..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    I though Keanu might have been better cast as Gort.

    I kid, I kid. I kid because I love.

  • Anonymous

    anonymous (second post) I guess Keanu was suppose to really have a long chat with you. Get a LIFE…Geeez!!!! If you can’t say anything nice about Keanu, then you need to say nothing at all. Little sick on your part for sure!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    He’s a handsome man.

  • Anonymous

    I love I love I love, that is why I joke.. not just kid

  • Keanu’s Babe

    You said that the first thing you noticed was his hair. Please tell me.. was it short or was he sporting a longer shaggy length? Thanks!


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