Keanu Reeves Says He Appreciates ‘the Goodwill’ of Being Called the ‘Internet’s Boyfriend’
With his status as the “Internet’s Boyfriend,” Keanu Reeves is perfectly content.
The actor, 58, revealed exclusively to PEOPLE that he values the support he gets online while he was on the red carpet at the John Wick: Chapter 4 premiere in New York City on Wednesday night.
When questioned about the internet’s obsession with him, Reeves, who is presently dating artist Alexandra Grant, responded, “I really appreciate the goodwill.
Reeves continued to tell that he is embracing everything that comes with playing his renowned hitman role in a new installment of the action-hero franchise.
“I love the challenges of John Wick, it’s super intense,” he explained. “It’s playful. I get to do different things — driving, you know? [I get to use] nunchucks and do movie Judo, movie jujitsu. So I really enjoy that.”
And while the Internet may love the fact that Reeves is frequently photographed doing mundane things — like eating a sandwich alone on a bench or going grocery shopping — The Matrix star welcomes those adrenaline-pumping moments that are featured within the soon-to-be-released film.
“I enjoy the challenges and the intensity and the noise,” he said. “So I’m not looking to hang out on the beach.”
Reeves recently revealed that he trained for months in order to get ready for the new film. In a January interview with Total Film, he said, “John Wick: Chapter 4 was the hardest physical role I’ve ever had in my career so far. “They really gave me the training I needed to have the toolbox,”
For some action-packed scenes set in Paris, he revealed that he also improved his stunt driving abilities. He said, “We took the car-driving to the next level, which I really enjoy.”
“There’s 180s, forward-into-reverse 180s, reverse-into-forward 270s, drifting. … So it was really fun to get a chance to learn those skills, and to play,” Reeves added.
And as for the success of the franchise impacting his decision to gravitate towards intense projects?
“I haven’t been looking for a milieu,” he told, referring to the action-hero niche. “I’m just hoping that people enjoy what I do.”