Keanu Reeves in Berlin: is he messing with his face, or is he a vampire?

Here’s Keanu Reeves at the Berlinale film festival promoting a film he produced, Side By Side, which is a documentary on film production – really! It’s described on IMDB as investigating “the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.” I’ve been watching more documentaries lately, particularly documentary television like’s Vanguard. Although this movie sounds dry in concept it could actually be interesting. I love Keanu and want him to do well. Here’s a little more on the film and the fact that it’s been picked up for distribution.

Keanu Reeves has been given a big boost as a movie producer – his latest project has been picked up for U.S. distribution days before its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany.

Side By Side, a documentary about the digital revolution and its impact on traditional filmmaking, features interviews with pioneering directors with James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese and Steven Soderbergh.

Tribeca Film bosses have announced they have acquired the North American rights to the film, which they call “a provocative and illuminating journey through the technical and aesthetic implications of the transition from traditional film to digital technology”.

Produced and narrated by Reeves, who also conducted the bulk of the interviews, the film is directed by Chris Kenneally.

It is expected to hit U.S. cinemas this summer (12).

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The Hollywood Reporter has a quote from the director, Chris Kenneally, describing the film. “Cinema is at a tipping point. Digital has challenged, and in some ways completely overturned, a process of making movies on photochemical film that has been a tradition for over one hundred years. Side by Side is an intimate conversation between Keanu and the top professionals in the industry about this revolution and its impact.

I would see it just for Keanu, especially to see him interview people in the industry. He’s such a thoughtful, decent guy and we don’t get enough of him.

Let’s talk about how amazingly young Keanu looks here at 47. It might just be the fact that he’s borderline clean shaven for once, but he looks like he’s botoxed to me in that he’s so smooth and young looking still! Kaiser tells me he’s just a vampire with good genes, though, and she might be right. I guess he’s looked preternaturally young for a while and all the scruff and hair he used to have was disguising it. In the one photo (below) of him looking down while smiling you can see that he has lines and a little puffiness around his eyes. Still, he’s in Hollywood and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s doing a little something to achieve that “15 years younger” look. Maybe some laser resurfacing or something minor.

Here’s my favorite part of these photos, Keanu’s beat to hell sneakers! Look at those things, it’s like he has one pair and refuses to wear any other shoes. My kid is like that, but I try to talk him into changing them up well before the shoes get to that stage.

Here’s Keanu in June of last year for comparison. He sort-of looks the same, just with a beard. There’s something different about his eyes, but that could be due to the fact that he’s smiling.

Update: Here are some more photos of Keanu from today in Berlin.

Photo credit: and Away! / PR Photos

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  1. whatthehell456 says:

    That’s just good Canadian genes right there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amanda says:

      Isn’t he like half English, half Hawaiian? “Canadian” genes indeed ๐Ÿ˜›

      • whatthehell456 says:

        He only lived in Canada for a while, but it was enough to rub off on him lol ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Amanda says:

        I visited Canada once when I was six, hopefully it’ll rub off on me too! lol

      • Kate says:

        He’s got Chinese genes too, I think? I seem to remember hearing that Caucasian skin ages worse than any other, so maybe that’s why his is so amazing still?

        I don’t care. I love Keanu so much. I’m a puddle of goo over the guy. Every interview I’ve ever seen, I love him that bit more. He just seems so genuinely decent and sweet and sane.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      It’s that lovely light olive skin (see Johnny Depp). I’m so glad I have light olive skin. ๐Ÿ™‚


      Another Mutt

  2. Amanda says:

    I love Keanu!! Maybe not the best actor, but he seems like a really good guy… or vampire.

  3. Sloane Wyatt says:

    His ear lobes give him away; he’s had a very natural facelift.

  4. mache says:

    i would soooooooooo like to hit that!

  5. Tiffany27 says:

    I don’t think he had any work done. Its the asian genes. My mother will be 50 this year and does not look a day over 40.

    • tam says:

      Its an open secret that Anglo-Saxons age much faster than East Asians. So it’s not that Keanu Reeves looks especially young for his age, just that his Asian genes are dominant.

      When I was in my 20’s bus drivers used to charge me half fares (for 12 years and under!). In the West I’ve always been mistaken for at least a dozen years younger.

  6. T.C. says:

    he is part Asian, so i think the slow aging is genetic.

  7. spinner says:

    He is a fine looking man. Have always loved him. He’s not looking quite as sad.

  8. Zelda says:

    Not enough sad sandwich-eating.

  9. Noi says:

    stress ages you faster than anything so his prob living a stress free(as much as one can) life eating healthy etc

  10. RobN says:

    I don’t think he’s had anything done; I think he’s more the “F it, what do I care” type.

  11. mia girl says:

    He does look great, so I say vampire.

    Or we may need to inspect his home for a secret room with a hidden portrait. That might be the answer.

  12. Monkey Jim says:

    I’ll always love him for Bill & Ted. And Point Break!! Sigh. But why hasn’t he aged & I have? OK now I hate him.

  13. Nev says:


  14. nunya beeswax says:

    I must be the only one that thinks he looks better with his beard and beanie.

  15. Jaded says:

    I always hoped he and Sandra Bullock would be a forever couple….

  16. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I think it’s from being vegetarian for so many years and keeping in shape. Also good genes.

    I think he’s a bad actor, but a good guy. I remember when there were all kinds of gay rumors about him, but he refused to comment on it, not even to deny it. Because it didn’t matter. Turns out he wasn’t gay, but he didn’t feel the need to deny the rumors. He ignored them. Plus he donated the money he would have made from the Matrix sequels to the moview crew who don’t make the big bucks that actors do. It was something like $75 million. So I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  17. SkyNet says:

    I’ve had a mad crush on that man since the first Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out. He’s getting sexier with age. I don’t even care if he is a vampire, I’d be all over that in a hearbeat. =)

  18. Madrid says:

    Hot hot hot hot… my guess is good genes

  19. Aqua says:

    I miss him on the big screen.He’s always been one of my favourite men and he always will be.

  20. Sumodo1 says:

    I just adore him.

  21. silken_floss says:

    Those sneakers need to be burned. -___-

  22. Lauren says:

    Pffff this is such BS you claim everybody who looks good/young/fresh has had botox. Stop the bullshit mmkay? People CAN age beautiful and graceful without putting plastic in their face. The guy just looks good and he’s ONLY 47.

  23. juicyjackie says:

    47??? Damn I would like to have him in a sex sandwich with Jon Hamm with a side order of Tom Hardy. Sigh….

  24. storyteller says:

    Love Keanu. He looks healthy and rested here.

  25. Sarah says:

    I don’t think he’s had any work done. Given the way he usually dresses and the rare attention to personal grooming (though I think he’s very handsome when he cleans up), I doubt he’s into superficial things like plastic surgery or other enhancers. Just doesn’t jive, you know?

    • Naye in VA says:

      ITA. he would have to still be concerned about his marketability and i dont think he is. i think he rides on “keanu” and thats all he needs

  26. dweep says:

    He looks fine.

    He has the Tom Ford genes.

  27. serena says:

    He’s a vampire, a really good looking one.

  28. nina says:

    He’s half asian, Asian folks age incredibly as long as they didn’t sun damage their skin.

  29. jen7waters says:

    Vampire! ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. wunder says:

    He looks damn good!

  31. Tweakspotter says:

    I’m not spotting any “Tweaks”…he’s just PURTY!

  32. SHump76 says:

    Good genes and relatively healthy living.
    He’s always been beautiful and he’s an all around good guy.

    • Esmom says:

      Totally agree.

      Most people here are probably too young to remember but I have loved him since an ABC after-school special a million years ago! He really doesn’t look all that different from his teen self.

  33. KatyK says:

    Looks like he’s had some Sculptra treatments to me. The “liquid face lift” is gradual process and just fills out the temple and chin areas. Either way, he looks really good.

  34. dahlia says:

    WHERE’S CONSTANTINE 2 ? It is one of my favorite movies ever, where’s the sequel you evil *cries*

    • Veronica says:

      I love Constantine too!! Keanu! Tilda! Peter Stormaire! Rachel!

      • dahlia says:

        I swear Tilda is the most stylish movie Gabriel EVER. There’s been talk about the sequel for ages but nothing on screen so far…

  35. fabgrrl says:

    Not much of an actor, but he seems like such a lovely man, inside and out.

    And if he did do *something* it was subtle and well worth it. Kudos!

  36. mariaj says:

    Oh, Keanu.

    I think he has done ” something”, but it still looks ” natural”, so it’s ok. Anywaym i just LOVE this guy, i like him with beard and without beard, i like him shaved and clean, i just like him. I think that he is one of very few men that looks good in leather pants ( another one is Tom Ford, but not as good as Keanu)

    ( swoon)

  37. Talie says:

    Well, he’s Native American for the most part, no? That explains the good aging genetics.

  38. Jezi says:

    He’s like Johnny Depp. They are ageless. I’m so jealous of their genetics. He’s is gorgeous. I still remember him in Point Break, standing in the rain, in that tight black t-shirt. Whoops…gotta go change my underwear! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. foozy says:

    neo rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Madpoe says:

    Thanks for this post! Miss seeing/hearing bout him ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Granger says:

    Sigh. I would still leave my husband for that man.

  42. Agnes says:

    he’s immortal. he’s like the dick clark of our generation.

  43. alice says:

    GUYS!!! He is part Lebanese-where did u get the Asian thing from?

    • Inari says:

      The Ultimate Source of Information (commonly known as Wikipedia :P) sez: “His mother was English and his father was a Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent.” He was born in Lebanon, but that’s it.

    • oy says:

      No, his mother is English. His father is Irish/Hawaiin/Chinese. They met in Beruit Lebanon before things went to crap there, when it was a hip tourist destination. Hence, Keanu was born in Lebanon, but he’s not Lebanese. He’s a Canadian citizen due to naturalization there.

  44. somenamehere says:

    Nah, he looks natural. My dad’s in his mid 50s and looks like late 30s. Some people luck out in the gene department.

  45. NeoCleo says:

    Keanu is blessed with ageless male beauty. I think he will be wonderful to look at when he’s well beyond his 50s. Don’t know what kind of life he leads, but he is sure aging much better than Brad Pitt. Maybe Jolie is the vampire?

  46. Nanea says:

    Oh, Keanu!

    The docu isn’t boring at all, at least not for someone who’s somewhat interested in the Making of or Behind the Scenes stuff. And for those who could care less, it’s fascinating to see how these people talk about their work, be it movie directors or cinematographers. And that Keanu is in it is an extra bonus.

    I was at the screening this afternoon and heard Keanu talk about it afterwards, how the project got under way when he discovered how challenging it is for an actor to be able to do much longer takes, play a complete scene without interruptions, like the director yelling “cut” every few minutes because the celluloid is so expensive.

  47. sam says:

    you have to make facial expressions to get wrinkles… naw love Keanu!

  48. TXCinderella says:

    Good Lord he still looks hot! Mmmmmm.

  49. Maritza says:

    Good genes, that’s all.

  50. Snowpea says:

    When I was 21, I was working at nighttime in a little bar in Sydney, while going to art school during the day.

    Keanu was in town filming the Matrix and one night he came in with an adorable French girl and when they were leaving he said ‘Hey honey, we both think you’re beautiful. If you’re not doing anything later on, here’s my hotel and room number. Come up, it’ll be just THE THREE OF US…’

    Now gentle reader, I was young and very earnest and naive and I’d worked really hard to get into that school and I had an assignment due the next day, so, smiling sweetly, I said, “Oh thank you, how kind. But I have school tomorrow’…

    …15 years later, I shake my head that I turned down a THREESOME WITH KEANU REEVES!

    • Ahot says:

      girl how COULD you? Thinks we do when young… smh
      I want to bring happiness back in his eyes. Things i would do to him…! *.*

    • Kim says:

      OMG!!!!!! I knew there had to be others he did same thing to but with me he wanted threesome w another guy. He asked me on a date once and when I went to meet him there was another guy there and he wanted to fly me to Paris with him and this guy and have a threesome all weekend. I dont know if he wanted to sleep w the guy also or just me w both of them but in any case I got the hell out of there. He was CREEPY!

      • Snowpea says:

        Kim – that’s HILARIOUS! There’s probably thousands of us ; )

        I still don’t think he’s creepy though. Creepy is that HIDEOUS old codger Doug that married that seventeen year old tart whats-her-face!

  51. kay says:

    holy crow, the man is beautiful. he is only going to get more beautiful as he ages, guaranteed.

  52. sam says:

    love and adore him.
    i love his looks he looks allwhite yet he is part arab and jewish and part chinease and hawaain.
    his sister has the same heritage i consider her to be very pretty.
    they are a very goodlooking family.
    i bet the movie is very interesting.
    that recent hoax was very cruel.

  53. risa says:

    No work done. Just simply gorgeous. Thank you Jesus

  54. normades says:

    No, he’s aged, but he’s still super hot ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Kim says:

    Definitely some filler, botox & a peel/laser work to even out skin tone & I think it looks great. He was getting very wrinkly around eyes & mouth. Like Tom Cruise recent work, it just looks like they are refreshed and isnt over the top work.

    • Victoria says:

      If you see him up close, he looks his age and he does have lines and wrinkles (cute ones too :). Keanu says it’s the “optical” things the camera hides. No botox for him or at least that’s what he says anyway.

  56. Happy21 says:

    I don’t think he’s had any work done.

    He doesn’t seem like the kind of man who would give a crap how he was aging. Maybe he takes care of his skin is all. I can’t see how a man who would be that vain would wear those sneakers which are clearly rubbish! Doesn’t really make any sense ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. UniqJazz says:

    I have a crush on him =)

  58. Bej says:

    Googled “Keanu Reeves Immortal” & some pretty funny ‘proof’ came up (apparently he has had a few identities including Paul Mounet, an actor in the 1800’s, early 1900’s) He has aged well though. Good looking man, who’s obviously limited sun exposure/damage & has lucked out in the gene pool. Love Keanu

  59. Emily says:

    Maybe he goes to the same voodoo witch that the cast of Clueless seem to have gone to?

  60. marie says:

    He has great genes! Looks very sexy!

  61. Jen34 says:

    He has a very sweet face that matches his demeanor, and he looks fabulous.

  62. debby says:

    he doesnt have a line in his forehead. Impossible. I call botox.

  63. Zoe says:

    Doesn’t he live a very healthy lifestyle? Eats well, exercises, etc…You can see aging around his eyes. Foreheads lines are often inherited rather than environmental. Think he’s aging naturally and he’s still a gorgeous & sweet man.

  64. dahlia1947 says:

    He looks good. I don’t thinks he’s had anything done.

  65. original sandy says:

    always have loved him, my gosh, he is still looking good, my crush for ever.a bit of a freak too huh! it’s always the quiet ones.

  66. MsJAPrufrock says:

    Never liked his acting or found him remotely attractive, but the picture of him smiling is lovely. He should smile more often and not look too glum or serious.

  67. telesma says:

    Combination of good genes and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Fraxel, Thermage, PDT, fillers, microdermabrasion, etc. Probably some Botox, too. AKA, a nonsurgical facelift.

    If you are scrupulous about wearing sunscreen and start having minor things done in your early 30’s, like low to mid level chemical peels, Botox, and regular medical facials, you can keep the visible signs of aging at bay for a long time. But his skin is very smooth and glowy, so I’d say he’s had something done recently.

  68. Ogechi says:

    Sweet November! I so love that movie & immediately fell inlove with him. Thanks for writing something about him.

    • mare w says:

      I really liked the one with Diane Keaton where he played the younger doctor who had the hots for her. He was so cute and sincere in it. Plus that one, I think A walk in the clouds or something is great too.

  69. Ogechi says:

    I love love love him. I am glad that you actually wrote something about him.

  70. woopidoo says:

    i’ve missed him! he’s still hot!

  71. Rose says:

    I agree with the general ageing comments, my grandma is half chinese, she’s 98 and looks like she’s in her 70s, it’s passed down to my mum who’s 66 but looks 40, my 42 year old sis who looks in her 20s and me, 30 got id’d in the pub last week ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re all super grateful for our genes, even if they are a bit diluted by now ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. MAMAKOWALSKA says:

    He’s aging well, most of his sagging is around the mouth and he’s doing camo with the facial hair…….something we ladies can’t do:-(

    He’s just one of those guys that will always look great for his age…….I don’t know if he smokes or drinks but his face says he’s layed off these aging habits….

  73. Ken says:

    He can do me anytime!!!

  74. Ginger says:

    He is so gorgeous but has fallen prey to that thing that hot guys do and I have no clue why…they cover up their good looks with scraggly facial hair or not washing or wearing dirty clothes. He cleans up well!! I never get tired of him. He is a really decent guy and so much fun to look at. I bet he’d be fun to hang out with too…very down to earth.

  75. mare w says:

    Yeah even if he is it doesn’t mean he’s getting botox there are other treatments like one’s using lasers to tighten skin and stimulate collagen formation. I like Keanu (remember him in speed)yum, and he seems from reports to be caring esp. with his sister who had the illness, I think it was she that died. You never hear of him involved in scandals what a refreshing change.

  76. Jeannine says:

    He is still at the top of my list. The unconditional agreement between me and the Hub that I am allowed to leave aforementioned Hub for however long in the event that a Keanu opportunity ever magically appeared in my life. He is just lovely and the Hub is pretty good, too.

  77. mir says:

    He’s immortal, that’s why.

  78. Draco says:

    Are you kidding me? he looks 47 to me…look at his jawline it’s sagging…