Keanu Reeves: John Wick’s hobby is restoring old leather-bound books

'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' photocall

I missed these photos of Keanu Reeves last week, because we were busy with the Met Gala and the non-royal baby Archie. These are pics of Keanu at the John Wick 3 photocall in Berlin. It’s always interesting to me when Keanu is on the promotional tour for a film, because even though he generates a fair amount of headlines, it still feels like he’s being super-low-key. Keanu basically hasn’t made gossip news in a decade or longer. He stays low-key. Anyway, Keanu gave an interview to Uproxx and it’s making headlines but… he doesn’t really say anything major. People just like him and like to talk about him, basically. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

What are John Wick’s hobbies: “In the first script they had John Wick described as working with old leather-bound books and book restoration. Yeah, we filmed it. It’s not in the movie, but we filmed it. He had a hobby and a vocation. That’s what he did. Best case, yes, his wife had passed, and that’s what he had decided to do once he got out after the impossible task, that was his vocation.

He loves the John Wick character: “Yeah, yeah it’s been really special. You hope people like what you do – and you hope that even more when you love what you’re doing. I love the John Wick films. I love playing John Wick. I like the suffering of John Wick, and coming back and surviving.

His quote “Did I win?,” from Parenthood. “Oh, yeah! Ron Howard! Because I remember we shot that, and then I did that version. Yeah, he’s just been knocked, concussed, and was like, “Did I win?” What was that character’s name? It wasn’t Eddie. Terry? No. Eddie? No. But I do recall doing that take. And then I was like, “Ah, Ron, I don’t know.” And he was like, “No, I love it.” And I was like, “Okay!” It was very spontaneous. “Did I win?” I love it. He was such a positive guy. And even though he’d crashed and crushed. Look up the character’s name. Tod. Tod!

On Will Smith making a video about why he did Wild Wild West instead of The Matrix: “Hey, no, Wild Wild West is good. I liked Wild Wild West. No, I thought it was good. It’s good. The production design, Ted Levine was the most amazing…Kevin Kline. It was good. I enjoyed it.

[From Uproxx]

It amuses me that Keanu Reeves is out here defending Wild Wild West. I had to double check – he really did mean Ted Levine, the brilliant character actor – that’s who he remembers from the film, clearly, not Will Smith or Kenneth Branagh. I also love that John Wick has a hobby or vocation, and it’s restoring old books. And yes, he’s great in Parenthood. Parenthood is a very underrated movie, and his performance, Martha Plimpton’s performance and Dianne Wiest’s performance all hold up.

'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' photocall

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. stormsmama says:

    my heart belongs to Keanu

    he once kissed me on the cheek

    #KEANUFOREVER forever

  2. Digital Unicorn says:

    *Sigh* I’m an old book please come restore me!

    • notasugarhere says:

      LOL and a hug for you, DU.

    • LadytoLazy says:

      There is a trailer for the third installment of John Wick in which Halle Berry co-stars. It goes into great detail as to how they prepare for the third installment and how taxing it is physically. He seems to really enjoy playing this character and he is very dedicated to his craft, as is Halle Berry. I wish they had included what his vocation was in the first film. It would have developed his character on a life after assassin after retirement. I am not a fan of sequels, but I did watch John Wick 2, though I did enjoy the first one much better. I know I am weird that way in that I don’t prefer sequels since, for me personally, I don’t find them as enjoyable as the first. Case in point, for me, was Ant Man and the Wasp and Equalizer. I know, it’s weird.

  3. Nicole says:

    I want a name ID on those boots. They look like olive suede Docs. Me want.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      they look like Timberland to me, but I’m betting they’re some high-end brand I’ve never heard of.

      they ARE cool, for sure.

  4. Tiffany says:

    The kitchen scene with him and Dianne, still with me to this day.

    And I still say, ‘That looked good’ when I burn something on the stove.

  5. Victoria says:

    Did you guys cover him as the Yves St Laurent model? More Keanu coverage please 😻😻😻😻

  6. Snazzy says:

    He recently did an interview on Colbert as well. Colbert asked what happens to us after we did and Keanu answered “the people who love us will miss us”. So beautiful. I love Keanu

  7. alsf says:

    bless whoever asked him about Parenthood.

  8. Dazed and confused says:

    I’m just here for Keanu.