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7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.

10 Movies That Prove Keanu Reeves Was Cool Before “The Matrix”

10 Movies That Prove Keanu Reeves Was Cool Before “The Matrix”

Long before portraying leather-clad Neo, Keanu Reeves was already a name of note. Surprisingly adventurous, he tried his hand at a variety of genres: big-budget action films, teen comedies, indie dramas, period pieces, grunge, even Shakespeare. Let’s take a trip back in time to his finest moments before The Matrix made him immortal.

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

It’s too darn hot to be outside frolicking — so why not stay inside and enjoy some cool flicks instead? This week we’ve got Nic Cage at his Nic Cagiest and Jack Nicholson at his Jennifer Lopez-iest.

We love: Actor Jean Dujardin sleeping on people

We love: Actor Jean Dujardin sleeping on people

Keanu Reeves is not only a star in Hollywood but he is among the biggest stars if not the biggest (as far as actors go) in the world of online memes in the subcategory of image macros with his blockbuster viral meme “Sad Keanu” (which I previously discussed here) and Conspiracy Keanu. However Oscar nominee Jean Dujardin, star of THE ARTIST has come out of nowhere to try to claim the meme throne from Keanu with the “Jean Sleeping on People” Photoshop macro for which there exists a Tumblr, naturally.

LEGO version of Sad Keanu Reeves

LEGO version of Sad Keanu Reeves

The Sad Keanu Reeves meme has been circulating around the Internet for awhile with no signs of it going away, and New York Magazine’s Vulture blog finally asked the actor about this meme, which he was unfamiliar with. He did seem to be a good sport about it once it was explained to him. He…