Reeves Unconcerned about 'Matrix' Trap
05/16/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Before winging to the South of France for the premiere, however, the sci-fi thriller's star, Keanu Reeves, 38, told Reuters in Los Angeles that he's not afraid of being typecast as the super-powered hero Neo.
"I don't think, as an actor, that is going to be a concern, in terms of being pigeonholed. 'Well, just go be that Neo guy, '" he said, doing his best to sound like a casting director.
Not that moviegoers will be able to see anything else this weekend. "Reloaded" is being shown on more than 8,500 movie screens, or roughly one-quarter of those in America.
Comparing himself to Harrison Ford, who played the title role in the "Indiana Jones" series (the first "Matrix," in 1999, was pretty popular, too, generating $456 million worldwide), Reeves said: "Harrison Ford is that character. He's such a central figure in that piece. Neo is much more a part of a whole."
As for what audiences should find appealing about "Matrix Reloaded," he says: "It has ideas you can take with you, but it is a film you can also be entertained by."