February 5, 2005
Keanu Reeves Trained With Exorcist
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hollywood star Keanu Reeves said he trained with an exorcist for his latest film, "Constantine," and he was relieved that no supernatural forces plagued the movie set.
"There were no paranormal events that took place on the film that I know of. Thank God!" said Reeves, 40, who plays the title character in "Constantine" - a man who battles to send demons back to hell.
He described his character as a "world-weary" and "nihilistic guy with a heart of gold."
Adapted from a DC Comics series, the film will have its world premiere in Hong Kong Tuesday - 10 days before its opening in the United States.
"I went with an exorcist for a bit. I just want to know really practical things, like how do you hold someone possessed by the devil," Reeves said.
The star of the "Matrix" and "Speed" action thrillers said his latest role also makes him less skeptical about the existence of hell.
"Constantine kind of knows it's fact. So I guess if I had any doubts before, I probably have a little few less doubts now," he said.
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