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Tuesday
Sep022014

50 Appropriate Ways to Celebrate Keanu Reeves Birthday!

In honor of Keanu Reeves' half-century mark today, 50 appropriate ways to celebrate the day. Please report back with the number you plan to accomplish today. Party on dudes!

01 Become a "cool breeze over the mountains" like his name (consider it an acting exercize)
02 Consider Beirut, Lebanon where Keanu was born
03 Find it on the map if you're not familiar 
03 Take the red pill
04 Join us tonight for "Best Shot" - we'll be choosing our favorite image from The Matrix
04 Be excellent to each other
05 Party on, dudes!
06 Watch Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
07 Play a game of hockey


08 Drive a motorcycle
09 or, a a bus
10 Wait. Those are both probably illegal without a special license so why not just take a bus and pretend your driver is Sandra Bullock)

11 ...or go surfing
12 The point is physical activity. Do lots of it. Keanu is always on the move.
13 Read our Team Experience anniversary piece on Point Break (1991)
14 Look amazing in a wetsuit
15 Get wet frequently today; It's a good look for you
 
(35 more ways to celebrate after the jump


16 Make out with someone who reminds you of Lori Petty
17 Get homoerotically obsessive about someone who reminds you of Patrick Swayze
18 Buy them a Famous President's mask - any president - and chase them around your neighborhood for fun
19 Sit in the Lotus Position and meditate; you are (little) Buddha
20 Charm the pants off an older someone who reminds you of Diane Keaton
21 Watch Speed (1994)
22 Watch Point Break (1991)
22 Watch Little Buddha (1994)
23 Watch Somethings Gotta Give (2003) 

24 Pretend you've been to hell and back like a supernatural detective
25 Or that you nearly went there with an Al Pacino type
26 Practice being empty-headed... like there's nothing between your ears at all
27 All the better to insert data packages or weird slimy cords into the back of your head in some complicated dystopia

28 Draw a huge vertical scar as treasure trail down your abdomen

29 Pose for homoerotic photos with a close friend
30 Or role-play hustler & john with a special someone
31 if that's too emotionally charged get silly with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Pull out a camera and say "we can record our love" in the goofiest most adorable voice you can muster
32 Edit it all together like an artsy freeze frame sex scene
33 Recite Shakespeare with a surfer accent
34 Refuse to learn your lesson and just keep on finding (surfer) Shakespeare gigs
35 Watch Parenthood (1989)
36 Watch My Own Private Idaho (1991)
37 Watch Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

38 Make out with someone who reminds you of Charlize Theron
39 or someone who reminds you of Winona Ryder
40 Masturbate to fantasies of nude vampires holding you hostage
41 Watch Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

42 Refer to yourself as "The One" all day
43 Rename your pet "dogstar" just for today after Keanu's band
44 Watch The Matrix (1999) 

45 Pretend to know Kung Fu
46 Strike at least one Neo action pose 
47 Pretend your still impressed with bullet time 180 camerawork - I'm sure you'll see it somewhere today.
48 Say "Whoa" like you mean it
49. Say it as many times as you can possibly can today.
50. Make it your mantra and approach this day with innocent easily-impressed wonder 

 

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One of the most welcome Keanu Reeves performances for me is his little part in Something's Gotta Give. He actually had excellent chemistry with Diane Keaton and his attraction to her played very soulful and sexy. And when you think about it, it's pretty (forgive me) excellent that one of the biggest stars on the planet (at the time) took a small role in a romantic comedy that gave him little to do.

That movie holds up so well today because so many people believed in making it 12 years ago. I know it wasn't an easy sell for a lot of reasons (see also: Nancy Meyers doing a Parent Trap remake). Classy, classy productions.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

One of the reasons I hated It's Complicated is that everything about it seemed vulgar by comparison to Something's Gotta Give.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

You listed 53. Sorry.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I watched The Lake House last week! And I should watch his so awful it becomes amazing performance in Much Ado About Nothing sometime soon, because that performance is really *something*.

I am celebrating Keanu Reeves birthday in a very weird way. (I love you, Keanu.)

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

"Not too bright, though."

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I already watched Parenthood for the Smackdown but it's a good reason to re-watch Speed!

I'll do the president's mask thing too, if we can do anyone of them I pick Millard Fillmore!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

39A......or someone who reminds you of River Phoenix.

And let's face it #40 is probably a part of most everyone's life at least once.....if not often.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

God, this makes me feel old. That pic of him in the rain is adorable. Cosign what Hayden said about his terrific work in Something's Gotta Give.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I think The Devil's Advocate deserves a better reputation. It gave Tamara Tunie the best filmed role of her career -- a gorgeous criminally under used African American actress who brings down the house. Only Charlize has an advantage over her with the supportive home town trophy wife who becomes unglued due to The Devil's dealings -- corny -- don't care. Also, Reeves was not shy exposing buttocks in their love scene.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

One of the most dateable boy stars in Hollywood history. Honestly, maybe THE most dateable. And I think he's underrated as an actor. His empty-headedness is riveting. Total movie star quality in a super unique way.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

What a pretty, pretty man. Like the male Grace Kelly.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Add Thumbsucker which I think he was seriously overlooked in.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

He's so not one of my faves, in fact I think he's kind of a vacuum of dead air, but I did celebrate in my own way:

http://bestshotinthedark.tumblr.com/post/96491941918/the-matrix-1999-the-wachowskis-the-wachowskis

:D

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

I've worked with him. He is very handsome in person, but beautiful on film. Truly a face the camera loves. And he comes off as being unaware of it which adds to his appeal.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

I don't think he's the best actor, he seems to only excel in certain type of roles. Having said that, I have to agree he has a special charisma as a leading man, even more riveting than the kind of Tom Cruise or Will Smith, imho. Also, the general consensus from the industry is that he's a very nice and generous person, very easy to work with and humble. I can't believe how life has f**ked him over with so much sadness.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

no 51 You missed star in a Paula Abdul video circa 91.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

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