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~Blog Post~Anyone who knows me well (like my husband, critique partner, and best friends), knows I have a huge and long-time crush on Keanu Reeves. He's been both a heartthrob and a heartbreaker on screen (and no doubt off as well *grin*) for a couple of decades now. So, today I thought I'd tell you about my most recent heartthrob/heartbreaker experience with the guy.
I love movies. As much as I love books, I love movies. I watch loads of feature films, indie films, and documentaries. So, when I recently saw Side by Side in my Amazon Prime queue, a documentary about the behind-the-scenes dual going on between 35mm film and digital, with Keanu Reeves as the interviewer, I knew I had to watch.
First of all, if you have any interest in the subject matter (which I do), this is an incredibly good documentary. Keanu Reeves interviews quite a large selection of my favorite directors: David Lynch, Martin Scorcese, George Lucas, Richard Linklater (just to name a few). It also turned out to be an incredible follow-up to a documentary I watched the day before, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, which gave great detail into the birth of the 'flickers' and how the movie industry grew and changed once 35mm and cameras for that film improved (as well as how they learned to work around the limitations, but also made great innovations because of the limitations). Interestingly, the directors interviewed in Side by Side said similar things regarding their experiences in the different evolutions of digital film production.
ANYWAY, my heartthrob/heartbreaker moment in Side by Side came in a short, one or two minute, interchange between Keanu Reeves and a little boy. The dreamy, sweet look on the man's face, and that killer smile, while he was talking to the kid was just so sexy, so hot, so fall head-over-heels all over again for the guy, that it was a heart-melter for sure. Ya know? That's why he's a leading man. He does that to people. Not to everyone, but to enough of us (and that's all it takes!). I admit it, I hit the back button a couple of times on my remote, just to watch it again (I think I paused it too).
If anyone wants to watch an interview on YouTube that Keanu Reeves does about Side by Side, click here.
This book's mixed breed Chinese/Scottish Highlander hero is an homage to Keanu Reeves, and completely due to my crush on him:
Bao Xiong Maclean, by day, a contracted warrior for William, King of Scots, and by night, a lover for hire to the pampered ladies of the king's court, is fighting his attraction to the lovely flaxen-haired widow whose family is the reason he and his mother became slaves to the man who sired him: Jamison Maclean.