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2015-02-09 09:44

NOT SLOWING DOWN: Keanu Reeves at the 'Knock Knock' movie premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA in January. Reeves (50) is still a bike enthusiast with no plans to slow down. Image: AFP / Araya Diaz

CHRISTINE PIROVOLAKIS

RIEHEN, Switzerland - For Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves, getting older means transitioning away from roles in action flicks to star in other genres. It does not however mean he will be giving up his passion for motorcycles anytime soon.

Reeves (50-years-old, well-known for roles in action films such as 'Point Break' (1991) and 'Speed' (1994), says he is looking to expand his repertoire as he gets older, playing an assassin in his latest film 'John Wick' and a detective in the film 'Daughter of God' later in 2015.

MOVING TO DIFFERENT GENERES

Reeves told DPA: "I think I'm just being carried by the stories that I get to tell. Getting older - that's part of the development: how you learn and grow and change.

"I've been doing different genres and different kind of roles in a way - from the assassin to the victim to a lawyer."

Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, is also known for starring in the science- fiction trilogy 'The Matrix' (1999-2003).

In his latest film 'John Wick', directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Reeves makes a comeback playing a retired assassin seeking revenge for the killing of his puppy, a gift from his late wife.

Reeves also recently worked with director Eli Roth on 'Knock Knock', a home-invasion drama due to be released later this year in which he plays a father ambushed at home by two femmes fatales.

THRILL-SEEKER AT HEART

Though ageing has meant a transition from fast-paced action movies to psychological thrillers, Reeves remains a thrill-seeker at heart - and a biker.

He's been a great motorcycle enthusiast since his early 20's, when he bought his first Kawasaki KLR600 during a movie shoot in Germany. His collection has since expanded to include bikes from Harley-Davidson, Moto Guzzi and Suzuki, many times purchasing them for the duration of a film shoot and selling them afterwards.

All in all, he doesn't plan on settling for comfortable roles or slowing down any time soon.

Reeves said: "When I'm 70, maybe taking a motorcycle ride and still doing a little bit of work... maybe [then] I will have the chance to enjoy the day."

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