Day the Earth Stood Still

Sci-fi fan Keanu Reeves jumped at alien role

Growing up in the 1970s, the Canadian-born Reeves, 44, said he loved the “Stars Wars” movies and read books like “1984″ and “Brave New World.”

As in the original “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” humans react with panic and terror when an alien craft lands in New York and an alien Klaatu (Reeves), backed up by the towering, indestructible robotic figure of Gort, emerges to warn people and world leaders that the planet is facing a crisis.

Your site erroneously lists Mr. Reeves as Canadian-born. In fact, he was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He said it publicly on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

Romulus

The original film is set in Washington DC. No SF fans at Reuters?

S.K.

Thanks. We corrected both points: GBU Editor.

REUTERS photo by Jorge Dan Lopez

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Do not, I reapeat do not waste your time or money on this joke of a movie.

Can we please stop with the political statements.

Change, where have I heard that lately? Little boy’s father, killed in the evil war. If we would all just listen to the Aliens, go back to cave man days all would be well with world.

The origianl was classic- this is a joke

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Keanu Reeves is the perfect actor for this role, as he has been for most of his other pictures, the Matrix series being perhaps the most well known of his work in this genre.

As for the film itself, I give it 2 thumbs up+.

Or to put it another way, if there really are ETs out there somewhere quietly watching our little planetoid and what is currently taking place here, I would not be surprised at all if they have already determined we are basically an errant, toxic lifeform, but the planet herself is worth saving.