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Speed Demons

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunite. Remain calm.

By Fred Topel

Movie: The Lake House
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock
Studio: Warner Bros.

At last, the dynamic duo from Speed has reunited. It’s been 12 years since we witnessed an attractive man and an attractive woman sharing tender moments on a bus that can’t slow down. The Lake House is something completely different: an attractive man and an attractive woman sharing tender moments through time. Keanu Reeves plays an architect who moves into a lake house once occupied by lonely doctor Sandra Bullock. After he writes a letter to the “old” occupant, he receives a reply saying she still lives there. It turns out that they are living two years apart in time, and through their magic mailbox, they are able to correspond and fill their otherwise empty lives. But they can never catch up to each other, no matter how hard they try to violate the space/time continuum.

The Wave: How do you get your mind around the complex sci-fi nature of this story?
Sandra Bullock:
You don’t. You can’t get your mind around life. That’s the biggest sci-fi experience there is. So I think the less you think about it, and just react like people normally react to a bizarre situation, the easier it is. Once you start to overthink it, it gets a little tricky.

TW: Keanu’s done some sci-fi. Did he help you with that element?
He did. He did actually try and help me through some stuff. I’m a very logical person but he’s got a good way of barreling right into it, where, I like to dissect and circle around.

TW: Think you guys will win the MTV Movie Award this time for your kiss?
Who cares about MTV? It did great by me, so I don’t care. I don’t kiss for the masses. That’s my statement for today. Keanu?

Keanu Reeves: Oh, I think it will rate right up there.

SB: With anything Jim Carrey’s done.

KR: Yeah, there’s such a war of words now between Jim Carrey and I in the MTV kissing contest.

TW: Since your characters are separated by two years in the film, how much time did you actually spend together?
I guess we filmed about two weeks together. It helped that we’ve kept in contact over the years and we like each other, so it was kind of instant rapport.

SB: Instant rapport. It’s like Nescafé. You just add a little hot water and there you have us.

TW: Keanu, are you glad you didn’t do Speed 2?
Yeah, Keanu.

KR: What about it?

SB: He was smart then. He had good people surrounding him at the time going, “Not a good idea. Speed on a boat going 10 knots looks like it’s pretty much standing still.” And you never called to say, “Don’t do it.”

KR: [Silence]

SB: Yeah, you never called. Well, there you have it. The silence should be golden.

TW: Everyone has email now. Do you still write letters?
I love ’em. We do. We’ve done it with each other. Plus, he refuses to use a computer or have email.

KR: No, my friends have computers, so I can kind of adjunct on: “Can you do this for me?”

SB: But [a letter’s] historic. You have it in your hands, something tangible. You have to make the effort of writing it out, getting the address, sending it, and you have something you can pull out to remember. You can always pull up your email out of your file, or print it out and hold it, but it’s not the same thing as a letter. You know, it came from someone’s hand.

KR: It seems to call something from you, from oneself, when you write a letter sometimes. There’s a different kind of intention maybe.

TW: Can people really fall in love through writing without meeting?
Falling in love and having a relationship or living together are two different things. But, yeah, I can imagine that one can.

SB: If you’re being honest in the way that you’re expressing yourself. I think there are a lot of harsh realities where people present themselves as one thing, and then they see the person and meet the person as something completely different. I think people are more open via email and in letters because you go, “There’s nothing to lose, because I’m not face to face and I won’t have the humiliation that way.” If he says, “I don’t want to write you anymore,” you go, “Oh, that’s fine, I’m cool.” And you’re crying and they don’t see it. Yes and no, really.

TW: How much has really changed since 2004?
Oh, there’s a long list. Go ahead, you start.

KR: I don’t have a long list. It’s all pretty amazing to me.

SB: The progress is that much more speedy. Every six months there’s something new with technology or revelations, or technology allows us to go back in history and figure something else out, and it’s just that much more rapid because of the advancement of technology and science. 2004 seems like such a long time ago. I was such a child back then.

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