Stars out in force for The Matrix

It was hailed as the movie event of the year . . . the premiere of this summer's new blockbuster - The Matrix Reloaded - and the stars were out in force in Hollywood.

Hundreds of screaming fans queued around the block for a glimpse of the movie's stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci and British twins Neil and Adrian Rayment - as well as premiere guests Demi Moore and Darryl Hannah.

Reloaded, which is expected to top the first film's $460 million (£306 million) box office take within weeks, features more special effects, more fight scenes and a first look at the human city of Zion - buried deep below the ground.

"It's great to be part of something with so much excitement around it," said Reeves, who plays messianic figure Neo.

The actor, who was dressed in Matrix black for the premiere was greeted by cheers from female fans who had queued since the morning at Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles.

The traditional red carpet was black for the occasion.

"This is crazy," said Reeves above the noise of the crowd.

"It's always great to be at a premiere - especially in terms of a film which I love so much. It's like being a movie star."

Reeves, 39 , who spent seven weeks perfecting his major fight scene - before presenting each of the 12 stuntmen who helped him with a new Harley Davidson by way of thanks - said they had enabled him to make "one of the great movie fight scenes in the history of cinema".

"It's unstoppably watchable," said Fishburne, 41, who plays Morpheus. "You're all in for a real treat."

British twins Adrian and Neil Rayment - who play the Evil Twins - arrived in matching white suits and dark sunglasses.

The pair posed for the crowd and pulled martial arts moves for the cameras.

"This is the first time we've seen anything like this," said Neil.

"We love being the bad guys. All the bad guys get the best stuff. Fast cars, neat clothes and great looking girls."

And almost before Matrix fans have had their fill of Reloaded, the final episode in the trilogy - Matrix Revolutions - will appear at cinema screens on 5 November.

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