‘Phoenix and Keanu took their research seriously, hanging out with real street hustlers to tune into the lifestyle of the roles they were to play. It was research that nearly got the pair caught up in a potentially nasty incident in Los Angeles when they were confronted by groups of knife-wielding gang members. “We’d accidentally wandered into the no man’s land between two street gangs. They thought we were invading their territory. It suddenly got very heavy. Both gangs thought we were trying to work their territory,” recalled Keanu of the confrontation. “It was terrifying - and there was no way we could tell them we were actors, they’d have cut us to pieces. We pretended we were ordinary guys - and then ran like hell!”’
- Keanu Reeves: An Excellent Adventure / by Brian J. Robb [Published in 1997]


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