But Keanu was nor really cut out to be a comedic actor; his mumbling James Dean style was more suited to quirky indy dramas with gay subtexts, such as The Brotherhood of Justice (1986), about a group of shirtless teenagers becoming vigilantes to fight crime in their gritty urban neighborhood, and Dangerous Liaisons (1988), with 18th century French aristocrats play seduction games.
By this point, I assumed that Keanu was gay in real life, or at least a strong ally who would give us many open gay characters, or at least a series of gay-subtext buddy-bonds. My friend Will claimed to have hooked up with him during the summer of 1986.
But then I was subjected to a decade of dreary "fade-out kiss" actioners and romances full of heterosexist statements like "every man is searching for the woman he was destined to be with": Speed, A Walk in the Clouds, Chain Reaction, The Matrix, The Replacements, Sweet November.
Where were the gay characters? Where were the gay subtexts? Where was the plain old inclusivity?
I felt betrayed, and gave up on Keanu altogether. I haven't seen any of his movies since 2001.
See also: River Phoenix: Running on Empty; Will and Scott's Wild Night with Keanu Reeves.