Keanu Reeves hits Cannes bloated but cleans up nice for his movie

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When Keanu Reeves first arrived at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, he was turning heads for a whole different reason than he normally does. The actor, who has always been pretty in-shape, appeared bloated. It's hard to dodge bullets and run up walls with the extra weight, so it was a bit surprising to see.

The next day is a whole different story, though. Keanu showed up for his movie's photo call, on May 20, looking far more like the actor people are used to. He'd had a shave, was nicely groomed and dressed to impress. Well, as dressed as he gets, anyway.

The movie Keanu is in Cannes promoting is actually his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The film is loosely based on the life of Tiger Chen, a stuntman Reeves befriended while making "The Matrix." The film stars Chen as a stuntman and martial arts expert who struggles to maintain traditional values in a modern society.

Directing is something Reeves knew he wanted to try, and the actor spent five years developing the film's script, according to Reuters. "It was also tied to getting older," the 48-year-old Reeves says of his decision to direct. The movie is in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. In addition to directing, Keanu also acts in the film. Whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

"Man of Tai Chi" has no announced release date yet.
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