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TIFF 2009


Keanu Reeves won’t comment on beard, fans dismayed by facial hair


Keanu Reeves (is he giving us the stink eye?), director Rebecca Miller and Robin Wright Penn

We’re sure Keanu Reeves’s new film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is great, but we were distracted throughout its press conference yesterday by his long scraggly hair and beard reminiscent of a Queer Eye candidate. Or a homeless person. A homeless person who makes millions of dollars.


Reminder: Robin Wright Penn is 43

“I’m afraid I can’t answer that question until I speak to my people,” he said in response to whether he put much thought into his festival facial hair.

Later that evening, we waited for Reeves and co-star Robin Wright Penn to walk the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for the gala premiere of the film. “I hope he’s clean shaven,” said one fan. She remained optimistic after we reported our beard sighting. “Maybe he’ll shave on the way here.”

But the one-time Torontonian showed up without any evidence of coming into contact with a Mach3. He also wore the same suit black suit, black T-shirt and hiking boots from the press conference. It was a complete contrast to Wright Penn, who arrived in a smoking leather-like strapless dress with strappy stilettos. For a second, we thought she was a 20-something starlet (Blake Lively, who plays a young Pippa Lee, was rumoured to show) until she turned toward us. The actors posed for a few photos together, making it the weirdest pairing we’ve seen on the red carpet so far.

  • sam

    she looks fantastic, love the shoes.
    he’s as gorg as ever.

  • Aly

    I can’t believe she wore that. She’s looking like a twenty something not a 40 something. It’s making her look a bit sleazy, and not really flattering at all. Is she trying out for a stripper position?

  • Aly

    She’s pretty but the outfit isn’t right for her. I’ve seen her in nice outfits before but this is terrible.

  • Aly

    Keanu, i love your facial hair … :)

  • Eeyore

    Robin looks like she’s trying a little too hard to show Sean Penn what he walked away from, I am not saying she isn’t a good looking woman but that dress just does not do her justice.
    Keanu is gorgeous and I love the long hair and the beard, I hope this is has something to do with Henry’s Crime. Please if there is a god let this be the look for Henry’s Crime

  • ghd

    i love your facial hair …….