‘Fake interview’ tussle between The Star and Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves, star of the John Wick movies, was quoted as saying he was “the lonely guy”. (Youtube screengrab)

PETALING JAYA: A US correspondent for The Star’s lifestyle portal was yesterday accused of fabricating an interview with Hollywood heartthrob Keanu Reeves, with the actor’s publicist claiming that the action star never gave an interview to star2.com.

The journalist, Philip Berk has however denied the claim, but acknowledged that a contentious quotation – “I’m the lonely guy” – had been taken from a previous interview.

Reeves’ representative had disputed the article, in which the 54-year-old star supposedly confessed to being lonely, when asked what romantic love meant to him.

He was quoted as saying: “You mean romantic love? You know, I’m the lonely guy. I don’t have anyone in my life.” Pressed to explain, Reeves was said to have played coy. “I don’t concern myself with it that much. I’m an actor, so in terms of what you’re asking about, I have no answer,” he was reported as saying.

However, Reeves’ spokesperson told HuffPost (formerly the Huffington Post) the interview had not taken place.

“This was pieced together from several interviews and the majority of these questions were not asked nor answered. They are fabricated,” the rep was quoted as saying.

The Star said today that Berk’s interview with Reeves was for his fortnightly column Hollywood Confidential, published in the daily’s lifestyle section.

The daily said Berk, a member and former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had denied the accusation, saying the interview with the actor took place at the Four Seasons New York in April, at a press conference for Reeves to promote his new movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

According to star2.com Berk had clarified that the “lonely guy” comment did come from a previous interview he had with Reeves, and that he refuted “the unverified allegation that he fabricated any of his interviews with the actor”.