Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reloaded - with All the Matrix of the Trade

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reloaded - with All the Matrix of the Trade

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Byline: By Anita Singh

The most hyped movie release of the year came to Cannes last night, with the European premiere of The Matrix: Reloaded.

Keanu Reeves and Co stepped out to a rapturous reception from thousands of fans.

It may not be an official competition, but the movie is undoubtedly one of the film festival's biggest draws.

At the gala screening, Reeves was joined by fellow cast members Laurence Fishburne, Monica Bellucci, Jada Pinkett-Smith and a pregnant Carrie-Anne Moss.

Also there were twins Neil and Adrian Rayment, the film's most unlikely stars.

They are familiar to British TV viewers as the handymen from DIY show Better Homes, with Carol Vorderman. But they also happen to be black belts in karate and were whisked away to join the Matrix cast after producers spotted their potential.

All the stars had to undergo intensive martial arts training for the movie's fight scenes.

Fishburne said: "The Rayment boys came in and their martial arts skills really were wonderful. …

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