MARQUETTE, Man. — In the small rural community of Marquette, Man., it isn't unusual to bump into your neighbours. But these days, residents are bumping into Hollywood star Keanu Reeves.
"I think he was using the bathroom," said Marquette resident Tayvia Dorge with a laugh. "So we waited and got a photo with him."
The star of "The Matrix" and "John Wick" was in Marquette to shoot his latest movie, "Siberia."
"It's cool, you know?" resident Lee McRae told CTV Winnipeg. "He's been in lots of blockbusters, so to have him come to middle of the nowhere — Marquette — is kind of a cool deal."
The small town has a cool role to play, quite literally. It's standing in for Siberia, the setting of the film.
That meant the town was transformed using some Hollywood magic. A Russian billboard went up, vehicles with Russian licence plates are on set, and the exterior of Bonnie Lawrence's house underwent an extreme makeover, turning it into a bit of a junkyard.
She said it's an exciting time, but a little overwhelming too “because all of a sudden it's an invasion.”
It will be a short-lived one. The lights, cameras and action will shift to another location in the coming days, leaving just memories of Hollywood for the people of Marquette.
Jon Hendricks, CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press