When Keanu Reeves felt like an outcast

IANS| Updated: Dec 26, 2013, 15:57 PM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves says while filming `47 Ronin` with all-Japanese cast, he felt like an outcast.

He plays the outcast character Kai in the film based on a classic Japanese tale about 47 Samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master.

“Even though everyone was really nice to me and we got along great and it developed great, I still couldn`t hang out and speak Japanese, so in a way I was always Kai. I could say `Good morning,` and `Nice to meet you,` and all that, but I couldn`t hang out,” Reeves said in a statement.

But the language barrier didn’t come in his way of other things like learning to use the Katana, the traditional Japanese long sword.

“I`d never worked with a Katana before, that was fun. Even though it`s a fake fight and it`s movie fighting, you still have to have technique. I`m a beginner, but I got to be very specific, so that helped. I`ve always been drawn to eastern culture,” he said.

Universal Pictures International India`s `47 Ronin` will release in India Jan 3, 2014, in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.