With their latest film based on an exchange of love letters, it was only appropriate that Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were greeted at its Tokyo premiere with a shower of similar missives. And the duo, who are renowned for their on-screen chemistry, looked thrilled by the gesture.
The pair are in the Japanese capital to publicise romantic drama The Lake House, a tale of two lovers united by letters but divided by time, based on the 2000 South Korean film Siworae.
No fan of modern technology, 42-year-old Keanu took the opportunity to extol the virtues of handwritten correspondence at the press conference. The Matrix actor told assembled reporters he believes e-mail will never be able to re-create the intimacy of personalised love letters and their ability to conjure up a loved one. "You can see their handwriting, you can hear their voice, smell their scent, it's part of them. It's fantastic," he enthused.
Sandra, who also shared the screen with Keanu in Speed, is apparently also a fan of billet-doux. "I don't think we should ever lose the art of sending a letter," agreed the gorgeous brunette. "It might be time-consuming, but the person who receives it will always have it."
The popular actress, who was stunning in a strapless black dress for the city-centre screening, recently revealed she has kept in touch with the Matrix actor in the old-fashioned way. "We've done that with each other... he refuses to use a computer so you can't e-mail him!"