Keanu Reeves' First TV Commercial (VIDEO)
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Everyone has to get their start somewhere--even A-list celebrities like Keanu Reeves. Long before he made hearts race in "Speed" and even before he stepped into that time-travelling phone booth in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", Reeves stared in a classic Coca-Cola commercial.
In an unearthed advertisement from a time long before DVR and Hulu, a 16-year-old Reeves strapped on his helmet, put on a pair of bike shorts for a bike race in which an ice cold Coke was his reward for finishing the race in second place. Because a Coke is the first thing you want after completing a bike race, obviously.
We bet Reeves would have gone a lot faster if he knew there was a ticking time bomb under his seat.
But the real emotion of the 30 second commercial comes when another competitor asks a worn out Reeves, "Who's your coach?"
And in the actor's classic surfer-guy speech, he replies, "My daaaad."
A few months ago, Reeves confirmed to MTV that a long-gestating sequel to the classic films "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" is on its way, with a draft of a screenplay nearly finished.
And while you're at it, check out some other A-list celebrities that got their humble starts in the commercial business.
Brad Pitt, Pringles
Matt LeBlanc, Heinz Ketchup
Elijah Wood, Pizza Hut
Meg Ryan, AIM Toothpaste
Leonardo DiCaprio, Bubble Yum
Keanu Reeves, Corn Flakes
Morgan Freeman, Listerine
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Burger King
Dakota Fanning, Tide
Elle Fanning, Target
Demi Moore, Diet Coke
Ashley Tisdale, T-Mobile
Ben Affleck, Burger King
Evangeline Lilly, Live Links
Abigail Breslin, Toys "R" Us
Paul Rudd, Super Nintendo
Steve Carell, Brown's Chicken
Seth Green, Nerf
Bruce Willis, Seagrams Wine Coolers
Channing Tatum, Mountain Dew
Jack Black, Pitfall Video Game
John Travolta, Safeguard Bath Soap