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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.