Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is hoping to keep his latest project out of wide release.

Lawyers for the 43-year-old actor are asking a Los Angeles judge to keep any videotaped deposition of Reeves under wraps.

The Matrix star is facing a suit from paparazzo Alison Silva, who says he was purposefully knocked down by Reeves' Porsche last November, resulting in "serious injuries" that caused pain and suffering and severely limited the photog's earnings capacity. Silva is seeking unspecified damages and his counsel wants to depose Reeves to prove allegations of negligence, assault and battery.

The thesp's lawyer, David J. Ozeran, filed a motion with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth A. Grimes to keep both the deposition and transcripts away out of public view, fearing it would be an unexcellent adventure for the Bill & Ted player.

"If obtained by the media, the videotape will undoubtedly by analyzed frame by frame in an attempt to embarrass Mr. Reeves," the petition states. "Similarly, the transcript of the deposition will be analyzed line by line for any embarrassing or awkward response or misstatement on the part of Mr. Reeves."

Before being hired by Reeves, Ozeran's firm successfully won a court order sealing a Lindsay Lohan's deposition in a suit brought by a busboy after a traffic mishap. The actress wound up settling before she could be deposed.

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