“I want to make a movie like that”: Monica Bellucci Got Her Prayers Answered After Being Floored by Keanu Reeves in $1.7B Franchise

"I want to make a movie like that": Monica Bellucci Got Her Prayers Answered After Being Floored by Keanu Reeves in $1.7B Franchise
Featured Video

Before the John Wick movies cemented Keanu Reeves as one of the most badass actors in the industry, it was The Matrix movies that launched him into stardom and revolutionized the sci-fi landscape. Despite being one of the most influential movies of all time, the hype around the IP eventually washed off after the two underwhelming sequels and the failure of the recent film.


However, before things turned worse for the franchise after the sequels, the hype for The Matrix Reloaded was enormous, with fans excited to see how Neo’s story unfolds. Among them, one of them was Monica Belluci, who was astonished by the first movie and eventually got a chance to star in the highly anticipated sequel.

Also read: “I could barely stand straight, I couldn’t do the scene” Keanu Reeves Co-star Carrie Anne Moss Was Miserable While Shooting One Particular Scene in The Matrix

Keanu Reeves as Neo
Keanu Reeves

Monica Bellucci was enthralled after being offered to star in The Matrix Reloaded 

Following her performance in The Apartment, which shot her to stardom, Monica Bellucci soon got the opportunity to star in the sequel of one of her most beloved movies. Considering that after watching The Matrix, Monica Bellucci was adamant about making something like that, getting the opportunity to star in its sequel was a dream come true for the actress. After the Wachowskis called her to offer the role of Persephone, Monica Bellucci was fascinated by the opportunity. While reflecting on the experience Monica Bellucci stated,

“I went to see Matrix, the first one, and I came out from the theater and I said, ‘Oh my God, I want to make a movie like that.’ And then, I was in America presenting Malèna, and the Wachowskis called me. They wanted to meet me. And they offered me Persephone. I was so happy. Then I was in Sydney, shooting the movie. That’s the story. That’s the way it is”

Even though the sequel failed to live up to its predecessor’s height, the scene of Monica Bellucci’s Persephone sharing a passionate kiss with Reeves’ Neo remains one of the highlights of the movie. However, it seems that the first movie that ended up leaving a huge impact on the fans and the actress, might not ended up being the case as Keanu Reeves almost lost the role due to injuries.

Also read: “There was so much kissing and all this time in bed”: Diane Keaton Found Keanu Reeves “Hot”, Yet She Was Humiliated While Kissing the Matrix Star

Monica Bellucci in The Matrix Reloaded
Monica Bellucci in The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Keanu Reeves almost lost the role of Neo in The Matrix due to injuries

Before the John Wick movies, Keanu Reeves was widely known for the role of Neo from The Matrix, but it seems, it might not have ended up being the case, following the actor’s long list of injuries.  Considering that the actor was involved in the filming of Speed and They Call Him Bodhi prior to The Matrix, those movies led the actor to suffer some neck injuries. However, with Reeves adamant about doing The Matrix, he decided to keep his struggles a secret, which eventually resulted in the actor going through surgeries. Reeves explained the situation by stating,

“I said yes to Matrix and four months into the training, but it was pretty bad so I went to a neck doctor and I also had spinal stenosis, my spine was being mutilated, basically. I never told anyone because I didn’t want to tell anyone I couldn’t do the movie.”



Written by Santanu Roy

Articles Published: 1437

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.