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Keanu Reeves’ Co-star Was Reportedly Fired From $1.7 Billion Franchise After Asking For More Money

Keanu Reeves' Co-star Was Reportedly Fired From $1.7 Billion Franchise After Asking For More Money

Films, entertainment, and all its related components run entirely on money and emotion. When Keanu Reeves was featured as Neo in The Matrix back in 1999, the world went crazy. Being hailed as one of the best sci-fi movies to date, The Matrix has had a profound influence on pop culture and the world of cinema.

Money did become an important factor however for Keanu Reeve’s co-star Marcus Chong. The actor was reportedly fired from the franchise for asking for a higher paycheck than the first movie which made the situation a bit harder to control.

Keanu Reeves as NEO in a still from The Matrix
Keanu Reeves as NEO in a still from The Matrix Reloaded

When Keanu Reeves’ Co-star Was Fired For His Demands!

Starring alongside the John Wick actor was American actor Marcus Chong who portrayed the character of Tank in the first movie. Being the operator of Nebuchadnezzar, Tank was a pretty important character in the franchise but he was killed off-screen before the start of The Matrix Reloaded in 2003.

Marcus Chong portrayed the character of Tank in The Matrix (1999).
Marcus Chong portrayed the character of Tank in The Matrix (1999).

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Although the reason was never specified, reports state that the Wachowski sisters, the directors of The Matrix franchise had a problem with Chong. According to sources, Marcus Chong was all set to reprise his role as Tank in the sequel The Matrix Reloaded but was removed from the franchise because he was asking for a higher paycheck.

As per the reports, when Marcus Chong asked for a higher paycheck for his reprisal as Tank in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the Wachowski sisters simply wiped off the character rather than meeting his demands. Although it was a controversial decision, it later turned out to be a not-so-important decision. The people, however, did miss the iconic role of Tank and Marcus Chong.

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Keanu Reeves Will Make A Broadway Appearance Soon!

John Wick: Chapter 4
Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4

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Although the actor hasn’t been seen gracing a theater stage much, Keanu Reeves will allegedly soon make his debut on the big stage with a Broadway play. The actor had previously portrayed characters back in 1993 in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing but hasn’t been seen since.

According to reports, the Constantine actor will soon mark his debut in a Broadway production when the play Waiting For Godot gets a revival. Although the news hasn’t been confirmed yet, there are multiple sources chattering about Reeves’ role in the rumored upcoming play. His recent action flick John Wick: Chapter 4 was widely received by the people and went on to become one of the best action movies in cinemas currently. Maybe the actor is looking for a try at different things and hence, the Broadway play.

Keanu Reeves can be seen portraying the iconic role of John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4 which is screening in theaters across the U.S. As for The Matrix franchise, it is available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: Cheatsheet

Written by Visarg Acharya

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