“People don’t think he’s smart”: Keanu Reeves Was Defended by WB President After John Wick Star Was Called ‘Bad Actor’ Despite Landing $1.7B The Matrix

Keanu Reeves Was Defended by WB President After John Wick Star Was Called 'Bad Actor' Despite Landing $1.7B The Matrix
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Hollywood is a galaxy of stars where glitz and glamour often outshine substance. However, Keanu Reeves is a shining star that defies convention. Despite being tagged as a quintessential heartthrob, he has proven his critics wrong by delivering outstanding performances in various roles over several decades.

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It’s possible that Keanu Reeves doesn’t come to mind immediately when one thinks of the “Method” cast, which also features Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, and Jared Leto. What sets Reeves apart is his unwavering dedication to his craft, which is on par with the most devoted Method actors.

Keanu Reeves: From Skepticism to Iconic

Keanu Reeves in The Matrix
Keanu Reeves in The Matrix

While Day-Lewis and company have become famous for their antics on set, Reeves’ commitment has always stood out as a model of sincerity. The John Wick actor had to put in a lot of time in the gym, be very precise with his movements, and do all of his stunts to pull off the role of John Wick, the ruthless assassin.

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Reeves can fully embody his characters because he does extensive research into their backgrounds, from learning the intricacies of “gun-fu” to riding a horse like a seasoned equestrian. Before playing Neo in The Matrix, Keanu Reeves endured the kind of skepticism and difficulties that would have stopped most people in their tracks.

Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves

Will Smith, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the A-listers who offered the game-changing part but declined for various reasons. Reeves became the story’s unlikely hero amid all these setbacks.

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The actor showed impressive dedication to the film’s unique ideas. Reeves committed himself to intense mental and physical training and even included reading tough philosophical books in his routine.

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura Defends Keanu Reeves’ Genius Mind

The Wachowskis are renowned for their unwavering commitment to their craft. Their groundbreaking visual storytelling in projects like Speed Racer is matched by their ability to create intricate narratives that transcend time, place, and culture, as evidenced in works such as Cloud Atlas.

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Though Keanu Reeves may not have initially understood the full extent of his potential, Lana Wachowski recognized that he was the ideal choice for the role.

“We knew it would take a maniacal commitment from someone, and Keanu was our maniac.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, former president of Warner Bros., saw in Reeves a deep dedication that meshed perfectly with their groundbreaking vision, which led to a performance that shocked audiences and cemented his place in film history.

“One of the great misunderstandings about Keanu is that people don’t think he’s smart. Maybe it’s because of the ‘Bill & Ted’ movies. But Keanu gives me books I cannot make heads nor tails of. And in Keanu, the Wachowskis found somebody who was an intellectual searcher.”

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Despite taking place in the bright lights of Hollywood, Keanu Reeves’ journey is about much more than acting. Reeves defies the stereotype of a shallow actor by devoting considerable time and energy to serious study.

By reading books like Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard, Reeves demonstrates that his interests lie outside Hollywood. His openness to grappling with difficult concepts gives him depth as an artist and prevents him from being boxed in.

Source: Wired

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