“The bus didn’t even leave the parking lot”: One Major Change to Speed Plot Saved Keanu Reeves’ Speed From Being a Box Office Disaster

A change in the casting after another actress turned it down, the movie managed to showcase the amazing chemistry of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock

one major change to speed plot saved keanu reeves’ speed from being a box office disaster


  • Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves's chemistry in the movie Speed had left many wondering if the two dated
  • But this wouldn't have been possible if actress, Halle Berry, who was the first choice had taken the offer
  • The actress shared that she regretted letting go of the role as when she read the script the bus had never left the parking lot
  • The script of Speed re-written and a lot of scenes were improvised to create the massive hit it became
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Without a doubt, director Jan de Bont’s 1994 movie Speed has left a lasting impact on the action genre. Featuring Sandra Bullock alongside Keanu Reeves, Bullock wasn’t the initial choice for the role as Halle Berry was first approached for the role but the actress declined it. After the release of the film, the actress did regret turning down the part, but Bullock’s performance played a crucial role in making the movie successful.

Keanu Reeves in Speed
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Speed

The script of the film was re-written and many scenes of the film were improvised but in the end, Speed became the seventh-highest-grossing film of 1994 and earned two Academy Awards. Even today, cinephiles label it as one of the best action films in the history of cinema.

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Before Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry was approached for a role in 1994’s Speed

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in Speed
Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in Speed

In 2019, actress Halle Berry appeared for an interview with ET and revealed that she was offered the role of Annie Porter in 1994’s Speed alongside Keanu Reeves,

“I don’t know if you know this, but I was offered Speed before Sandra Bullock. I stupidly said no. But in my defense, when I read the script the bus didn’t leave the parking lot. I was like no, no, no, no. Then I see the movie and I’m like, arrrrghh.”

Even Meryl Streep and Kim Basinger were approached but they both declined. The role eventually went to Sandra Bullock who gave an outstanding performance. Reeves and Bullock’s on-screen chemistry particularly was a treat to watch for the fans and the film became a blockbuster hit, earning roughly $350 million at the global box office against a budget of $30-37 million.

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Halle Berry worked with Keanu Reeves 25 years later

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Berry finally got the opportunity with Keanu Reeves roughly 25 years later in a popular action movie series, John Wick. The actress appeared as Sofia in 2019’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum but the job wasn’t easy. Berry once revealed that she spent 6 months learning martial arts and even broke three ribs during rehearsal.

Despite turning down 1994’s Speed, Berry went on to become one of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry thanks to her hits like Monster’s Ball (2001), Jungle Fever (1991), Bulworth (1998), Die Another Day (2002), X-Men (2000) and Things We Lost in The Fire (2007).

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