John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum‘s highly anticipated status has everyone offering up their kingdom to witness the sheer spectacle of Keanu Reeves tearing through New York City on a horse and insisting that this isn’t all due to a pet. Yet there was a time that Reeves felt solid away from Hollywood. Yes, that’s arduous to consider, on condition that his Duke Caboom character is a large motive why persons are additionally wanting ahead to Toy Story 4, however Reeves is spilling just a little tea on his late 1990s snubbing (an excommunicado order in actual life, if you’ll). This and different tidbits surfaced when the Bill and Ted legend sat down for an intensive GQ profile that arrives on newsstands on April 16.
While chatting with author Alex Pappademas, Reeves claims that Fox put him in “movie jail” for a decade as a result of he determined to not do Speed 2. That 1997 sequel (which starred Jason Patric, the returning Sandra Bullock, and a bomb on a cruise ship) tried to make (unbelievable) lightning strike twice and failed whereas solely reaping $48 million on the U.S. field workplace versus the 1994 movie’s $121 million take. Reeves might or might not have smelled a stinker whereas deciding to drag a theater stint as an alternative, however he apparently paid the value:
You’d assume he’d have his alternative of tasks. But you’d be stunned. “Movie jail” is actual. He’s been there. He was excommunicado at Fox for a decade after turning down Speed 2 to go play Hamlet onstage in f*cking Winnipeg: “I didn’t work with [Fox] once more till The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
As kickass as Reeves is as John Wick, he seems to be stunned to be enjoying such a demanding motion function at age 54. Yet whereas Fox saved him off their roster for decade, he clearly fared nicely with Warner Bros. in The Matrix trilogy, which launched in 1999 and reaped practically $600 million within the U.S. and over $1.6 billion globally. Surely, he doesn’t remorse not doing Speed 2 at this level, though John Wick trilogy director Chad Stahelski tells GQ that each studio stated no to the “over-the-hill assassin whose wife dies of natural causes, gives him a puppy, some Russian punk kills his puppy, and he kills 84 people” earlier than Thunder Road Pictures picked up the 2014 first installment that was ultimately distributed by Summit Entertainment.
Reeves’ whole GQ characteristic is nicely value studying and consists of his takes on BLTs on ciabatta bread versus on toast (he’s unsurprisingly old-school on this difficulty). He additionally provides splendidly perceptive suggestions on how his “dude” persona has lingered since first enjoying Ted “Theodore” Logan in 1989, and he discusses how he often nonetheless has “the moments, where you drink the whiskey and you get the records out and you start doing the DJ thing until four in the morning.” Read the complete characteristic, together with Daniel Jackson’s photographs of the fabulously sunglassed-and-sideburned icon, right here.
John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum hits theaters on May 17, 2019.
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