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The Beatific Imperfection of Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, 20 Years Later & Will Smith turned down Neo



-Keanu Reeves is an outlier in the action genre, he's not like Tom Cruise (deft defying stunts) or Will Smith (jokey charisma) or the muscled glossy men of the MCU.
-In the wake of Neo, more unconventional action leads took place. (Tobey Maguire in Spiderman, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, James McAvoy in Wanted, Michael Cera SPVTW, Matt Damon Bourne, Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux, and Kate Beckinsale in Underworld)
-The Matrix FX showed that any star can be a viable action star.His masculinity in the film is vulnerable and fluid in his movements and actions.
-"Reeves has British, Chinese, and Native Hawaiian ancestry, and his love of Hong Kong action flicks echoes in later works, like his directorial debut The Man of Tai Chi and the John Wick franchise."
-The Wachowskis believe that humanity can be saved through love which is refreshing tbh.
-"Reeves has proven over the roughly 30 years of his acting career to be an essentially generous and curious performer with a near-beatific ability to be utterly present."
-"As we watch him rebound from navigating a maze of cubicles with only the voice of a stranger as his guide to joyfully showcasing Yuen Woo-ping’s ecstatic fight choreography, we feel not only the wonder of this world the Wachowskis have created, but the joy of witnessing a star go supernova."



-Said that he was confused by The Wachowskis (Also please come back/don't disappear from cinema/tv!) approach/meeting about the film. Val Kilmer was their original choice for Morpheus and he turned it down to be in Wild Wild West (Which Will regrets).
-“So I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”







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Tags: film - action / adventure, film - science fiction, keanu reeves, will smith
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