Why Keanu's Career Wasn't The Same After Turning Down This Role

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  • Published on:  Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • If there's one thing that movie fans everywhere seem to be able to agree on, it's that Keanu Reeves is a pretty awesome guy. But although his career is going great nowadays, Reeves once spent over a decade blacklisted by one of Hollywood's biggest studios. So just why was he thrown into "movie jail" for 11 long years?

    Before you can really understand why Keanu Reeves spent so long out in the wilderness, you've first got to understand the events leading up to his exile. And for that, you've got to start at the beginning of his career. After featuring opposite Rob Lowe in a forgettable yet strangely successful hockey movie called Youngblood, Reeves caught the world's attention with River's Edge, a controversial movie about apathetic teens and the killing of a young girl. Soon, Reeves was showing up in way bigger films — such as Dangerous Liaisons, which starred the likes of John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, and Michelle Pfieffer. Then, of course, he was cast as one of his most iconic characters: the laid-back, time-traveling wannabe rock star, Theodore Logan of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    From there, he went on to prove his action skills by catching waves and busting bank robbers in Point Break. Granted, Reeves also made a couple of missteps early in his career — for example, he proved to the world he's incapable of doing an English accent with back-to-back performances in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Much Ado About Nothing. But by this point, Reeves' career was speeding forward nonetheless... and the actor was about to make a huge leap from up-and-comer to blockbuster king.

    Watch the video to see why Keanu's career wasn't the same after turning down this role!

    #KeanuReeves #Keanu #YoureBreathtaking

    Killing it | 0:19
    The need for Speed | 1:29
    Cruising for trouble | 2:35
    Time out | 3:39
    The devil's in the details | 4:52
    Script problems | 5:50
    Shipwrecked | 6:30
    Movie jail | 7:32
    Life behind bars | 8:48
  • Source: https://youtu.be/-djTJV_V7gs


  • Looper


     3 months ago +527

    Something Something breathtaking.

  • kha me

    kha me

     23 hours ago

    Who cares John Wick 4 is gonna come out

  • Tony DelAguila

    Tony DelAguila

     7 days ago

    One movie Keanu was in that no one seems to talk about was "The Replacements" this is one of my favorite moves. If you haven't seen it do check it out! He has the greatest line ever: "I know you're tired and I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn't be our style..... Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever." ....Awesome!!!

  • Snarfsnarfff


     7 days ago

    His acting is awful but we love him regardless. He proves you dont have to step on peoples throats to make it to the top. Nice guys win sometimes.

  • x plicit poop

    x plicit poop

     7 days ago

    Would be a good supporting character in Dr.strange

  • Dana Church

    Dana Church

     7 days ago

    I enjoyed chain reaction "woah"

  • Dana Church

    Dana Church

     7 days ago

    He just needs to stick to lines like "thought not" he's perfect if he's not talking.
    I suggest stopping at "yeah I'm thinking I'm back." After that it hurts. Just shoot bad guys.

  • American Patriot

    American Patriot

     7 days ago

    God Bless him. Keanu is an easily likable guy. Continued good fortune.

  • Sayyed Kamaludheen

    Sayyed Kamaludheen

     7 days ago

    Speed 1
    Devil's Advocate
    The Matrix Sequel (Matrix 4 soon!)
    John Wick Sequel (John Wick 4!)
    Toy Story 4
    Cyberpunk 2077

    ~ Keanu Reeves still rocks the internet.
    And he still keeps the line at having a humble life!

    (Fox is always the dumb one. Always thought why Keanu doesn't show up in high budget movies, now I know why.
    They shouldn't have made Speed 2 even when he showed them that the script was stupid and they blamed him for it! Keanu deserved better than being movie jailed.
    Too good they got taken down hard by Disney.)

  • Jorge Salas

    Jorge Salas

     7 days ago

    Speed 2 is not a good idea for many reasons

  • G- 13

    G- 13

     7 days ago +1

    He made the right choice .. we might have never got matrix if he stayed with fox..

  • Nelida Amedee

    Nelida Amedee

     7 days ago

    Lake house is not subparr. Just because it is not action like his usual films. Keanu Reeves is also a dramatic actor in case you have not notice.

  • GamblerMarco


     7 days ago

    This is BS... wanna tell me which 11 years of hollywood blacklisting you are even talking about since 1984???? he has made at least one movie every friggin year since 1984.... he was never blacklisted from movies for a decade.. so much BS.. this channel must be backed by Fox News... Alternate facts

  • daniel moore

    daniel moore

     7 days ago +1

    Another over rated actor...
    "John Wick has been good to me.."

  • Kilroy was here!

    Kilroy was here!

     14 days ago

    May I suggest this could be a good time to mend things between Foxx and Reeves, with Speed 3 assuming Sandra is willing

  • Prajakta Angal

    Prajakta Angal

     14 days ago

    I liked 47 Ronin movie

  • djb


     14 days ago

    No one speaks about the Boogeyman that way!! Reeves is amazing , if he turned it down there was a good reason.

  • John Paul Kariithi

    John Paul Kariithi

     14 days ago

    best decision of his life. Speed 2 could have killed his career.

  • I wood

    I wood

     14 days ago

    He did the right thing and that's why pros like him dont do movie for a long time when everything sucks

  • Greg Kelmis

    Greg Kelmis

     14 days ago