Fifteen years after the last Matrix movie, Keanu Reeves can’t get a studio-filmed action role. What’s going on?
Reeves, busy promoting his new indie flick John Wick, says that he’s doing mostly independent films now, but not entirely by choice.
“The last studio movie I did was 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time — probably The Day the Earth Stood Still,” he told IndieWire. “So I haven’t been getting many offers from the studios… it sucks, but it’s just the way it is.
“You can have positive and negative experiences, but what I like about studios are the resources and the worlds that they can create. Obviously, a lot of good filmmakers work on studio movies. Even when I was working on studio movies more often, I was always doing independent movies. So for me, that was just not happening, but I want to keep going, making things, and telling stories. I want to be able to do that — to be an actor, a director, to produce, you know? If we’re going to do a delineation between studio and independent [films], I was always hoping to do both.”
And since that phone is not ringing, he has missed out on two coveted roles.
“I always wanted to play Wolverine,” he told Moviefone. “But I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn’t get that one. They’ve had some great Batmans. So now I’m just enjoying them as an audience.”