My friend Martin has never seen the third Matrix film, but he did once ask if it was “more boring than the second one.” When I told him it was, he expressed extreme disbelief. Nothing, he said, could be more boring than The Matrix Reloaded unless the filmmakers were specifically trying.*
I dedicate this story to Martin.
Keanu Reeves has been in the UK, promoting Henry’s Crime. According to a reader of Aint It Cool, he stopped by “the London school of performing Arts university” (not my case choices). This could mean The London International School of Performing Arts or the The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, or maybe even The BRIT School For Performing Art And Technology.
While at this mystery school, Reeves apparently gave a 45 minute talk about his life as an actor, and then opened up the floor for some good ol’ Q&A. It was then that the bombshell dropped.
I’ll quote verbatim:
Says he met the Wachowski’s (no emphasis on the word brothers), for lunch over Christmas and stated that they had completed work on a two picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of the matrix as Neo. Says the brothers have met with Jim Cameron to discuss the pro’s and con’s of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again. keanu stated that he still has an obligation to the fans to deliver a movie worthy of the title “The Matrix” and he swears this time that the treatment will truly revolutionise the action genre like the first movie.
So Keanu effectively dissed parts two and three in this Q&A? And he says that he feels a duty to recreate that original Matrix feeling? Hmmm.
I’d feel much happier about this story if I could get some corroboration.
UPDATE: Keanu did not give such a talk, say The Playlist. Ignore their headline that say Keanu was never in London (he was, he even did interviews with associates of mine) but he didn’t make these Matrix claims, so let’s forget that.
*Similarly, Martin did once wonder out loud if Ang Lee had been actively trying to make The Hulk as bad as possible. He seemed confused because that theory seemed to be the only rational explanation for what he was seeing, but at the same time, he didn’t expect such postmodern anarchy from somebody like Lee.