Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Originally Had Butlers in This ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Scene
Bill & Ted Face the Music is finally out and it seems to be pleasing Wyld Stallyns fans. Many people have now seen Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to their iconic roles. Fans might be interested in some of the scenes that didn’t end up getting filmed.
[Spoiler alert: This article includes mild spoilers for Bill & Ted Face the Music.]
Screenwriter Ed Solomon spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his work with co-writer Chris Matheson on the long-awaited Reeves and Winter sequel. Bill & Ted Face the Music is in select theaters and available on VOD now.
‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ screenwriters sent Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter into the future
When Bill & Ted Face the Music begins, Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) still haven’t written the epic song that saves the universe. Bill and Ted try to visit their future selves to get the song they know they eventually write. A lot of the comedy comes from Bill and Ted not getting along with their future selves.
“We realized that gave us an opportunity to do a kind of Christmas Carol type movie,” Solomon said. “We immediately started laughing at the idea that every version of themselves that they meet is worse and worse. That seemed funnier to us, that the guys, especially Ted, would just increasingly not get along with their future selves. Bill actually does pretty well with his future self.”
For Solomon and Matheson, Ted’s animosity towards his future selves stems from his character. The writers and Reeves had planted the seeds in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
“Ted’s inner life which was fomented in the first movie,” Solomon said. “A very, very critical father, no mother around and when he was a teeanger, he dealt with it in his own way, which was light and breezy and floating above it. Now, the realities of life especially as he gets older have weighed on him. You see that coming out in Ted’s psyche. To me that makes for a very fascinating comedic performance by Keanu. Chris and I just always laughed at this idea that the Teds don’t get along with each other.”
These future Bill & Teds had butlers
First, Bill & Ted go two years into the future to find themselves playing an empty dive bar. Next they go five years, when their future selves try to trick them. A famous rock star has a cameo in that scene too. Solomon and Matheson were intended to cameo as well.
“Originally, Chris and I wrote ourselves as butlers in the scene where Bill and Ted are pretending to be really successful rock stars,” Solomon said. “In the second scene that Bill and Ted visit themselves, when it’s five years in the future and they’re seeming to be very successful, Chris and I wrote ourselves as Butlers who were essentially homeless guys that Bill and Ted hired to pretend to be butlers.”
Solomon admits it might have been a little presumptuous to have written themselves a rather large cameo. The scene belongs to Reeves and Winter, and that rock star cameo.
“It was a bit of a bigger role,” Solomon said. “We had fake English accents. I think Dean Parisot, the director, was probably correctly concerned that we would ruin the movie if we had such a big role. So we got cut.”
The writers still got to appear with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter
Solomon and Matheson settled for a smaller cameo as demons Bill and Ted meet in Hell. Even that proved nerve-wracking for the writers, even though they’d known Reeves and Winter for decades and had cameos in the previous films.
“It wasn’t until the last minute that he let us play those roles as the demons in Hell,” Solomon said. “I’m glad we did although I have to say, acting with Alex and Keanu was intimidating and I was scared out of my mind. Afterwards, for the next three days, I went through a spinout thinking that I might have destroyed the movie, fearing, hoping I didn’t destroy the movie.”