Keanu Reeves Can Do Something With ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Co-Star Alex Winter He Can’t Do in Any Other Movie
Keanu Reeves has done it all in his career. He’s done action, drama, horror, comedy, romance… Yet he says he has something with Bill & Ted partner Alex Winter he doesn’t have on any other movie. That’s why he was so happy to return for Bill & Ted Face the Music.
Reeves spoke at Zoom press conference for the third film. Showbiz Cheat Sheet has more interviews coming with Reeves’ costars and filmmakers. Bill & Ted Face the Music is in theaters and VOD Aug. 28, but first Reeves shares what separates these movies from the John Wicks and Matrixes of his filmography.
Keanu Reeves says Bill and Ted are older now
Reeves and Alex Winter were twentysomethings when they first played Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves). That was an appropriate age to be playing high school heavy metal dudes. 30 years later they had to address that they were playing Bill and Ted in their 50s.
“It’s been many years since we’d seen them last,” Reeves said. “During those years they’ve lived life. They’ve got more mature daughters and the relationship with their wives. So to play these guys who are still familiar but not caricatures of themselves from the past, and be present so that we feel the weight of these guys as well as their joy and their lightness and their spirit.”
Fans have loved ‘Bill & Ted’ no matter what movie Keanu Reeves makes
Reeves has stretched over the years, with films like The Devil’s Advocate and The Gift. John Wick is certainly not for kids, but wherever he goes he still meets Bill & Ted fans.
“We’ve experienced meeting people who’ve met us and said, ‘Wow, it’s you guys’ and we’re like, ‘Hi.’” Reeves said. “Then they’re telling us how they’ve shown the film to their kids. Then we’ve met those kids. I haven’t had that experience of ‘I’ve never seen them but I saw the third one.’ Hopefully they’ll enjoy it.”
This is something he can’t find in any non-Alex Winter movie
Reeves speaks highly of all his films and collaborators. Just look at his 15th anniversary retrospective on Constantine. Still, there’s something unique and special about Bill & Ted.
“So many warm moments with fans and for me, it’s such an honor to work with Alex,” Reeves said. “The way that we can share our sense of humor and laugh in the work is something I don’t get anywhere else. It’s pretty extraordinary. I’m pretty grateful for it. Thanks, Alex.”
The first day of making Bill & Ted Face the Music brought all those feelings back for Reeves.
“Our first day was getting into the phone booth, or actually in the phone booth,” Reeves said. “We still had to get into the phone booth and I think that’s where it landed for us. Okay, here we go. But I thought it was cool that we got to do it in the phone booth. Somehow that was kind of like a touchstone.”
The message of Bill & Ted Face the Music remains the same as the first two films. Wyld Stallyns tells people to be excellent to each other and party on.
“I think it’s relevant all the time,” Reeves said. “I guess now it has a certain more impact just because of the situation that we find ourselves in. The idea of be excellent to each other I think is a very good idea.”