The shooting of “Matrix Resurrections”, the fourth opus of the mythical saga of the Wachowski sisters, was for Keanu Reeves the opportunity to show that he is indeed one of the bosses of action cinema by ensuring himself the vast majority. of its waterfalls. He recently unveiled which, for this film, had seemed the most intense.
Keanu Reeves, king of action heroes
If Tom Cruise is the emperor of the action, then Keanu Reeves is the king. The second indeed maintains a similarity with the first, namely that he performs most of his stunts himself. Whether for the saga John wick or for the new one Matrix, the actor of 57 years does not balk at the physical expenditure. A philosophy of play that he had explained to the magazine First in May 2019.
There is this idea: to have the possibility of playing the same character during an entire sequence. Not having to cut into a scene helps maintain emotional tension. You are angry, and there bam! You’re going to shoot the bad guy, and you’re still the one playing the game. No cut with a cascading liner. That’s the whole philosophy.
Since Point Break and Speed, undoubtedly the two films that established him as a key player in action cinema, Keanu Reeves therefore sits at the top of the genre and we are not surprised to see him still and always master the gun fights like hand-to-hand combat. Most recently, on the show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he answered the question of what had been on the set of Matrix Resurrections its most impressive waterfall.
“Carrie and I took each other’s hands and we jumped …”
Keanu Reeves didn’t walk away and responded with a smile, especially since he didn’t spoil anything: the footage in question can be seen in the first trailer for Matrix Resurrections. It is for a jump with Carrie-Anne Moss that Keanu Reeves has fully invested, and not just any: a jump from the roof of a building of about 46 floors.
Jump off a building … I’ll say about 46 stories. It’s Matrix, and we want natural light and we want to do it realistically. Obviously there are cables. So Carrie and I took each other’s hands and jumped out of the building. We have done it maybe 19, 20 times.
In addition, the actor explains that he is always able to accomplish his stunts and to invest himself completely for physical sequences. The only difference with his younger years is that he has to look at “recovery” in a more rigorous way. We can therefore be reassured, We haven’t finished seeing Keanu Reeves providing the best action sequences himself that today’s cinema can offer!
Matrix Resurrections arrives in our rooms December 22, 2021.