I need some clarity on an acting career that many sort of dismiss, and probably rightfully so, but yet, his body of work is pretty damn impressive, and I’m not sure what to make of it.
Iconic roles in Bill and Ted’s, The Matrix, Speed, Point Break
Mostly action stuff, but he also has some roles like
My Own Private Idaho
Much Ado About Nothing
The Devil’s Advocate
Something’s Gotta Give
All various roles. Different. Not the Will Smith playbook, Keanu does take chances. He does movies that aren’t “him”
He did sequels for The Matrix, but I kinda think he was forced into it, and had no choice. That movie demanded it.
But he wisely backed out of Speed 2. And Bill and Ted’s is his only other sequel, whereas Will has tried to get several of his movies franchised.
We saw Matthew come out of nowhere to win Oscar, and probably Emmy in the same damn year. Another guy with a decent resume, who was never taken seriously.
I don’t know if Keanu has that depth, but he’s not a Hollywood guy like a Cruise or Smith, and he’s not the brilliance of acting like a DDL or Bale. Clooney gets by as a pretty boy, yet he’s had Oscar type buzz before, Keanu hasn’t come close that I can think of.
So what is it that keep Keanu working for 30+ years, doing different projects, not rattling any cages, but not garnering a lot of praise either?
He’s considered a below average actor, but would he really have this resume, without all the Hollywood schmoozing most have to go thru to get roles?
He’s worked with all kinds, Morgan Freeman, Pacino, Busey, Fishburne, Sandra, Spader, Charlize, Oldman, River Phoenix, Jack, Hackman……I mean, he has a unique career when you look at it.