Why Keanu's Career Wasn't The Same After Turning Down This Role

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  • Published on:  Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • If there's one thing that movie fans everywhere seem to be able to agree on, it's that Keanu Reeves is a pretty awesome guy. But although his career is going great nowadays, Reeves once spent over a decade blacklisted by one of Hollywood's biggest studios. So just why was he thrown into "movie jail" for 11 long years?

    Before you can really understand why Keanu Reeves spent so long out in the wilderness, you've first got to understand the events leading up to his exile. And for that, you've got to start at the beginning of his career. After featuring opposite Rob Lowe in a forgettable yet strangely successful hockey movie called Youngblood, Reeves caught the world's attention with River's Edge, a controversial movie about apathetic teens and the killing of a young girl. Soon, Reeves was showing up in way bigger films — such as Dangerous Liaisons, which starred the likes of John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, and Michelle Pfieffer. Then, of course, he was cast as one of his most iconic characters: the laid-back, time-traveling wannabe rock star, Theodore Logan of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    From there, he went on to prove his action skills by catching waves and busting bank robbers in Point Break. Granted, Reeves also made a couple of missteps early in his career — for example, he proved to the world he's incapable of doing an English accent with back-to-back performances in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Much Ado About Nothing. But by this point, Reeves' career was speeding forward nonetheless... and the actor was about to make a huge leap from up-and-comer to blockbuster king.

    Watch the video to see why Keanu's career wasn't the same after turning down this role!

    #KeanuReeves #Keanu #YoureBreathtaking

    Killing it | 0:19
    The need for Speed | 1:29
    Cruising for trouble | 2:35
    Time out | 3:39
    The devil's in the details | 4:52
    Script problems | 5:50
    Shipwrecked | 6:30
    Movie jail | 7:32
    Life behind bars | 8:48
  • Source: https://youtu.be/-djTJV_V7gs


  • Looper


     a months ago +491

    Something Something breathtaking.

  • Veit lange

    Veit lange

     6 hours ago

    Constantine could bring me a sequel

  • Anton Bouchette

    Anton Bouchette

     11 hours ago +1

    This bozo is a joke. The KING of garbage shit films.....congratulations !

  • knight flyer

    knight flyer

     11 hours ago

    Always thought Keanu Reeves fkng kool.



     17 hours ago

    i LOVE KR!

  • Dunn123


     18 hours ago

    Public Service Announcement:
    The Titanic was not a cruise ship.

  • Motley Byron

    Motley Byron

     22 hours ago

    It's even in the Bible, "thou shalt NOT do Speed 2, for that film will be an ABOMINATION and thou willst be MOCKED if thou doest such a TERRIBLE FILM."
    Okay I made that up... but we're NOT WRONG... Keanu's career turned out better LONG TERM for avoiding that CRAPPY SEQUEL!

  • KyleIsReal Helli0nSlayR

    KyleIsReal Helli0nSlayR


    Keanu was and still is my favorite actor. I only hope he can keep kicking ass!!!

  • Jerry Jazzbo

    Jerry Jazzbo


    The Hollywood system needs to be changed, starting with the exposure of the Satanic Pedophiles who run the studios...and it's going to happen....soon. :)

  • 2ndchancer



    he is a horrible actor

  • Johnnatan Da Cruz

    Johnnatan Da Cruz


    I only have respect for that man

  • Derek Wall

    Derek Wall

     2 days ago

    Keanu reeves knows when he sees a very good project when he goes after it, like the films chain reaction, the devil's advocate and others

  • Bryan Cain

    Bryan Cain

     3 days ago

    4 commercial breaks in a 10 minute segment?!? C'mon Man! It's making your excellent reviews and theories difficult to watch...

  • catcha cobra

    catcha cobra

     3 days ago

    He's just the best. End of.

  • Nick Mattio

    Nick Mattio

     4 days ago +1

    Some keyboard villain blaspheming Keanu?!? Guards!-Seize the Outlander!

  • Jasan Allen

    Jasan Allen

     4 days ago +1

    You missed an uncredited role he did to help a friends movie, he was "dog boy" in Freaked.

  • Erica Y

    Erica Y

     4 days ago

    I can look at him forever

  • Jen Bishop

    Jen Bishop

     4 days ago

    Sounds like not taking on speed 2 was a excellent choice despite Fox putting him in movie jail. A great lesson to the arrogant fucks at Fox who thought they were hurting him in some way. Speed 2 was horrible and would have horrible even with him in it. Great choice Keanu. I like him even more for not letting pressure of studios dictate his journey. I loved some of those other weird smaller budget films he did.

  • Tilly T

    Tilly T

     4 days ago

    Keanu is a legend , stop with the career fail nonsense ! 😂😂😂

  • Sandra Lyn

    Sandra Lyn

     4 days ago

    He definitely made the best decision regarding Speed 2. It REALLY sucked. I wanted to sue for my hour and a half back. LMAO!!