BOP (US), July 1991
Journey To The Hearts of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter!
Those two zany fellas who portrayed "Bill" and "Ted" in 1989's sleeper movie hit, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, have returned to their roles in the sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. But do their characters reveal the "real" Keanu and Alex?
"Most excellent!" "Radical, dudes!" "Totally bogus, man!" Sound familiar? If these phrases were favorite parts of your vocabulary in 1989, then there is a good chance that you thoroughly enjoyed the performances of Keanu Reeves as "Ted" and Alex Winter as "Bill" in that year's hip flick, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
So here's the good news! You can catch these, cuties reprising their "Ted" and "Bill" characters in the just-released Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey! Good pals Keanu. and Alex just couldn't pass up the chance to get together again to play these lovable goofs.
This sequel finds "Ted" and "Bill" once again traveling through time, but now the lads take on heaven, hell and evil forces in the future to keep Earth running smoothly!
So now that you've seen the first film and are dying to see the second (if you have not already check it out), you probably are wondering if the two heroes of these adventures are anything like their real-life counterparts. And the answer to your question is... yes and no!
In the "yes" category, you may be happy to hear that Keanu and Alex, who are both 26 years old, are actually close chums off screen as well. Although they met on the set of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Alex jokingly maintains that the two have been buddies since kindergarten!
"Yes, we were kindergarten friends: Mrs. Smith's class... , yeah, that's it!" chuckles Mr. Winter
Even though he's teasing; it would he no surprise if these, talented actors had known each other all their lives! The director of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Pete Hewitt, sums up the unique relationship that Keanu and Alex enjoy both on and off the screen.
"Everyone at some point in their lives has had a friend they can just look at without saying any thing to and find they know exactly what the other is thinking," declares Pete.
The directors friendly observation certainly rings true for these two Hollywood stars! Just like "Bill" and "Ted," Keanu and Alex confide that they often complete each other's sentences and say the exact same things at the same time!
When it comes right. down to it, Keanu, who lives in California's Hollywood Hills, and Alex, who calls Venice Beach, California, his home, get along just, famously!
"It turns out Alex and I have a lot of common interests," confides Keanu, who was born on September 2, 1994.
These dudes both own 1974-era motorcycles and love the indescribable feeling they get when zooming around town on the vintage bikes.
And just like their characters, Keanu and Alex are totally into the music scene, and both play the bass guitar! Although "Bill" and "Ted" are prone to jammin' on imaginary "air guitars" wherever they go, their true-life counterparts enjoy playing the real McCoy!
Another topic these pals like to chat about is their diverse backgrounds. Both are transplanted United States residents! Keanu was born in the exotic locale of Beirut., Lebanon, while Alex entered the world by way of jolly old London, England!
Keanu's parents moved him from Beirut to Australia to New York City before they finally settled down in Toronto, Canada. Alex, on the other hand, spent his first five years in London, and then lived for the next six years in St. Louis, Missouri, eventually landing in the Big Apple himself Whew!
So, it is obvious that, like "Bill" and "Ted", Keanu and Alex are "like two dudes in a pod," as Keanu would put it! But in what ways are these two cuties not like their characters?
Two brainy guys!
For one, Keanu and Alex have much more brainpower than their fictional counterparts. Blue-eyed Alex attended college at a New York film school and is well-known in the show biz industry for his expertise in writing, directing and producing short films! And unlike "Bill " who would much rather party all night and sleep the day away, Alex is an early riser who is constantly on the go. In fact, this July 16, 1965 birthday boy confesses to being a workaholic!
A real fireball
Keanu, whose character "Ted" is a bit slow-thinking, is a fireball in real life! Ambitious could be this brown-haired guy's middle name, as you can see by the work he has churned out this year alone. (Besides Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Keanu is starring in the upcoming surf flick Point Break and in My Own Private Idaho with River Phoenix at the end of the year.)
"Acting is the only thing that keeps me quiet," smiles this brown-eyed honey. "If I'm not acting, I'm bouncing off the walls!"
Keanu also differs from "Ted" in the sense that "Ted" has no interest in books or education, while Keanu is an avid reader! You see, this lad of Hawaiian, Chinese and English descent dropped out of school in the 12th grade to pursue an acting career, and now, regretting his lack of education, is teaching himself!
If you've suddenly developed a tremendous respect for Keanu and Alex, let them know in a letter! You can mail it in care of BOP, PO. Box 7897, Burbank, CA 91510!