Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne Dish on Their Fun 'Matrix' Reunion in 'John Wick:
by Zach Seemayer
In John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the eponymous master assassin for another round of insane gun play and gritty violence that puts him in the path of a brutal crime lord named The Bowery King, played by Laurence Fishburne.
The casting of Reeves' Matrix co-star was great news for action fans across the world, who are excited to see the pair reunite on the big screen for the first time since The Matrix Revolutions came out in 2003.
Recently, ET's Courtney Tezeno sat down with Reeves and Fishburne at a press junket for their new action epic to get the inside story on this long-awaited reunion came together.
"I was at his house and we were talking, catching up," Reeves recounted. "He was saying that he really liked John Wick and I said, 'Oh you do? Well there so happens to be a role!'"
After that, the 52-year-old star said it was all a matter of getting the script into Fishburne's hands. "He loved the role. He said yes," Reeves explained. "And cut to getting to work with the amazing, awesome Laurence Fishburne."
After not having acted together for nearly 15 years, Reeves said that they'd both grown as performers, but that Fishburne is "in some other universe" of talent.
"I mean he's amazing," Reeves marveled. "He's just so great. It's always great to work with someone across from you who's one of the best."
According to Fishburne, getting the role was a matter of exceptional timing.
"I was hanging out with Keanu and I said, 'Dude, the movie is amazing and I would love to be a part of the second one if you do another one,'" Fishburne shared with ET. "[They] actually had something that they were working on with me in mind and it just really worked out. So I was very, very happy to be involved."
The 55-year-old Black-ish star also reflected on Reeves' growth in the time between The Matrix trilogy and now, complimenting the star on having "taken charge of his career."
"He's been instrumental in several of the movies that have come out," Fishburne explained, citing how Reeves was the driving force behind the 2013 martial arts film Man of Tai Chi, which Reeves directed and starred in.
"I remember him telling me in my kitchen about Man of Tai Chi like, 10 years ago," Fishburne recounted. "He stuck to it and worked hard, raised the money and got it done. So I've been very proud of him too."