Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Had “Too Much Fun” Making Their New Rom-Com
by Paul Chi
Reeves talks Destination Wedding and the coming Matrix reboot – which is moving forward without the involvement of the Wachowski sisters.
Even decades into his career, Keanu Reeves doesn’t do half measures. “With each role that I play, I do give it my all,” he said at the New York premiere of his latest movie, Siberia, on Wednesday night at the Metrograph theater. “I love acting and making films as much as I did when I first started, and that was a long time ago. I just love being a storyteller. . . . There’s nothing else I’d rather do. I’ve had the chance to play really cool characters in some cool films; I just feel lucky and grateful.”
The actor’s commitment is on full display in his new thriller, a film Reeves also produced and developed the script for. Reeves plays an American diamond merchant who finds himself caught in a web of Russian gangsters after a deal gone wrong. Siberia, debuting July 13 in theaters and On Demand, is one of two vastly different films Reeves is headlining this summer. His other movie, Destination Wedding, marks his first romantic-comedy in 15 years—since 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give with Diane Keaton. The new rom-com reunites Reeves with his 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula co-star Winona Ryder; the two play unhappy and gloomy guests attending a wedding in California wine country who develop an unlikely romance. The pairing of Reeves and Ryder is already generating buzz among Generation-X fans, who are clamoring to see the 90s idols together again on August 31.
“I had the best time working with Winona again. She’s such a great actress. We had fun together making Destination Wedding—too much fun,” said Reeves. “We play characters that are opposites of the same coin. I’m more of a pessimist, and she’s more of an optimist, which causes lots of fighting between the two of us. . . . I haven’t done a lot of romantic comedies, and I really loved the humor of the script and I loved all the dramatic experiences the characters go through.”
Reeves said he has remained in contact with Winona over the years through text messages. “It’s nice. She’s a friend,” he said. “I text Winona and write, ‘Hey, Winona, what are you doing?’ It’s awesome.”
As for the news that his 1999 sci-fi hit The Matrix is coming back to the big screen—as a reboot with new characters—Reeves gives his blessing to the project, which is still in development. Warner Bros., the studio behind the movie, has hired Ready Player One writer Zak Penn to write the screenplay, without the involvement of original franchise creators Lana and Lily Wachowski.
“The Wachowskis did something so incredible. But if there is another filmmaker who wants to continue the story, Godspeed! Hopefully, it will be good,” said Reeves. “I’m sure the Wachowskis would say something like, ‘Well, it can’t be helped. A remake or reboot is eventually going to happen.’ I don’t think you do a remake of it, but if there’s some other filmmaker that wants to say something with this, then all the best to them. I’d be interested in seeing what they do.”