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... there's a bit of irony in this.
after all, it was Point Break that inspired the Fast and Furious thing...
later edit - nah, not happening
So where did that Keanu Reeves being in this movie rumor come from?
Oh, I think it’s just that I see our relationship as close because of the John Wick series. And our history with The Matrix movies. And so I think that there was a buzz around the idea of, maybe Keanu could be the villain in this. And it’s not like I didn’t even entertain it in my mind! But it wasn’t something that was ever going to be meant to be for this installment. Although looking forward in the future, it would be awesome if he would want to play in this world, for sure.
A rumor circulated that Keanu had a secret role in Hobbs & Shaw. Do you think somebody heard that one of your former actors had a surprise role and they just guessed the wrong star?
Actually, no. It all stemmed from the fact that we had talked to Keanu early on. It was even before where we ended up with this draft. I had been talking to Keanu periodically through the shooting of it all and looking for opportunities of where it could be. I also wanted to make sure that it was enough — a real promise for something legitimate in the future — and wasn’t just a stunt casting role. We started to populate the movie with all these other personalities, and I just didn’t really think that we needed it, although I would’ve loved it. We even talked in post, and I showed him a rough cut of the movie. Then, we had conversations about “is there something here?” We came to the conclusion of “let’s put a pin in it.” I’m all for finding opportunities, but I also didn't want to force anything. The mystery at the end of the movie where the Eteon director is nameless and faceless seems perfect for our ending because we had so much story we’ve already told. The backstory with Brixton and Shaw, Hobbs reconnecting with Jonah (Cliff Curtis), Shaw reconnecting with Hattie, Locke’s relationship with Hobbs…Dinkley. There was just so much stuff, and we still had to resolve all the family threads. The mystery of what Eteon is and where it’s gonna go was left where it needed to be.
Tom Cruise and Keanu get a lot of attention for doing their own stunts and action. Keanu doesn’t do stunts, per se, but he does all of his own fighting and gun play. Their commitment to the craft has even become a selling point in their movies’ marketing campaigns. Given the mountain of publicity that Cruise and Keanu receive for this, are actors becoming more and more willing to do their own stunts?
Actors are more willing because it’s becoming more commonplace, but not all actors have the aptitude that those two guys have — and the passion for it. When you look at Keanu and Tom, they’re incredible actors, but from a stunt perspective, they’re also incredible in their physicality and their ability to do action. They also have a willingness to take the time to rehearse, train and push themselves. Any good actor wants to put in the time to portray the character physically to the best of their ability, but some people have more aptitude than others. You referenced two of the most exceptional guys in the business.