The famous actor Keanu Reeves has done plenty of movies that too of different flavours. He has been proving his calibre in every movie and considered as one of the biggest stars as well. But there are some movies which he didn’t do or turned down the offer throughout the years. And it would have been great if everyone’s favourite Keanu Reeves would have been featured in those movies.
Here are the movies, which were first offered to Keanu Reeves, which he rejected:
Reeves turned down the offer of the movie Platoon way back in 1986 which eventually portrayed by Charlie Sheen later. He got the role of Chris Taylor in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam drama but thought to leave.
‘The Fly II’ (1989)
Reeves avoided playing any role in the sequel of The Fly where he had to play the role of Jeff Goldblum’s son. He didn’t like the script which he shared with Movieline in 1990 and Eric Stoltz played the role.
‘Speed 2: Cruise Control’ (1997)
Reeves is very particular about his movies. Speed 2 was another sequel and most importantly he had done the role of Jack Traven in the Speed but once again he didn’t like the script and simply turned down the offer. Jan de Bon, the director and Sandra Bullock went to him to Chicago and offered $12 million but he refused the movie which eventually flopped.
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Reeves’s rejection of Speed 2 offended many, especially at Fox. With another rejection from him in the form of Heat at the same time saw him blacklisted by them. Reeves wanted to play the title role in a Canadian production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet but had to face the consequences. Fox virtually blacklisted Keanu Reeves for many years until The Day the Earth Stood Still.
‘Fair Game’ (1995)
Another movie was which Keanu shockingly rejected was Fair Game. He had to play Cindy Crawford’s love interest in the 1995 action film and the lead role went to William Baldwin later.
Although Keanu Reeves didn’t refuse this offer, he didn’t get the chance to be a part of this. However, it was later revealed that the story was written for Keanu but Eddie Murphy had the last laugh.
There was a question mark on this movie as Keanu Reeves wanted to do this but that didn’t go his way. Although he was considered for the role of Logan/Wolverine in the first X-Men feature, he wasn’t the first choice for the director Bryan Singer. It was Russell Crowe.
But they had to manage wit Hugh Jackman. But the reason for Reeves’ non-selection is not a mystery because this was a Fox movie and Reeves had an old tussle with them.
‘Speed Racer’ (2008)
Keanu wasn’t keen to do the movie as he had to play the role of Racer X in Speed Racer. Matthew Fox did it later.
‘Tropic Thunder’ (2008)
Reeves was the first choice for Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder who was about to portray the role of Tugg Speedman. However, the things didn’t work out and Stiller played Tugg and Matthew McConaughey got the Rick Peck role.
Keanu got the offer of Dr. Manhattan’s role in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen but he refused and Billy Crudup played the part.
Reeves also told MTV, “I went to the set. They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, ‘hi.’ They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”
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‘Captain Marvel’ (2019)
Keanu Reeves faced a tough choice in 2018 when he refused a part in Captain Marvel to be in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Marvel Studios wanted Reeves to portray the Yon-Rogg, Captain Marvel’s Kree mentor. However, the part went to Jude Law later.
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