Keanu Reeves Admits He Doesn’t Get Many Studio Offers From Hollywood Anymore: “It Sucks”

Keanu Reeves
Now age 50, Keanu Reeves is ready to answer Hollywood's call, but his phone isn't ringing anymore Mike Pont/FilmMagic

Call him maybe? There was a time, not that long ago, when Keanu Reeves was one of the biggest and brightest action stars of his generation, with roles in blockbusters like Speed and the Matrix trilogy. Recently, though, the Constantine actor, now 50, has appeared mostly in smaller independent films — and not by choice. In a new interview with Indie Wire, Reeves (who, according to ABC News, made $35 million for just the first Matrix movie) admitted he rarely gets approached by the big Hollywood studios anymore.

"The last studio movie I did was [2013's] 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time — probably [2008's] The Day the Earth Stood Still," said the Bill and Ted hunk, who's hoping to make a splash with his new action flick John Wick, in which he plays an assassin. "So I haven't been getting many offers from the studios."

Asked whether he's okay with that, Reeves replied, "No, it sucks, but it's just the way it is."

That's not to say he hates independent films, though — or loves studio movies. "You can have positive and negative experiences, but what I like about studios are the resources and the worlds that they can create," he explained to Indie Wire. "Obviously, a lot of good filmmakers work on studio movies." 

In a perfect world, he said, he'd be able to do both big blockbusters and smaller passion projects. "Even when I was working on studio movies more often, I was always doing independent movies," he shared. "I want to keep going, making things, and telling stories. I want to be able to do that — to be an actor, a director, to produce, you know? If we're going to do a delineation between studio and independent, I was always hoping to do both."

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