All posts tagged: Keanu Reeves

You Got The Job: Rare Celebrity Audition Tapes

This video will be (if it isn’t already) all the rage very soon. It features 40 clips of rare celebrity auditions for roles in all of your favorite movies. Some of these actors got the roles and some didn’t. It’s pretty crazy to see some amazing actors lose out on roles and then see Megan Fox appear to flub her lines (I could be wrong on that) yet still get the role. Sunrise, Sunset. Anywho, the auditions include: Martin Freeman and Bennedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock” Robert Downey JR – “Backdraft” Brad Pitt – “Backdraft” Leonardo DiCaprio – “Outsiders” Lindsay Lohan – “The Parent Trap” Robert de Niro – “Godfather” Alyson Hannigan – “American Pie” Michael Cera – “Superbad” Sophie Turner – “Game of Thrones” Selena Gomez – “Wizards of Waverly Place” Megan Fox – “Transformers” Natalie Portman – “Leon: The Professional” Matthew Fox – “Lost” Ellen Page – “Juno” Russell Brand – “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” Jennifer Connelly – “Blue Heaven” Hugh Laurie – “House M.D” Hugh Jackman – “X-Men” Raven Symone – “The Cosby Show” …

Iconic roles that nearly went to other actors

  Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix Oh, this almost happened. It’s always to fun to look at “what ifs” when it comes to movies. A great example is the above. Yes, Will Smith was originally cast to play Neo in The Matrix movies. A couple of interesting “what ifs” come out of this. First, how different would The Matrix be with Will Smith as the lead instead of Keanu Reeves? I mean it’s safe to say Keanu put his own “Keanu” spin on the role. Also how different (and by that I mean how much worse) would the movie Wild Wild West have been had Will Smith not been in it? Yes, Will Smith passed up The Matrix to do Wild Wild West. While, this move did not hurt Will Smith’s career at all, you can make the argument it was probably the best thing to ever happen to Keanu Reeves.   Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman It’s hard to picture anyone but Julia Roberts in this role but Molly Ringwald …

A Classic Action Film in My Mind: Speed!

I was recently discussing how Terrible Keanu Reeves is with my roommates. We Canadians often have bias towards are own celebrities and stars, but not with Keanu reeves. This guy just sucks. Flat out! Except for Speed! Speed ruled. In was 8 years old when Speed came out and unable to discern how atrocious Keanu reeves was. I did not pay attention to acting and directing when I was 8, only my entertainment level of the film. And Speed thoroughly entertained me. The plot was awesome: A bus was rigged with a bomb and could not decrease its speed below 50 mph, or the bomb would explode. Chaos ensues as everyone tries to keep the bomb from exploding. AND Sandra Bullock is in the movie. She is one of my favourite actresses. I have not seen this film in 15 years. I’d be curious to re-watch it – specifically Keanu Reeves’ performance – to see how it stacks up today. In my mind it is one of the best action films ever. What do you …