“The Matrix Resurrections”: how much did Keanu Reeves charge for the film?

Neo dodging bullets, arching his body backwards, or walking through walls, in movements that in the physical body of a mortal are not possible. But for him yes, because he is the ‘chosen one’. It was 1999 and the spectacular effects of The Matrix, as well as a deep and transgressive story that touched on philosophical and even religious issues, put Lana and Lilly Wachowski, then the directors and screenwriters Andy and Larry, the Wachowski brothers, in the mouth of the world.

By then, the protagonist of what would be a trilogy that would shake up science fiction cinema had already played intense and interesting roles: Keanu Reeves had starred in The Devil’s Advocate alongside Al Pacino; he co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the thrilling action film Speed; he chased a notorious bank robber and surfer in Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break; He was a lawyer in Ford Coppola’s Dracula, and he played a young man seeking his fate in the drama My Own Private Idaho, in which he shared his late good friend River Phoenix. But nothing compares to Neo, or Thomas Anderson, a systems programmer and hacker who had to choose between the blue pill or the red pill in The Matrix to start a journey of no return.

Today, Reeves is 56 years old and it has been 22 since his big push to stardom. He is still a quiet man, a lover of social causes, animals, and who is famous for riding the subway to return to his house. Next week he will return as Neo in The Matrix: Resurrections, written by the Wachowski sisters and directed by Lana.

“When Lana sought me out, it was a very exciting moment,” recalls Reeves in an interview provided by the studio. Just like his character in The Matrix, the actor had to refresh his memories and skills to return to the scene in the new film.

In recent weeks, the publication Variety revealed how much the actor charged for his participation in the new film: between 12 and 14 million dollars. That’s not much more than he made two decades ago when he took in $10 million.

The difference this time is that the famous Neo will receive an additional percentage for what the tape collects at the world box office -which goes for 70 million dollars-. So Reeves could add a salary close to 35 million dollars.

In addition to Reeves, in The Matrix Resurrections Carrie-Anne Moss repeats and talents such as Jessica Henwick, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff debut in this universe.

Reeves shared his experience in the new Matrix, which is in theaters across the country from December 23

What did you think when you received the script?

I thought it was a beautiful script. I thought it was a beautiful love story, and I thought it was very up-to-date and important medicine for the days we have. Since I feel like The Matrix, Reloaded and Revolutions all had a cautionary tale and inspiring messages, I felt like Resurrections embraced and spoke to where we are today and hopefully it will be just as inspiring.

Did you enjoy the structure of the film, which goes back and forth?

Yes, especially for the character I play. I thought it was really interesting, in terms of cinematic and narrative structure, how Lana was dealing with the past and the present, not only for the characters in the film, but also for the audience watching it. I think his use of flashbacks is very empowering, along with some of his editorial choices and the way he brings the audience into the story and allows us to stay connected to the character’s current journey as the film unfolds.

How did it feel to put yourself back in the shoes of Mr. Anderson / Neo?

It was nice. The character has a sense of questioning and also has experience and knowledge. So with that, there are moments in the movie where he asks himself, ‘Is this worth it? What really happened? What does it mean?’. I think it’s a mist between memory, fiction, reality, truth, perspective, systems, control, personal perspectives… That kind of kaleidoscope that Neo goes through and that has his references. There are many names that appear in moments that speak of the past and are inspired by it, that have made certain decisions and face them: ‘What have we done? What are we doing? What do we expect to do?’ Not only for humans, but also for artificial intelligence, other types of sentient beings. This tapestry, this kaleidoscope, was quite deep and was a joy to play.

Lana is a brilliant writer and director. What was her experience comparing the work of 20 years ago with that of now? Has her style changed much?

Yes. The filmmaker I worked with in the late 1990s and early 2000s and now worked with on Resurrections was familiar, but he had also evolved, I would say lived through a revolution. He was a filmmaker who looked at the monitors and was interested in artificial light and who is now fascinated, interested and recognizing the power of the sun. The filmmaker who was seeing things fairly objectively on the monitors is now standing next to the camera operator and guiding him through the shots. Someone who is interested in rehearsal now is not rehearsing, they say things like ‘you learn by doing’, but you do it in front of the camera. It’s a different way of working, it’s a fundamental change and he made it very exciting. It’s not that the other way isn’t exciting, but this one is much more so.

Tell us about Carrie-Anne Moss, who returned as your partner in this film…

She is so special, it is a pleasure to work with Carrie-Anne. The duality of our characters is united by love. It’s a joy to play the connection that Thomas Anderson and Trinity have, and she is an exceptional artist, a righteous soul. It was a real pleasure working together again.

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ is about taking a leap of faith. For Neo it is literal. How was the training this time, the physical and the fights that evolve in this saga?

It was very similar to the training I had for the past movies. I guess the most important thing this time was that Carrie-Anne and I jumped off a building. That was different. We worked with Scott Rogers, who designed all the cable and architecture at the time, he’s someone I’ve worked with before and I totally trust him. I thought it was really cool that Lana wanted our characters to jump off a building and not do the scene in a CG environment. She gave us the opportunity to do something and have an experience that we had never had.

What do you hope audiences will experience when they see the film?

I hope you find it interesting and inspiring, have a good time, laugh and cry, have a good livelihood, good food for thought, and have wonderful fun watching it.


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