I was thinking about Keanu Reeves as I was taking my walk today. I don’t know why I was thinking about Keanu Reeves as I was taking my walk today, but today, as I was taking my walk, I was.
I consider it a settled fact that he is not a good actor. Most of his appearances look like Keanu Reeves saying words, as opposed to an “F! B! I! Agent!” or a Victorian era person.
But then he gets cast a lot. Or did. (Does he still?) And I was thinking, today, that maybe the reason is because he’s so nice.
That also seems to be a settled fact. I’ve seen the anecdotes. He’s a very nice, thoughtful guy. Maybe he recognizes he’s not a good actor so he has an easy time keeping it real. I dunno, but when he sat on a bench and looked sad, a whole bunch of redditors felt bad for him. And can you point me to a bigger pack of general-purpose assholes than redditors?
So I’m thinking, if you’re making a movie, do you want to spend months working with Keanu Reeves, or, say, Christian Bale? Or Johnny Depp’s crazy shit? I’ll bet Timothee Chalamet is a way bigger asshole than Keanu, even if maybe he’s a nice guy on absolute terms.