While sitting down with INDIEWIRE, Keanu talked about his new movie “John Wick” and being snubbed by the big movie companies after being such a success. FYI “It Sucks”.
You aren’t doing many studio movies these days. “John Wick” was produced independently and acquired later by Lionsgate. Do you have a preference for indies over studio projects?
Not really. The last studio movie I did was “47 Ronin,” but before that it had been a long time – probably “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” So I haven’t been getting many offers from the studios.
Are you OK with that?
No, it sucks, but it’s just the way it is. You can have positive and negative experiences, but what I like about studios are the resources and the worlds that they can create. Obviously, a lot of good filmmakers work on studio movies. Even when I was working on studio movies more often, I was always doing independent movies. So for me, that was just not happening, but 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 [films], I was always hoping to do both.
I couldn’t believe it when I realized Keanu’s career has been slow in the past decade. I was watching a movie of his on TV the other night and had to look up his filmography. I was shocked that he has not been busier in the past few years. He is one of the few actors I enjoy watching in movies.