Keanu Reeves Says Fame in LA Makes Him Feel Like an ‘Animal in a Cage’

By Colin Fredericson

Keanu Reeves revealed that he feels like an “animal in a cage” due to his fame.

Reeves’s new film “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum” is set for a May 17 release. As the pre-release publicity and media reports on the film continue to increase, the star admitted that fame is troubling.

“I’ll come out in the morning and get my newspaper [and they’re there]. You feel like an animal in a cage,” he told The Sunday Telegraph, via Daily Mail, referring to lurking photographers who wait for him outside his Los Angeles home.

Reeves said that tourists and vehicles with people attempting to catch a glimpse of him are always present, and that it’s common in the area.

“They visit everyone’s homes and sit outside,” he added. “They look at you like: ‘There’s One!’ And I get it. But walking around LA, no one cares pretty much.”

Reeves’s fame could take another step up, or at least reconnect him with past fans, as he prepares to revisit one of his iconic characters in the upcoming “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” set for a 2020 release.

Reeves revealed some more details about the movie in an interview on late night TV.

“Right now it’s called ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music.’ We’re finding them however many years later—I think it’s over 25. They were supposed to write the song that was supposed to unite the world and bring peace and everything, but they haven’t,” Reeves said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” came out in 1989 and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” came out in 1991. Colbert showed a photo of Reeves and co-star Alex Winter around the time when those movies were filmed, and compared it with a recent photo of the two men.

Reeves explained that in the new movie, he and Winter’s characters have to balance their adventure to save the world with being mature adults. He explained how the burden to balance all of this creates tension in the story.

“It’s a lot of pressure. And you’ve got your family now, but you’re still trying to write the song because you’ve gotta save the world. But then the future comes down and says ‘well, no, you not really just have to save the world you have to save the universe and you have to write the song in like 80 minutes.’ That’s a problem. Because we haven’t written a song in over 25 years, so what are we going to do?” Reeves said on the show.

“John Wick 3” isn’t Reeves only movie appearance for 2019. He is also scheduled to appear in a Netflix Original romantic comedy titled “Always Be My Maybe,” scheduled for a May 31 release. In June, he is set to appear in “Toy Story 4” as Duke Caboom, a new character in the “Toy Story” movie franchise.

Reeves told Entertainment Weekly a little more about what went into that role.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t do anything that would go into Tim Allen’s space as Buzz Lightyear,” Reeves told Entertainment Weekly. “That was one thing I was really paying attention to when I was thinking about the character and how he would talk. So I made Duke a little more gravelly, but still tried to give him energy and a big personality … I just thought that Duke should love what he does. He’s the greatest stuntman in Canada! I wanted him to be constantly doing poses on the bike while he was talking, to have this great extroverted passion.”

“Toy Story 4” Director Josh Cooley told Entertainment Weekly that he was looking for an honest, yet funny portrayal for the character, and that Reeves delivered the comedic part better than he expected.