When you name your movie Keanu you’re setting a certain level of expectation. While the movie with that title is not about the star of The Matrix, but rather a pet cat that has been named for him, we fully expect that Keanu will be full of jokes about the man whose film career is as unique as his name. But what does Keanu Reeves think of the movie appropriating his name? He’s apparently ok with it, as he’ll be appearing in the film in some capacity.
You knew at some point somebody was going to ask Keanu Reeves what he thought about Keanu, the new film by the brilliant comedy duo of Key and Peele. IGN got to ask the question, but the answer was even more surprising than we thought it would be. Reeves admitted that he actually contributed to the movie himself.
I recently did a voiceover for the project – it’s about a cat, though it’s actually not about the cat. There’s a cat named Keanu in it, and so I did a little bit for that.
It’s the most obvious cameo in the world, of course. The name Keanu is a unique one that pretty much reminds the entire world of just this one man. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele knew this when they decided they would name their pet cat, who is the lynchpin of their film, after the John Wick actor.
Of course, now the question is, how does Keanu Reeves fit into the film? He’s only providing voiceover, which narrows down the options significantly. The obvious choice is that he’ll actually be voicing his namesake cat in one way or another. While the trailer hasn’t given us any impression that the kitten will "speak" we could see Keanu (the kitten) narrating the film with possibly a bit of opening and closing voiceover. If the cat has a voice, there’s no question that he sounds like Keanu Reeves, right?
Keanu follows two friends who go on a quest to rescue their missing cat who ends up being taken in by gangsters after a break-in. It’s the feature film debut for the comedy duo Key and Peele who recently wrapped up their Comedy Central sketch comedy show. A work-in-progress version of the film was shown over the weekend at SXSW and based on our report the movie is looking hilarious.
How would you like to see Keanu Reeves voice get worked into Keanu?