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Some actors have a fear of being typecast. Locked into a role they played that seems to have defined them forever. Luckily for Alex Winter, forever being Bill S. Preston ESQ. of the Bill & Ted movies isn’t a problem for him. He’s actually really looking forward to having a chance to play the role again. He says the fact that it’s been more than 25 years since the first film is what’s going to make the third film great.
Speaking with The Next Web, Winter says that although he is older, Bill is not, and that’s the joke:
It’s exciting to come back to the characters. The fun thing about them is that they’re ageless. You play them in terms of who they are spiritually. Their mannerism and physicality are not tied to age. We played them like 9-year-old kids. They still have that quality. The comic potential of that becomes even better as it becomes more discordant. It will be funnier because they’re older.
If it’s funny to see high school kids act like children, seeing grown adults do it will be even funnier. Could work. While a third Bill and Ted movie could run the risk of being a little too silly, at the same time, what else would you expect to see? Still, it’s been a long time. It would be one thing if there had been several Bill & Ted movies over the last quarter century to keep the characters fresh, but after 25 years (How old were you in 1989?) seeing the characters again may be a bit of a shock to the system. Are Bill & Ted ageless, or were they a part of their own time? If done right, it doesn’t really matter. Discordant is a good word for it. When Keanu Reeves started taking more serious acting roles he got a lot of flack because fans only knew him as "Ted." Now imagine the guy who was in the Matrix trilogy and John Wick going back and playing Ted. As Ted himself would say, "Whoa."
Bill & Ted 3 is one of those many projects that has been dancing through development hell for years. It’s on. No, it’s off. Well maybe. Who knows. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything concrete, at one point the film had a finished script and a director attached but that was a while back, so it’s possible a lot has changed. However, it does look like the film is on a slow and steady pace to being a real thing. At least at the moment.
I’m really not sure if it will work, but if Bill & Ted 3 ever happens you can bet I’ll be in the theater to find out.