Los Angeles, April 16: Actor Keanu Reeves has revealed that he was once blacklisted by Fox Studios for turning down a movie role. In an interview to GQ, the actor recalled being put in 'movie jail' when he turned down Speed 2 after the first instalment in 1994 became a box office hit, reports dailymail.co.uk. Reeves explained that he turned down the follow-up to play in a stage production of "Hamlet" in Canada. "I didn't work with (Fox) again until The Day the Earth Stood Still," the 54-year-old star remembered of being hired by the studio in 2008.
Fox ended up producing their sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997 with Jason Patric starring opposite Sandra Bullock. Reeves explained that he hasn't done a studio movie since 47 Ronin in 2013, which didn't do so well at the box office. When it comes to the John Wick franchise, Reeves says he will keep making more films as long as the demand is there. Ram Navami Special: Keanu Reeves As Lord Ram, Salman Khan As Hanuman, Shilpa Shetty As Sita – Did You Know Such a Movie Based on Ramayana Was Once Planned?
"As far as my legs can take me," he said, adding: "As far as the audience wants to go." The Matrix star said he never expected to be an action hero in his fifties and admits he had no idea what his career would look like at 54 back when he was starting out.
"I haven't really thought about my career future, or what was going to happen, until really recently," Reeves explained, adding "'really recently", before clarifying "probably my mid-40s".