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5 Best Keanu Reeves Action Films You’ve Gotta See

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Since 1984, Keanu Reeves has been an integral part of some classic films, including Bill & Ted and Parenthood. His specialty, however, is action films, and the Canadian brings his A-game for an action-packed scene. We take a good look at five of Reeves’ best action films to date and why he excelled in each role.

The Matrix

Thanks to Will Smith passing on the role, Reeves became a worldwide phenomenon as Neo in The Matrix. In order to give Neo an authentic look, Reeves shaved his body and dropped 13 pounds. “I love the tension; after five hours of setting a shot up and then getting one go at it. I kinda like that. It’s terrifying but it’s also exciting,” he told Empire Magazine.

Man Of Tai Chi

Man Of Tai Chi is more than another great action film for Reeves. It was his directorial debut, and being behind the camera was a learning experience. “The actor oftentimes has the responsibility of a role in the whole, and kind of, for me, this was the first time I didn’t have the experience of it, so that was the most not fun. But it got more fun,” he told Vulture.

Constantine

Based on DC Comics’ HellblazerConstantine finds Reeves unearthing details of a disturbing death. For Reeves, this role offered something new to him. “Constantine’s a very extroverted role. And so much about it is very different to me than the experience I was having in Constantine, but it was still a great script and a great idea and a great character,” he told IGN.

John Wick

John Wick taught people to never mess with someone’s dog. The 2014 flick kickstarted an entire franchise filled with comic books and video game tie ins. Working with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski dealt with learning a brand new technique. “They were interested in integrating into this film what they call “gun-fu,” working with the weapons, and with jujitsu and judo. You can do that close quarters, also be thrown, throw people, and some of the MMA stuff is, again, jujitsu-oriented. They were interested in seeing transitions, seeing escapes, seeing locks, seeing holds, and get there in inventive ways,” Reeves told Complex.

Speed

Speed made people afraid to use the bus upon its release. Filming almost came to a complete stop when Reeves came in with an unexpected haircut. “I didn’t think it looked that bad, but it freaked some people out. I don’t think they were expecting flowing locks but I don’t think they were expecting to see a complete shave to the side of the head,” he told HitFix.

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