Keanu Reeves Lends His Voice to 'Keanu' Kitty
"He flipped out and got in touch with us directly to say 'If there's anything I can do, let's make this work.' "
There are those moments in film where the line between art and reality blur to produce something truly wonderful.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Keanu director Peter Atencio told the story of how the titular kitten in the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele comedy is voiced by the actor that shares his namesake, Keanu Reeves.
Atencio says that Key and Peele were at first hesitant about reaching out to Reeves due to the similarities between their movie and Reeve's John Wick. In John Wick, Reeves seeks revenge on the Russian mob who killed his beloved dog, whereas in Keanu, Key and Peele go in search of a kitten stolen by gangsters.
The director eventually did reach out to Reeves' reps, who declined the offer to participate in the movie, he told the paper. But after his sister showed him the trailer for the film, Reeves took matters into his own hands. Said Atencio to the Times: "He flipped out and got in touch with us directly to say 'If there's anything I can do, let's make this work.' "
In order to incorporate the actor into a near-to-complete film, the director expanded a dream-sequence where the kitten guides Peele through a bad drug trip. Reeves, who was coincidentally filming John Wick 2, recorded the dialog while filming in Rome with Atencio offering direction via Skype.
You can hear Keanu (the actor) and see Keanu (the cat) in Keanu (the movie) out in theaters this April 29.