Keanu Reeves had nothing but praise for coronavirus safety measures on the set of The Matrix 4 in an interview posted Sunday.
The 55-year-old John Wick star said there were ‘thoughtful, effective protocols in place’ on set in a video chat interview with the Associated Press.
The actor filmed his interview from Berlin, where production had resumed earlier this month.
Thumbs up: Keanu Reeves, 55, praised coronavirus safety procedures on The Matrix 4 in a video interview with the Associated Press that was published Sunday; shown in June 2019
‘There’s some really thoughtful, effective protocols in place, and the rhythm of filmmaking has not been really impacted or interrupted, in the sense of filming,’ Keanu said while weighing in on the production.
‘That’s because of the hard work and organization, and again the thoughtfulness that has gone into the protocols.’
Filming originally began in San Francisco, where some locals were angered by property destruction caused in the midst of action scenes.
Filming moved to Berlin in February but was quickly shut down to the pandemic.
In good hands: ‘There’s some really thoughtful, effective protocols in place, and the rhythm of filmmaking has not been really impacted or interrupted, in the sense of filming,’ Keanu said from Berlin
Best-case scenario: ‘I think everyone loves the project,’ Keanu opined. ‘If you’re ever going to get into any kind of situation that needs to be figured out, or “How do we do this?” show business people are the best’
Though surging coronavirus cases in the US would make it difficult to film there, German’s strong response to the pandemic made it a safer choice, and production resumed in June in Berlin.
‘I think everyone loves the project,’ Keanu opined. ‘If you’re ever going to get into any kind of situation that needs to be figured out, or “How do we do this?” show business people are the best.
‘We’re just scrappy, we know how to get stuff done, we’re inventive, think on our feet, and that kind of kindred spirit of just coming together — goes back to like, you know, “Let’s put on a show! We’ll get some props, we’ve got some things, we’re going to write!” And that spirit is definitely alive and well on The Matrix,’ he said.
Back at it: Filming resumed in Berlin in June. It began in San Francisco earlier this year before moving to Berlin, but had to be paused due to the pandemic; still from The Matrix Reloaded
Seduced: In June, Keanu told Empire Magazine it was Lana Wachowski’s ‘beautiful script’ and ‘wonderful story’ that drew him back for a fourth installment; still from The Matrix Reloaded
Back in June, Keanu told Empire Magazine that it was the quality of the writing that drew him to this installment of The Matrix, which hasn’t gotten a finalized title yet. ‘
‘Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,’ he said. ‘That’s the only reason to do it.’
The new working relationship seemed to still have some of the old magic, even though Lana’s sister Lilly Wachowski sat out this installment.
‘To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.’
Worth it: ‘To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from,’ he told Empire; still from The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix was originally envisioned as a science fiction–action film starring Will Smith in the Neo role, though he turned it down, and Val Kilmer as Morpheus, who was eventually played by Laurence Fishburne.
The ground-breaking film went on to be one of the most successful films of 1999 and earned four Academy Awards, along with copious praise from critics.
Two sequels, Reloaded and Revolutions, were filmed back-to-back and released close together in 2003.