Keanu Reeves revealed which props he was allowed to take from the sets of The Matrix, John Wick, and 47 Ronin. The actor became a household name after The Matrix, where he worked with the Wachowski sisters to develop a hit franchise that changed the science fiction genre. Since then, he’s only furthered his reputation as an action hero with the John Wick series.
Like many actors who have enjoyed success as movie stars, The Matrix‘s Reeves kept a few props from his films over the years. While other actors resort to stealing those props, Reeves admits he never really had to. In a recent Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, Reeves listed every item he’s been able to hold onto over the years, which he insists weren’t taken illegally. Check out his quote below:
“Not stolen… The watch and wedding ring from John Wick, a sword from 47 Ronin, and the first red pill that the Wachowski’s ever gave me.”
Why Those Items Are Important To Keanu Reeves
It makes considerable sense why Reeves wanted to hang onto those mementos in particular. Considering that The Matrix propelled him into stardom, the red pill became an iconic piece synonymous with Reeves’ Neo. Without that red pill, Reeves never would have become a big name and wouldn’t have had the chance to enjoy some fun and ridiculous roles, including Batman in DC League of Super-Pets or Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4.
Outside of the red pill that opened Neo’s eyes to the real world in The Matrix, the other items also represent key moments in Reeves’ life. John Wick gave Reeves the opportunity to star in and help create a franchise of his own while building on the lore of his universe. The wedding ring and watch became John Wick’s defining features, and the character was a turning point for Reeves to metamorphize into a bigger action star, even using his experience in martial arts to develop the role.
As for the sword from 47 Ronin, while it may not have been a well-received film and isn’t generally considered one of Reeves’ best movies, it’s still a sword, and it’s not surprising a star would want to hold onto a realistic sword prop. Reeves likely kept these items out of personal connection or a sheer sense of excitement for them, and that’s not too strange in Hollywood. It will be interesting to see what he takes from the set of Constantine 2 and Ballerina, two important upcoming Keanu Reeves projects he’s been interested in for years.
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