Keanu Reeves on why he didn't say no to ‘The Matrix’ amid severe injury
Keanu Reeves opened up about filming for ‘The Matrix’ despite severe injuries
Keanu Reeves walked down the memory lane in latest interview as he recalled why he did not turn down The Matrix despite severe injury.
After almost 20 years into the release of Reeves hit movie The Matrix, the John Wick star revealed how he was almost on the verge of saying no to a major role of his career, which also cost him his health.
During his recent appearance in The Art Action podcast, the 58-year-old recalled, "I had spent a couple of years fighting it, I was getting tingles."
Reeves also mentioned how he had to convince himself to pause the shoot of Chain Reaction, as he was going through a physical health issue.
"I had a disc bulge and also a ruptured disc, and I started losing feeling and balance," he told.
During this condition he had a meeting with the Wachowski sisters, in which Reeves was told to take martial arts training in Hong Kong, he accepted the offer without caring about his health.
"I said yes to Matrix and four months into the training, but it was pretty bad so I went to a neck doctor and I also had spinal stenosis, my spine was being mutilated, basically," he confessed.
The actor further revealed how he didn’t say no the film, even after a major surgery, "I never told anyone because I didn't want to tell anyone I couldn't do the movie.”
"They put the plate in my neck and told me to start moving right away,” he added.
The Speed actor also noted, "I had to train for the Matrix with a neck brace."