Keanu Reeves and his costar Winona Ryder had legendary Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola at the helm of their 1997 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But even with such a respected artist giving him direction, Reeves bravely refused an on-set order. Now, the actress that was by his side that day has revealed precisely why.
A Star-Studded Duo
Ryder and Reeves have worked together multiple times, creating flicks such as 2006’s A Scanner Darkly and Destination Wedding in 2018. But it was the actor’s behavior on the set of their 1992 film that made a huge impression on his co-star. However, she waited more than 30 years to tell the world about it.
No Stranger to Controversy
At that point in the early ’90s, Reeves was a star, but not quite the revered actor and humanitarian we know today. So, for him to stand up to a director like Coppola would have been a big deal. But Ryder revealed he had no hesitation in doing so – and he had good reason to hold his ground.
Getting His Groove
Keanu Reeves wasn’t much for academia, but auditioning for the Etobicoke School of the Arts changed his high school experience – at least for a little while. The performing-centric curriculum suited him, but he eventually proved too energetic for a rigid program. So, he went to another school and focused on sports instead.
Ditching the Puck
That transfer almost prevented us from knowing Reeves as the Hollywood star he is today. He played goalie for the school hockey team, and he decided to pursue a professional career in the sport. But the aspiring athlete got injured – and that made him decide to become an actor instead.
Heartthrob in the Making
So, Reeves headed to Hollywood in 1986 and he ended up getting his start on the silver screen. He acted in teen films including Permanent Record and River’s Edge, which came out the same year that he moved to Los Angeles. His big break would come three years later, though.
In 1989 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure came out, with Reeves starring as the second-billed titular character. His performance as the smart stoner named Ted shot him to fame, even if the film itself wasn’t appreciated by every critic. Still, the movie did well at the box office and opened the door to even more opportunities for the young actor.