Keanu Reeves Makes a Joke About The Matrix 4 Being Streamed on HBO Max

Keanu Reeves makes a joke about The Matrix Resurrections being available on HBO Max.

In 1999’s The Matrix, the Canadian actor played Thomas Anderson, a computer programmer by day and hacker by night, who discovers that humanity is unknowingly living in a simulated reality in which robots use their bodies as an energy source.

Neo harnesses his great power within the Matrix with the help of Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and discovers his destiny as The One, a person destined to free mankind. The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003, saw Reeves resume his role.

Matrix 4 on HBO Max

Now, in The Matrix Resurrections, Reeves reprises his career-defining role as Neo for the first time in a resurrection of the series directed completely by Lana Wachowski. Moss returns as Trinity, as does Jada Pinkett Smith, who reprises her role from the previous two movies. Several new actors, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, Jonathan Groff as Agent Smith, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Sati will play versions of characters featured in prior films in Resurrections. Bugs is played by Jessica Henwick, and The Analyst is played by Neil Patrick Harris.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Reeves joked about watching The Matrix 4 on HBO Max, which will be released on December 22 in theatres and on the streaming service at the same time.

After the interviewer admitted he will probably watch The Matrix Resurrections at home on a laptop, Reeves jokingly chastised him, “Dude? Don’t stream that movie… Don’t you f**ing stream that movie. What are you, crazy? You’re going to stream the new Matrix on a laptop?” Reeves eventually let up and smiled, saying “I mean, sure, stream it if you have to.”

Reeves’ joking with the reporter not only shows his eccentricity as an actor, especially his ability to switch from humor to seriousness in an instant, but it also shows his thoughts on Warner Bros.’ contentious distribution approach. WB’s decision to release their full 2021 slate day-and-date in theatres and on HBO Max, which caused a dispute between the studio and Tenet director Christopher Nolan, was widely panned. Denis Villeneuve was first unhappy with Dune’s immediate streaming availability, but eventually changed his mind and supported the choice.

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