Jonathan Groff, who plays Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Resurrections, talks about how he slammed Reeves’ head against a wall when filming fight scenes with him.
Groff joins Matrix veterans Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as Jessica Henwick, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Neil Patrick Harris, in the next sequel. The Matrix Resurrections, directed and written by Lana Wachowski, will be released in theatres and on HBO Max on December 22.
Matrix 4 Star Slammed Keanu Reeves
Groff portrays a mysterious new incarnation of Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith in The Matrix Resurrections. Though the program-turned-virus was seemingly destroyed by the machines after being exposed once he assimilated Neo (Reeves) in The Matrix Revolutions, Smith appears to have survived into the Matrix’s rebooted digital world, though his intentions remain a mystery, much like the new machine/human conflict featured in The Matrix Resurrections.
The identity of Groff’s role has reportedly been verified by character photos, and trailers have teased a fight between him and Neo, and now the actor has spoken out about facing off against the Matrix legend.
Groff discusses filming intense fight scenes with Reeves with EW. When Groff was filming a sequence in which Smith would slam Neo’s skull into a wall, Wachowski proposed that Groff position his finger below Reeves’ eyeball when striking to improve the movement for the camera, which Reeves consented to. Groff then praised the working environment on set, mentioning the trust that went into designing the moment as well as the mutual respect that everyone showed during filming.
Check out Groff’s full response below.
“Lana’s like, ‘If you could do an open palm and put your finger right underneath Keanu’s eyeball and then smash his face into the wall, that would be great for camera. I look at Keanu and he just gave me the nod, like, ‘Go for it.’ And the trust! I mean, I have to spin in a circle, slap my hand on his face, and then smash it into the thing. I feel like there’s so much love and respect that is swapped in those moments.”
Groff’s involvement was disclosed in December 2019, albeit his character was unknown to audiences at the time of casting.
The star was first seen in a series of teaser photos, including one that referenced Smith’s interrogation scene in The Matrix, in which Groff’s jaw is sealed shut.