ORLANDO, Fla. — Keanu Reeves’ faces crinkles slightly when he hears the phrase, “Keanussance.”
Yes, the Toronto-raised actor is on a bit of a roll in 2019. First, his titular action hero John Wick slayed the box office in last month’s Parabellum. Then had Twitter obsessing over him following an over-the-top cameo, as himself, in the Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe. Next week, he voices Canada’s greatest stuntman Duke Caboom, a discarded action figure relegated to an antique shop, in Toy Story 4.
And later this year, he’ll be back to reprise his role as Ted Logan in Bill & Ted Face the Music.
But Keanussance? The idea that his late-stage career is enjoying an uptick after years in movie purgatory does leave him looking puzzled. But for an actor who has worked steadily since he started off doing bit parts for the CBC in the early 1980s, he’ll take it.
Then again, maybe that’s just the polite Canadian in him shining through.
“A revival?” Reeves, 54, says, pausing. “Well, I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to be having a revival and thank you.”