The 2009 movie adaptation of the ground breaking graphic novel “Watchmen” was highly anticipated by fans of the source material and moviegoers alike. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film was a visual spectacle that stayed true to the dark and complex narrative of the comic book. While the film featured an impressive cast, including Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Crudup, it almost had Keanu Reeves in it.
Reeves, who has become one of the most beloved actors of his generation, was interested in the role of Dr. Manhattan, a character who was both intriguing and enigmatic. In an old interview with MTV, Reeves shared: “I went to the set. They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, ‘hi.’ They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”
However, for reasons that are still unclear, Reeves could not work out the role of Dr. Manhattan. The role was eventually played by Billy Crudup, who delivered a performance that was heavily praised by fans and critics alike. Crudup brought a depth and nuance to the character that perfectly captured his otherworldly nature.
It’s interesting to imagine what the film would have been like if Reeves had been able to play Dr. Manhattan. Reeves and Snyder have never worked together, but if they had, it would have been a treat for fans of both.
Despite not being able to play Dr. Manhattan, Reeves has gone on to have a successful career in Hollywood, starring in huge film franchises like “The Matrix” and “John Wick”. He has become a cultural icon, known for his humble demeanor and genuine kindness towards his fans.
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