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Keanu Reeves Almost Had A Very Different Stage Name

Keanu Reeves Almost Had A Very Different Stage Name

The Matrix star Keanu Reeves was asked to change his name early on in his career

Before Keanu Reeves became a huge movie star he was very close to having a very different/ridiculous name. Watch below:

Ahead of the release of The Matrix Resurrections, Keanu told Good Morning America that he was once asked to take on a stage name because 'Keanu' was dubbed by some as 'too 'exotic'.

The 57-year-old explained: "So, I’m 20 years old, I’m in my first car, I wanted to be in movies, I went to Hollywood.

"And I get there and they’re like, ‘we wanna change your name'."

When a young Keanu questioned the Hollywood people at the time, their response was that his name is 'a little too exotic'.

Wanting to make a good impression, he then considered some alternatives.

After taking a deep breath, Reeves gives interviewer Michael Strahan a name.

"Chuck Spadina," the actor claimed was the stage name he almost adopted.

"I just came up with ridiculous names," he added.

However, to the relief of many, he opted to stick with his real name.

Reeves admitted that he simply 'couldn't do it'.


The Matrix: Resurrections will be the fourth film in the neo-noir sci-fi franchise.

Lana Wachowski will direct and the movie will star Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, alongside series newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff.

Due for release this December - some 18 years after 2003's The Matrix Revolutions - the latest instalment will see Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss) back in what appears the Matrix programme, although neither of them recognise each other or remember anything about their past lives.

Details of the plot are still pretty thin on the ground, but we do know it's set two decades after The Matrix Revolutions, and once again has something to do with mysterious red and blue pills.


Sadly, there's no Laurence Fishburne this time around, whose character Morpheus is now being played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The actor has previously spoken out about the fact that he's not involved the fourth instalment of The Matrix franchise, simply saying he wasn't asked.

The Matrix Resurrections will be released in UK cinemas on 22 December.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: Keanu Reeves, The Matrix, TV and Film