While the best expectations are created around the fourth version of ‘Matrix’, we can confirm that Keanu Reeves will not have the most dangerous rival of Agent Smith who had chased him in the first three versions, in the hands of actor Hugo Weaving. And taking advantage of the fact that ‘Lone Wolf’ premiered in Australia, we chased him, to find out the true reasons for the ‘virtual’ absence in ‘The Matrix Resurrections’.
How is it that the new version of ‘The Matrix’ is not going to have him again as Agent Smith? They didn’t even call him?
“Actually Lana Wachowski was very excited to have me again among the protagonists of Matrix 4 and I also wanted to because I appreciate all the members of the film crew very much.”
Isn’t it true that you had your doubts about going back?
“Well, at first I had my doubts about going back to The Matrix, after having shot three productions, but when I read the script, I immediately accepted the offer. The problem arose later, when the negotiations with my representative began, I was doing a play and we tried to find dates where I could have done both jobs. But Lana decided she didn’t want to change any of her dates and we couldn’t agree. That’s what really happened. “
Did you ever see the multiple wax statues of him that immortalized him as Agent Smith from The Matrix in the VIP Museum at Warner Bros. Studios?
“I had already seen the reproductions of my body, in the studio when we filmed The Matrix, for the scenes that multiplied me in The cinema. Let’s say I saw them enough not to forget my whole life, but I didn’t see them in any museum either, because I haven’t been to Warner in a long time either. But I had already seen the originals ”.
After the hits of ‘Matrix’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘V for Vendetta’ with Natalie Portman or ‘Wolfman’ with Benicio del Toro and the newest ‘Lone Wolf’, find some common ground between the different genres of cinema?
“To some extent I think horror movies are similar to the science fiction genre. For example, in ‘V for Vendetta’ he spoke in the present, although he referred to a world of the future, where he spoke politically of the fascism of state control. But the common point is to deal with topics that interest us. And all genres have their strengths, because they are based on basic human considerations such as the Werewolf Werewolf raises to what extent humanity is really civilized and we can repress our instincts or how we do to control ourselves, in addition to talking about the fears we may have in society. And in fantasy stories they can also highlight certain themes that affect us. If the cinema did not talk about who we are or show our psychologies, we probably would not be so interested. We are interested in our own nature and the structure in general, in all genres it is very similar, although it looks different in the cinema ”.
Did Matrix Agent Smith somehow resemble the detective who later chased Benicio del Toro in ‘Wolfman’?
“People could have compared them just because they saw the same actor, but at least I don’t see it that way. In ‘Wolfman’ I was an English detective, we didn’t even know where he was from. But in style they may have been similar. I think Smith liked control a lot more. I even think Smith had a lot more in common with V from ‘V for Vendetta,’ as a character who wants nothing to do with human feelings. “
Were you also the voice of one of the characters in ‘Legends of the Guardians’?
Yes, a couple of characters actually. And I tell you that the process of adding the voice to a character is much longer than movie acting, because animators need the voices first before filming or animating scenes. The experience was wonderful. One of the characters was the one who narrated the story and the other was the owl who did something not to sacrifice his life. But the voices are different because one sounds like the worst Australian and the other sounds much more like me.
From an acting point of view, is the job of adding the voice without anyone in front much more difficult than acting in front of a green screen due to CGI digital effects, with nothing around, with effects that are actually changed later from a computer?
2 Depends on the movie. With ‘Wolfman’ for example I had no problems with CGI because at least we were in the original settings and it was fantastic. And although there are special effects, with CGI at least I’m always acting with other actors. I don’t have to imagine too much. Now with ‘Matrix’, it’s where we had the most CGI digital effects, most of the performances were in front of a green screen. To tell the truth, I never really enjoyed it either, but it’s a technical necessity. You have to do what you have to do. But it is not what one chooses as an actor. There are elements that we need to imagine to get a good performance. And in that sense I prefer to be in natural settings ”.
Information taken from Vanguardia