‘Toy Story 4′: Keanu Reeves’ Duke Caboom Character Puts The Actor’s Long Career In A New Light

The Playlist | 5/28/2019 | Griffin Schiller
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There has to be something immensely gratifying as a director when, during your initial meetings with Keanu Reeves, the actor says, “Right now I’m filming ‘John Wick 3′…I got to kill a guy with a book.” This is what “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley revealed to us while discussing the film’s new action figure, Duke Caboom, during a press conference at Pixar.

“Toy Story 4” dropped its final trailer recently to which we not only got a better sense of the journey Woody and the gang are embarking upon, but the prominence of Reeves’ explosive new character aptly dubbed Canada’s Greatest Stuntman. Perhaps with the recent critical and commercial success of ‘John Wick 3,’ it felt appropriate to highlight the actor’s charismatic Buster Keaton-inspired action figure and the zesty flavor he’s going to bring to the table in this fourth ‘Toy Story.’ Upon screening the footage during my visit to Pixar last month, Caboom was without question my favorite new addition as the character not only played with the action hero tropes but was the embodiment of Reeves himself.

Keanu - Reeves - Resurgence - Keanissance - Reeveissance

Keanu Reeves has been going through somewhat of a resurgence as of late in what I am calling the Keanissance (or is it Reeveissance?). During the late ’80s and ’90s, Reeves was mostly categorized as the “surfer action dude” after the break out success of the “Bill & Ted” films and “Point Break.” To change this perception and expand his catalog of work, Reeves tried his hand at something more serious and dramatic with the Francis Ford Coppola film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Unfortunately for Reeves, while the film itself garnered mostly positive reception, his performance was brutally panned. Many questioned what exactly Reeves was doing, and sadly, the actor was hurt in the process taking many of these criticisms to heart. While...
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