Hideo Kojima Discusses Actor Keanu Reeves Almost Appearing in Death Stranding
In a new interview, Hideo Kojima discusses Keanu Reeves almost appearing in Death Stranding and wanting to work with him in the future.
In an interview with GameSpot, Hideo Kojima discusses actor Keanu Reeves almost appearing in Death Stranding.
“Keanu is a great guy,” says Kojima. “I have a close friend, Nicholas Refn, he introduced me to Mads and I made an offer to Mads to be in the game. I went to Denmark and talked to Nicholas again before I gave the offer to Mads, and I said I met Mads a couple of times but I really wanted to reconfirm with Nicholas that I really should work with Mads. Nicholas said, ‘I made Mads grow. He’s great, but the best guy is Keanu,’ and he was doing Neon Demon at the time. So he was trying to persuade me to use Keanu, and I thought maybe I will change from Mads to Keanu.”
“We were having this dinner, and there was this chef, and I called the chef and told him I’m thinking of using Mads, and asked what he thought,” Kojima continues. “Even the chef said maybe Keanu is better, even though he liked Mads a lot. But I did write the character for Mads, imagining him, so I am very happy that I offered it to Mads in the end.”
During a San Diego Comic Con panel, Kojima brought up Keanu Reeves almost being in the game. Everything seems to have worked out in the end since Reeves will appear in Cyberpunk 2077. That being said, Kojima is still open to working with Reeves in the future.
“So as I said, Keanu is a great guy, and in the future it would be great if we could work together,” Kojima says. “It could be a game, or maybe a movie or TV I might work on, so maybe next time. But I want to say Mads is really great. When I met Keanu, I was shocked that he was so polite; a real good guy. We are only one year apart in age, so the appreciation towards a lot of things are similar, I think. So in the future, I would like to offer something to Keanu.”
Death Stranding launches on November 8 on PlayStation 4.