How bittersweet is it to be sitting here and talking about this
final instalment of the Matrix?
K.R. Bittersweet...where is the bitter part?
B.L. There is
no bitter part...
K.R. I had a great time. Some of the best days of my life were making
these films and I feel great to have been able to be a part of it.
It's really exciting that Revolutions is coming out.
B.L. You hang
up your coat, it's all said and done and now it's been
a while since you have played Neo. When you look back at it all
what surprised you about yourself in your abilities and your capabilities
to play this character?
K.R. Oh God, I don't know if I could evaluate it like that.
B.L. Tell me
how you see it, because this is a huge thing that you went through.
K.R. It was a gift, it was a gift from the gods. To work on something
that you love, to be acting and to be working on something that
I love is the greatest gift. Every day was great.
B.L. But how
did Neo influence you? Here's a character that just pushes
himself to the brink and you do the same.
K.R. It's lovely to play an honorable man. He's a man
who is conflicted, but also Neo is a pretty honorable guy. He's
also loved and to be in love with Trinity is one of the greatest
things to play.
B.L. Yes, we
do see in Revolutions that he is human and I want to talk
about your relationship with Carrie-Anne Moss because I can't
imagine that that's a friendship that will ever cease.
K.R. Yeah, you're right.
B.L. Tell me
about working with her.
K.R. Oh, she's absolutely amazing. We kind of partnered up,
especially in the first one and she's such a remarkable actress
and person. What is so remarkable? The way she looks at life and
tries to understand herself and others emotionally. She's
emotionally responsible and her thought and her light. How she lives
her life and the joy that she wants to have and her bravery as a
person is really inspiring. She's funny and beautiful and
talented, so I love Trinity.
B.L. You love
K.R. I love Carrie-Anne, Neo loves Trinity, it's all I ever
say. Recently in Los Angeles the posters have been going up and
I'll drive by and I always say, "I love Trinity."
B.L. How monumentally
has working on this movie changed your life?
K.R. Oh God, a lot. It's changed it professionally and personally.
B.L. Has it
made you think about what choices you make now especially for the
fact that these movies are all about choices?
K.R. Yeah, but I mean that was always something that was important
to me but I just feel grateful and I had such a great time making
these films. I love the films.
B.L Was there
ever a day on the set where you thought, "what have I gotten
K.R. No, and if it was, it was just like, yeah cool!
B.L. Lets talk
a little about the final scene in Revolutions when Neo comes face
to face with Agent Smith and you have your final battle in this
unbelievable rainstorm. Visually it's unreal.
K.R. Yes, it's spectacular.
B.L. What was it like shooting that?
K.R. It was great fun. I got to work with HugoWeaving who was playing
Smith. I don't know, it was just great fun. Challenging, but
that's great. I love hard work.
B.L. Do you
ever think about topping this experience or do you want to?
K.R. I don't know, I don't think about it like that.
To me it's not about topping or whatever that is. I just feel
grateful to be a part of something where I get a chance to do what
I love and to be a part of something that I really respect, appreciate
B.L. Why do
you think that these Matrix films are so popular?
K.R. Because they rock! (laughs)
B.L. I totally
K.R. They totally rock, man. There is so much movie on the screen,
there's ideas, there's kung fu, there's interesting
relationships. I think that they are ethical, moral. The taste,
the aesthetic, and how much movie is on the screen. I enjoy and
respect and I feel that from the filmmakers. I think that they are
fun, I think that they are provocative and I think cinematically
they're unique. I think the acting and the relationships that
you see in the films, the editing and the music, the style, the
content is just really unique. They are great, get some popcorn
sit down and watch the Matrix. You know what I mean, all of them.
I think that the care that Larry and Andy Wachowski — the
writers/directors —what they have put in these movies is just
B.L. There is
no clear cut answer at the end of this film, as far as I'm
K.R. What answer are you looking for?
B.L. I wasn't
really looking for an answer.
K.R. What is the question? I think to the journey of the hero and
I think traditionally and mythically it's answered, but life
B.L. How is
Revolutions going to satisfy die-hard Matrix fans?
B.L. I don't know, I hope they dig it.
B.L. Do you
look at scripts differently now?
K.R. In what way?
B.L. I can't
imagine that there is anything out there that is as challenging
as Neo ... OK, maybe working with Jack Nicholson might compare.
K.R. Oh he's so awesome, I just got to work with Jack and
oh my God he's amazing. He's absolutely incredible.
B.L. But that's
a different challenge. When you look at something, how do you pick
now? It's amazing what you have done in the Matrix films and
it's something that will live on forever, it's a part
K.R. I don't know. Thank you, that's very kind. Hopefully
I just want to do good work and make good films.
B.L. Now you
are shooting Constantine.
K.R. Constantine rocks.
based on the comic hero Hellblazer, how cool is that?
K.R. It's awesome. Now working with (director) Francis Lawrence,
it's his first feature and I don't know, we are four
weeks in and I'm working with Rachel Weisz and it's
a great script, it's conceptual, it has great ideas and it's
a fun character and great crew and hopefully people will like it.
I am working right now, which is great. It's a great part
and I hope it will turn out.
K.R. Lots of "hopefullys" these days.