Kojima Would Like To Work With Keanu Reeves In The Future
You may have heard the story that Nicolas Winding Refn was going to convince Hideo Kojima to include Keanu Reeves instead of Mads Mikkelsen in the Death Stranding, even if in reality it was the director that has allowed Kojima to meet Mikkelsen.
After the recent side-by-side appearance of Death Stranding game director Hideo Kojima and Keanu Reeves on Twitter during Keanu Reeves’ visit to the Death Stranding studio, many were wondering whether the two would have any collaborative efforts with one another. According to Kojima in a recent interview, he actually does have a desire to work with The Matrix star.
The game designer and director in japan has confirmed the story in a recent interview during the days of the Tokyo Game Show in 2019 and he added he would still like to work with Reeves in movies, TV programs or games if you will never have the chance.
“Keanu is a great guy,” he said. “I have a close friend, Nicolas 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 Nicolas 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 Nicolas that I really should work with Mads.
“So he was trying to persuade me to use Keanu, and I thought maybe I will change from Mads to Keanu,”
Kojima explained that, when having dinner somewhere, he asked the chef for their opinion on whether to cast Reeves or Mikkelsen for the role in Death Stranding when the chef said that
“maybe Keanu is better, even though he liked Mads a lot.”
“Keanu is a great guy, and in the future it would be great if we could work together,”
“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.”
Ultimately, then, it appears that things worked out well for the two larger-than-life figures. While Kojima was working on Death Stranding, Reeves was busy starring in Cyberpunk 2077, apparently having the second most dialogue in CD Projekt RED’s next game. However, it is interesting to think about what projects Reeves and Kojima may start together in the future.
Death Stranding is releasing November 8, 2019, on PlayStation 4