Keanu Reeves is best known for playing the character of Neo in the iconic science fiction movie ‘The Matrix.’ However, as revealed in a recent interview on ‘The Art of Action’ podcast, Reeves almost lost the role due to neck injuries he sustained while filming ‘Speed’ and ‘They Call Him Bodhi.’
Reeves had been experiencing tingling sensations in his neck for a few years, and during the filming of ‘Chain Reaction,’ the situation worsened. Reeves revealed that he had a bulging disc and a ruptured disc, and he even had to resort to pinching himself to endure the discomfort.
Despite being in pain, Reeves accepted the offer to star in ‘The Matrix’ and underwent four months of martial arts training in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the situation worsened, and Reeves was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which resulted in the mutilation of his spine.
Reeves underwent surgery to fuse two vertebrae and have a plate inserted in his neck, but he kept it a secret, not admitting that he couldn’t proceed with the film. He continued to train for ‘The Matrix’ while wearing a neck brace.