I don’t know if any of you have seen the trailers for the latest “comic-book” movie to come out of Hollywood — Constantine — but I have to say that not since I learned Winona Ryder was playing opposite Richard #@$%-ing Gere in the woeful Autumn in New York has the casting of a film gotten me so riled up.
When I first learned that Constantine (based on DC’s Vertigo title Hellblazer) was being made, I was pleased… John Constantine is a great character, and while I haven’t followed the series closely, I have enjoyed the parts of it I have read — and his appearances in other DC books (like Sandman or The Books of Magic) have been fun.
Then I learned that Keanu Reeves is playing the titular role…
Keanu @#%$-ing Reeves!
Never mind that Keanu is a generally sucky, one-dimensional actor…
John Constantine is British! And based on what I’ve seen in the trailers, Keanu doesn’t even try a British accent…
Don’t get me wrong, there are some roles Keanu has done well in. Johnny Mnemonic has one of the greatest monolgues in the history of film — the “slag heap” speech, as my buddy called it. Priceless stuff. Besides, Johnny has had part of his brain removed — that would explain why his personality is so flat, and plays into one of Keanu’s strengths.
I mean sure, Constantine is a generally cool cucumber… but I’m sure there are any number of British actors who could do it better.
It’s a shame, really. It could have been so cool… and yet, Keanu makes me fear it will suck.
There is some potential for redemption in the person of Rachel Weisz… rowr.