Keanu Reeves says he “always” wanted to play Wolverine

Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves said he never regretted turning down a role, but admitted “I always wanted to play Wolverine” in the superhero franchise.

Hugh Jackman, 54, played the Marvel character in eight X-Men films from 2000 to 2016 and last appeared as a comic book character in the 2017 standalone film Logan.

He is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool 3 movie alongside Ryan Reynolds in the title role as the foul-mouthed anti-hero following the success of the first two films.

Hugh Jackman arrives for the UK premiere of The Wolverine (Ian West/PA)

While attending a reddit AMA, Reeves was asked if there’s ever been a role in his career that he regretted turning down. He replied, “No…but I’ve always wanted to play Wolverine.”

No stranger to superhero films, Reeves helmed the 2005 DC adaptation Constantine, a role he said he would love to take on in an upcoming sequel.

When asked if he’d spoken to DC Studios head James Gunn regarding Constantine 2, Reeves said, “Yes, and so have I.”

The John Wick star, 58, also revealed that his favorite memory from working on the hit 1991 film Point Break was working with the late American actor Patrick Swayze.

“He was a gentleman and a consummate professional, a movie star, an inspiration,” Reeves said.

John Wick: Gala Screening of Chapter 2 - London

Keanu Reeves attends a gala screening of John Wick: Chapter 2 in London (Ian West/PA)

Reeves also revealed that he never stole anything from a movie set, but was in possession of “John Wick’s watch and wedding ring, a sword from 47 Ronin, and the first red pill the Wachowskis ever gave me.”

Speaking about the latest John Wick installment, he said the film is the “most difficult one to shoot” but “it gloriously has the most action.”

When asked which director, actor or actress he would like to work with in the future, Reeves said, “Let’s go with David Fincher today.”

The Hollywood actor also had a great answer to the question, “What’s your favorite movie that you’ve worked on?”.

He wrote: “Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! F***, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh… I’ve been very fortunate to work on a couple of life changing films.

“I can’t choose one. But here are a few – River’s Edge, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Matrix Trilogy, The Devil’s Advocate, A Scanner Darkly, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, John Wick.”

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze starred alongside Keanu Reeves (Joel Ryan/PA) in Point Break.

Reeves opened up about his fondest moment with late co-star River Phoenix while filming the 1992 drama My Own Private Idaho.

He said: “I had a scene with River Phoenix and he was on the back of a motorcycle that I was riding while we were filming.

“It wasn’t extracurricular, but we went a bit off the beaten path and came back with no helmets. Only two friends play. It was a really good day.”

Reeves added that it was “extraordinary” to be working in the city of Paris while filming “Dangerous Liaisons” in 1987 and that he “would love to” be in a musical but “can’t sing.”

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