Keanu Reeves Says He Turned Down ‘Watchmen’ And ‘Speed Racer’ Roles

Clearly Keanu Reeves has become perhaps THE go-to guy for cool sci-fi/genre properties in recent years (funny how a mega-blockbuster trilogy like “The Matrix” will help something like that). By the end of the year Keanu is going to add Klaatu to his roster of iconic roles in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, but there could have been even more on his geek-friendly resume. Just the other day he admitted to MTV News that there were two other high-profile roles he recently turned down, in the form of Dr. Manhattan AND Racer X!

Yes, Reeves confirmed the long whispered of rumors that he’d been offered the role of Dr. Manahattan in Zack Snyder’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of “Watchmen.” Saying he was absolutely interested in the role but had to pass because it simply “didn’t work out,” Reeves still expressed his enthusiasm for the “Watchmen” project.

“I went to the set,” he recalled. “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, ’hi.’ They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

As for re-teaming with the Wachowskis on “Speed Racer,” Reeves said they had indeed tried to get him for Racer X. “I wish [it had worked out],” Reeves said of the role that Matthew Fox filled, before affecting the voice of the character himself: “Speed, I’m not your brother!”

Did Keanu make the wrong call in passing on Dr. Manhattan and Racer X? Or will Billy Crudup and Matthew Fox ably fill the roles? What do you think?