TOKYO, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 10: Keanu Reeves attends the Japanese premiere of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ at Roppongi Hills on September 10, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)
Keanu Reeves is unquestionably one of the industry’s most universally beloved actors, a reputation he fully deserves thanks to decades of being the nicest, nicest guy in nearly every room he walks into, but even the worldwide popularity of the actor could not prevent The Matrix Resurrections bombings in China.
Even though the fourth installment in the sci-fi action franchise topped the local box office in its first weekend, the numbers were still low enough to drive another nail into the film’s profitability coffin.
It turns out that local audiences may have been actively boycotting Resurrections, according to the Taiwan Central News Agency. Reeves was recently announced for the Tibet House US benefit concert on March 3, which would have led Chinese nationalists to snub the latest chapter of The matrix saga in protest.
The annual event raises funds to help protect and ensure the survival of Tibetan culture, with the People’s Republic of China going to great lengths to ensure that the thorny political issues surrounding Tibet’s provincial status do not attract unwanted publicity. . In fact, no feature film can be released in Chinese theaters if it refers to Tibet, its people or its culture, such is the desire to prevent the situation from making international headlines.
Keanu Reeves potentially blasting his own blockbuster by agreeing to make an appearance at a virtual fundraiser isn’t something we expected to hear, but we live in a world that may be crazier than ever, so it’s not really a surprise either.