Canadian actor Keanu Reeves is a gifted actor. He has a long experience in the movie industry and has played some of the most iconic characters in movies. In 1986, he established himself in Hollywood by making appearances in a number of movies, including River’s Edge, John Wick, and Speed.

Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves

He is most well known, though, for his famous part in the Matrix franchise. A curious ‘curse‘ allegedly shrouded the 2003 sequel, according to several of Reeves’ fans. Unfortunate incidents that happened to the cast at that time are connected to this supposed curse according to fans.

The terrible events that occurred while making the sequel to The Matrix

Since its release in 1999 with Keanu Reeves in the lead role, The Matrix franchise has paved the way for other film franchises of this genre. The Wachowskis wrote and directed this science fiction action movie. The movie made a big impression on both the public and the critics. Following the success of the original film, sequels were produced. However, a string of tragic incidents that happened before the release of the sequels caused some fans to speculate about a possible “Curse of The Matrix.

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Keanu Reeves in The Matrix
Keanu Reeves in The Matrix

Unforeseen circumstances led to challenges that resembled obstacles out of a movie plot as planning for the sequels took form. First, the terrible passing of R&B superstar Aaliyah, who was set to play Zee, at the young age of 22, came first. Her scenes had to be reshot due to her unexpected death in an aircraft crash, which caused production delays.

The death of Gloria Foster, who played The Oracle, due to diabetes was another setback. Financial difficulties and the astronomical expense of the project’s elaborate special effects caused the difficulties to worsen. Despite these obstacles, the filmmakers continued, even if it meant having Keanu Reeves step in and help out by devoting a sizeable amount of his salary to the project.

Keanu Reeves experienced a number of tragic events as well

Keanu Reeves experienced an array of personal traumas around the time he was filming The Matrix sequels. His partner Jennifer Syme experienced a devastating tragedy in 1999 when their daughter was stillborn. The grieving couple ultimately split up, but their bond remained strong. Reeves himself was involved in a motorcycle accident that same year, which required hospitalization due to serious injuries. As filming got underway, luck struck again, keeping him from working because of a foot injury. Reeves continued to work with passion despite suffering from personal tragedies.

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Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves

In April 2001, tragedy struck once more when Jennifer Syme died in a car accident in Los Angeles. Then the news of his sister Kim’s leukemia, a battle she had bravely fought for ten years, came after this heartbreaking loss. Reeves made a challenging choice in the middle of all the heartache he had to endure. He took a break from the movie to be with his sister. He took her to Hawaii to provide her comfort and strength through her difficult times. These sad incidents raised questions about the movie’s creation and sparked rumors about the “Curse of The Matrix.”

Given the number of tragedies the cast members, including Reeves, have experienced, fans’ doubts that the franchise is cursed are truly reasonable. However, it’s clear that the audience adores The Matrix franchise regardless of whether the curse is real or not.

The full series of The Matrix is currently available for streaming on Max.

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Source: Evening Standard

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