How Randall Park’s Keanu Reeves fantasy came true
When Randall Park and Ali Wong wrote the Netflix romantic comedy “Always Be My Maybe,” they never expected that their “dream get” for an Asian American love interest—Keanu Reeves— would actually sign on to play opposite Wong’s character Sasha. The Netflix rom-com follows childhood sweethearts Sasha and Marcus (played by Ali Wong and Randall Park) and how they reconnect after 15 years apart.
Reeves plays an over-the-top version of himself, who is overly poetic and Hollywood, yet still charming. He plays a rival love interest of Sasha, who Marcus is extremely (and understandably) jealous of. The A-list cameo was kept under wraps until the film debuted on Netflix.
“I mean, what are the chances, you write a script and you want to have Keanu playing Keanu?” Park, also a producer on the film, shared on “Salon Talks.” “We were living in a fantasy world. When it came down to trying to get him, that's where it was like, ‘Oh, well, it was fun writing it, but let's be prepared to rewrite this for someone else.’ During a window in his ‘John Wick 3’ shooting, he came to San Francisco, shot with us.”
Watch the video above to learn about how Randall Park created Keanu Reeves’ character. And check out the full episode to hear Park explain why he never expected ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” to get past the pilot episode.
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