Whenever a film is a box-office hit, the natural next step is to make a sequel
. And the majority of the time that sequel has roughly the same cast, at least when it comes to the leading roles. Sometimes, however, the cast of a sequel can look rather different from the cast of the original. Whether they like it or not, directors have to deal with the fact that actors aren’t always keen for a sequel, even if the first film did well.
Keanu Reeves didn’t join his co-star Sandra Bullock for the sequel to the 1994 action movie ‘Speed.’ In a 2018 interview on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ he said it was because he didn’t like the script.
In the original movie, Reeves played police officer Jack Traven, who is also the love interest of Sandra Bullock’s character, Annie. When Reeves said no to the sequel, an off-screen breakup was introduced.
Sources suggest that after ‘Bruce Almighty’ (2003) there was a sequel planned, but that Jim Carrey turned down the main role because he doesn’t like to do the same character twice (although he has done so).