It’s time to party on, dudes! Bill & Ted Face The Music is on its way to theaters and on demand. It’s been more 30 years since we’ve seen Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) go on an adventure, learn new things and try to get themselves out of high school problems. This time the biggest issue they’ll face: middle age.
It started in 1989 with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel two years later, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Bogus Journey where Bill and Ted learn history through time travel using a telephone booth. Both movies went on to become pop culture hits and in some way, launched Reeves to stardom. We’ll see what they’ll use the infamous telephone booth for this time around. Cue “What is that?” jokes from younger audiences.
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USA Today’s Brian Truitt caught up with Reeves and Winter about reprising their roles for Bill & Ted Face The Music and how their characters evolved. “They’ve been under a lot of pressure. They have a destiny to fulfill and it hasn’t happened. Alex and I have some water under our bridges,” Reeves, 55, says. “They decided to persevere, so I think we can relate to that.”
“They’re really fun characters to play and there are aspects of myself in Bill, obviously, but this is about grown men with families and lives and responsibilities, and it was fun to bring a little bit of that groundedness to these guys.” Winter added.
Bill and Ted are years from their Wyld Stallyns days and have flamed out becoming wedding singers and they’re also fathers now – Thea (Bill’s daughter played by Samara Weaving) and Billie (Ted’s kid plays by Brigette Lundy-Paine).
Writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon wanted “a feel-good movie about disappointment, disillusionment and failure,” Solomon says. “And people wouldn’t have it. However, as things just got more divided and more cynical, maybe in a way this became a better template against which the movie could open because the movie is totally uncynical. There’s no meanness.”
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Source: USA Today
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