For reference, Ali Wong and Randall Park were actively involved in the production process of Always Be My Baby, they wrote the scripts and starred in the film, and also acted as producers. And they played as integral a role as anyone else in bringing on superstar Keanu Reeves, doing it solely as a source of comically mind-blowing anguish for the Pac character.
For the record, Reeves first appears in “Always Be Mine, Maybe” just as Marcus is about to reveal his feelings to Sasha, a childhood sweetheart he’s recently reunited with after years of estrangement. As Wong pointed out in 2019 Additional interview, it had to be someone of the same caliber as Reeves, as she and Park conceived the role by asking, “Who would be the worst person Marcus that Sasha would date at that moment?” The actor added that Reeves’ Asian heritage played a big role in his casting: “And we wanted him to be like an Asian-American icon who was funny and a great actor…and literally nobody else.” He has always been ours. first choice.”
“We never thought we’d get it,” Park said. However, Reeves appears to be a fan of Wong’s stand-up scene, so it may have been a little easier to convince him to do the film than originally intended. Wong went on to quote Reeves, who modestly stated, “I would be honored to be a part of your love story” when he accepted the role. And just in case there were any questions, Reeves winked shamelessly as his worst self instantly became arguably one of his best roles to date.
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