Actor Laurence Fishburne said that he did not lose anything when he refused a role in the fourth part of the legendary “Matrix”. The performer of the role of Morpheus in the original trilogy admitted that the film was better than he expected but worse than he had hoped. He discreetly praised Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for their contribution to the picture.
Laurence Fishburne shared his opinion about “The Matrix Resurrections” with a journalist for Variety. On December 16, the premiere of “The Matrix Resurrections” took place. In the story, Neo forgets about the Matrix and undergoes therapy with a specialist played by Neil Patrick Harris. The main character meets Trinity in a small cafe, but they do not recognize each other. Keanu Reeves called the fourth film “a great love story” and said that the story centers around the love relationship between Neo and Trinity.
Lana Wachowski, director and screenwriter of “The Matrix Resurrections” before the release of the film, explained why she decided to shoot a new part of a successful franchise. She admitted that after the death of her parents, she wanted to resurrect Neo and Trinity, who was once her closest heroes. Thus, Lana Wachowski tried to drown out the pain of losing her family. The director’s sister did not support her decision, so Lana decided to shoot the fourth part of The Matrix alone.
Critics and viewers rated the fourth “Matrix” low and the film grossed $153 million at the box office with a budget of $190 million. A scandal was connected with the release of the film on online platforms: the Australian company Village Roadshow sued Warner Bros. due to the fact that the movie “Matrix Resurrections” was released on the streaming platform, HBO Max.
Representatives of Village Roadshow said that due to the decision of Warner Bros. they lost a large part of the profit that an extended rental in cinemas could bring.