Hugo Weaving “really wanted” to return as Agent Smith in “The Matrix 4”, but was prevented from doing so by a scheduling conflict.
The 60-year-old actor gave a memorable performance as an AI villain in the original trilogy, and his battles with Keanu Reeves’ Neo showcased some of the most acclaimed CGI and stunt work seen in theaters in the early years. 2000s.
Weaving was offered the chance to return as Agent Smith by director Lana Wachowski in the new film, but as the set collided with his lead role in the theatrical production of “The Visit,” he felt that he had to honor his already agreed commitment.
Speaking to Collider, Hugo explained, “Lana was very keen on me being a part of (‘The Matrix 4’). I really wanted to because I love them all very much.”
The “Lord of the Rings” star revealed he felt a “reluctance” to return to the sci-fi franchise, but was convinced to join the project by script before his planning headache.
Hugo said: “I was initially reluctant to come back to see ‘The Matrix’ again, having done three films already, but then I read the script and got an offer from my agent. J I immediately answered yes to that, and then we entered into the negotiation.
“I was doing a play, back then, but we were working on dates and things so I could do both. And then Lana decided she didn’t want to change her dates, so I couldn’t. not do it. In a nutshell, that’s what happened. “
Weaving – who has worked with Lana on other films such as “V for Vendetta” and “Cloud Atlas” – admits it’s a “pity” that he can’t find actors like Reeves and Carrie-Anne. Moss.
He said: “There are a lot of people on this set that I would love to see again. It’s such a shame that I don’t, but I don’t, and that’s good.”