Keanu Reeves has made his directorial debut with a martial arts movie called "Man of Tai Chi," opening FRIDAY and now on VOD.

The first part of that sentence might seem surprising, if only because of unfair ideas about the actor.

The second part, however, is about what you'd expect from "The Matrix" star, who famously parlayed his on-screen kung fu abilities into one of the most successful trilogies of all time.

amNewYork spoke with Reeves about the new flick.

Why direct this project, and why do it now?

I found that I was developing this story for about five years. It just started to fill my heart and my vision. As you're working on a story, it's personal. Before "Man of Tai Chi" I started thinking about directing, wanting to direct and was just looking for a story to tell.

Was there any sort of a learning curve?

I would just say that I felt comfortable. I really had the vision of just what was the story and collaborating with all the other elements of the film.

What draws you to martial arts stories?

I think as soon as we decided to do a film utilizing tai chi, for me it has such a wonderful ground in drama. If we look at the iconographic ideas of light and dark, ... absorbing energy or giving it back, these are very dramatic actions. To deal with traditional and modern, to use the internal and external, to deal with action and way, consequence, transformation.

Totally unrelated: What's the status of the next "Bill & Ted" movie?

We're waiting for a rewrite from the writers. The story's pretty much set. It's just, the script they wrote would have cost $300 million to do, and no one wants to spend $300 million on "Bill & Ted 3."

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