Here’s an Excellent Flashback: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s Earliest ‘Bill & Ted’ Interviews (Exclusive)

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“I’m pretty bad,” Reeves said of his acting on the set of the cult classic from 33 years ago

In early April of 1987, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter weren’t particularly well known. “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” was an offbeat teen comedy that was in the final stages of production, but wouldn’t be released for two years and wouldn’t become a cult hit that spawned two sequels for even longer. But through circumstances that are explained here, I spent a couple of days on the set of the movie and interviewed the actors in what were surely two of their earliest interviews about their characters of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan.

The interviews never ran because I didn’t actually have an assignment to write about “Bill & Ted” at the time and I had stopped by the Phoenix set as a favor to a friend — but with the film’s second sequel, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” coming out on Aug. 28, I dug out my old interview cassette. So here, only 33 years later, are what a 22-year-old Keanu Reeves and a 21-year-old Alex Winter had to say about the roles they are now returning to after three decades.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond

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