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 has been writing about film, music, pop culture and the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. He has served as TheWrap’s awards editor and executive editor, awards since joining the company in 2009. Steve began his career writing about music for the Los Angeles Times, where he remained a contributor for more than 15 years, and Rolling Stone, where he was West Coast Music Editor and wrote 16 cover stories. He moved into film coverage with a weekly column in the Washington Post and became a contributing writer at Premiere magazine, where he became the first journalist to have all access to the Academy Awards show and rehearsals. He has also written for the New York Times, Movieline, the DGA Quarterly, GQ, Playboy, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, New York, the Christian Science Monitor, Live! magazine and many others. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards” (Faber and Faber, 2005). He has also written “Elvis in Hollywood” (New American Library, 1990) and contributed to books that include “Cash,” “The Rolling Stone Reader,” U2: The Rolling Stone Files,” “Bruce Springsteen: The Rolling Stone Files” and “The Rolling Stone Interviews: The 1980s.” He was the co-managing editor of the syndicated TV news program “The Industry News” and the creative consultant for the A&E series “The Inside Track With Graham Nash.” He has won L.A. Press Club awards for stories in TheWrap, the Los Angeles Times and Playboy, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for a story in Premiere.