Keanu really likes this role. And he's keen about pursuing it. If you notice, Hollywood stars are not much interested in making anime or Japanese-inspired games flick. Look at Street Fighters and Dragonball. The movie adaptation is great but there's an absence of a real force behind it - a famous Hollywood actor.
This trend is going to change with Cowboy Bebop. Cowboy Bebop is a true-blue Japanese anime. In fact, it is the second best Jap anime series the world had seen, based on surveys. Now Keanu has signed in to make it. And movie critics can just sit back, predict the outcome, and just see how things go.
Cowboy Bebop is a cult anime series. It may have a good set of followers - but they were all anime addicts anyway. It is now on Keanu's hands to bring anime to the mainstream. If he can do it, now that's history. Maybe bigger name stars would compete with anime roles hence?
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