Alex Winter says Hollywood 'turned its nose up' at Bill and Ted
Alex Winter admits "Hollywood has turned its nose up" at a third 'Bill & Ted' movie.
The 53-year-old actor is set to reprise his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq in the upcoming third film in the comedy franchise, but he's admitted that the concept for the movie has underwhelmed some Hollywood film studios.
He explained: "We're in the pre-production on a third film. Chris [Matheson] and Ed [Solomon] wrote it in exactly the same style as the first two, but we've had the same response we had to the first two: mainstream Hollywood has turned its nose up, and the studios were like: 'This is weird.' We said: 'Correct, it's a Bill & Ted movie.'"
Despite the scepticism surrounding the film, the comedy series has already defied expectations.
And Alex has admitted that the first movie, 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure', transformed his life.
Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, he recalled: "I was in Austin the weekend the movie opened and walked into a diner to get change, and the whole place went crazy.
"It's been like that for 30 years now. I get it every day, from all ages. Maybe it's because Bill and Ted are written completely without cynicism."
Alex stars in the movies alongside Keanu Reeves, but in reality, he never even expected to be handed the role.
He said: "I met Keanu in my first audition to play Bill. Neither of us thought we would end up actually making the film. You don't get 90 percent of the jobs you audition for as a young actor, so we just enjoyed hanging out.
"We clicked over a couple of superficial things: we both showed up on motorbikes, we both played bass. And we were both from artsy, European, quasi-intellectual families.
"Because of our theatre backgrounds, we approached the characters in the same way. At that time, everything was 'method' in terms of the sincerity with which you'd look at your character.
"We were both marrying a clownish-type theatricality with this sincere take. We tried to find the distinctions between them. There's more of a floppiness to Ted, whereas Bill is making more of a concerted effort to attack the world - but he's failing completely."