Keanu Reeves can now say he’s one of the many actors that China despises after much of his filmography has been scrubbed from Chinese streaming platforms, according to The Los Angles Times (via IndieWire). The Matrix: Resurrections actor faced criticism from the country’s government for his attendance at a pro-Tibet benefit concert, leading to China slamming their censorship hammer down hard on Reeves.
At least 19 of his films have been pulled from Tencent Video while any film he’s done is scrubbed with iQiyi noting there are no results “due to relevant laws, regulations and policies.” Bilibili, and Xigua Video also have removed films featuring the actor.
Both Youku and Migu Video are the only ones housing a film featuring the Speed actor. That film being Toy Story 4, but even so the credits omit Keanu Reeves by only showing the dubbing cast while everything else remains in English.
It’s hard to tell if this swift bout censorship is due to the government stepping in, demanding actions be taken or if streaming platforms are doing this as a sort of precautionary measure.