In an interview with WrapperKeanu Reeves has opened up about the no-cost process he went through to land the role of Theodore “Ted” Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He described the whole situation as basically standard except for the last step, which quickly turned into an absurdity. “There was one extraordinary event: the last audition lasted seven hours,” he explained. “It was like a revolving door with partners. They just picked people.”
Reeves went on to describe the marathon in a way only a celebrity could. He said: “It was kind of sexy. It was like an orgy. Reminded me of Rome. But I think they got who they wanted and luckily I was one of the people they wanted.” There’s something funny about introducing Bill & Ted this way, because it’s incredibly likely that none of the characters even know what the term “orgy” means. Reeves himself would probably support this, because he described his character as “very innocent and naive”.
It’s also interesting to think of a studio pushing the boundaries of sonic logic by putting such overzealousness into the casting process for an objectively stupid film. Considering the devoted cult that now surrounds Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (as described in the chronicles Radar Games), we hope the cast found the entire audition process worth their while.