Comic-Con@Home was most excellent on Saturday as the cast and crew of BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC came together for a virtual panel.
Keanu Reeves (Ted Logan) and Alex Winter (Bill Preston) were joined by their on-screen daughters Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie Logan) and Samara Weaving (Thea Preston), as well as returning actor William Sadler (Death), original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).
Before going down memory lane with the stars and creative team, director Kevin Smith, who moderated the panel, gave the movie a rave review. The film’s last half hour also left him in tears. “This movie’s transcended, like they cracked the code. It’s a beautiful experience,” he said.
The sequel, set 29 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, features the famous time-traveling duo going on another adventure. The now middle-aged best friends plan to steal a song from their future selves to save the world. (Though Bill points out to Ted in one of the scenes from the film, “How is it stealing if we’re stealing it from ourselves, dude?”).
The idea for the movie came around 10 years ago. Winter explained during a dinner, Matheson and Solomon pitched “a piss-take of Dickens, of going back into your life and finding that each iteration of your life was worse than the previous” to him and Reeves.
Winter added that at the time, none of them thought it was worth making another Bill & Ted movie unless it was great, and so began the long journey to a third film in the series.
New cast members, Lundy-Paine and Weaving talked about imitating Reeves and Winter’s physical quirks, while trying to keep Billy and Thea from being carbon copies of their dads.
Lundy-Paine said Billy and Thea’s intelligence helped set their characters apart from Bill and Ted physically too.
“I feel like it was so much like that Billy and Thea are geniuses, in the way that Bill and Ted are like goofy, naive, looking around for the answer. So that was sort of where we found and played with [those] differences.”
Smith wrapped up the panel by asking each member to share their favorite memory from the making of BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC.
“The really fun moment though, was when Alex and Keanu [and I], when we finally were reunited on screen,” said Sadler, who sprained his write right when shooting started. “It was just gangbusters from there. It was like we’d never left off.”
Reeves answered last, saying, “I can’t feel or laugh or do anything like the way that working on Bill & Ted does and working with Alex. That doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world for me.”
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC will be out in theaters and on video on demand on September 1, 2020.