– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With every new Toy Story, you can expect a couple of things: an existential crisis of some sorts, and a bevy of unique toys for audiences to connect with. One actor who audiences have been curious about for a long time is Keanu Reeves. His character was first revealed in last year’s Incredibles 2, and in the trailer for Toy Story 4, we got the briefest glimpse of him with his arms raised as he called out “Caboom!”

Yesterday, we revealed some details about the character. He’s a Canadian stunt-cyclist who has one big problem: he can’t perform the things shown off in his commercial. This is absolutely hilarious to me, as I always remember the toys growing up that couldn’t do any of the stuff shown off in the commercials, so to have a toy with that insecurity is very clever.

“I didn’t know Keanu was Canadian, and I did not know that he had a motorcycle company, until after we cast him,” director Josh Cooley told EW. “We always had this character, who was always this bravado Canadian stuntman, and in my head, I had this one [idea] of how it would be performed, but then we met with Keanu and before he even signed on, he wanted to have lunch. And once he came to the table, he started asking all these great questions and doing different voices and actually jumped up on the table in the middle of Pixar to act out the character and his great ideas that we didn’t have in there originally. It was really incredible. Keanu really did help craft that character in a huge, huge way.”

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Regarding the character, Reeves said:

“I definitely wanted to give him energy and a big personality. But I also saw him as a character that has a really wide dramatic bandwidth in the sense of being so big. Kaboom! Kapow! Let’s go! But who can also then share his wounds, like, ‘You have a kid? I had a kid. I let him down!’ And he can get quiet. So it was really a lot to play with on the playground.”

I see a lot of potential with this character. I can see his arc being really important — that he’s given the opportunity to finally be a true Duke Caboom while helping out Woody in some way. In the trailer, we see some fireworks go off, so I’d like to think he has something to do with that, bringing him that moment of fulfillment we love seeing in movies.

What do you think of the character? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.