Bill and Ted didn’t really have a character arc – it was essentially sketch comedy.
So it was hard for Keanu and Alex to keep the energy factor up all the time – what I called the ‘puppy factor’.
De Laurentiis’s company went bankrupt while we were in post-production and we had to shop a rough cut around the studios.
I got a lot of comments like: ‘Are there kids that really speak like this?’
It was this sweet funny movie but it became a hateful experience.
I was 30 – looking at my career thinking: ‘I’m done.’
But when they tested it in front of an audience recruited at the malls – people went nuts for the film and there was a bidding war.
It became the sleeper hit of 1989 – taking $44m in the US.
It’s a very advanced and rich mine to keep going back to.
Bill and Ted are brilliant in their lack of knowledge.