3 Men and a Kitty – A Chat with KEANU’s Key & Peele


Screen shot 2016-04-18 at 8.34.28 AMPreston Barta // Editor

For anyone who has caught a sketch from the KEY & PEELE series, you know that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been packing and delivering humorous wallops for quite some time now. It was only a matter of time when they would take their talents to the big-screen.

Well, the time is now.

KEANU sees Rell (Peele) struggling to get over a relationship that went south. However, all that changes when he meets the adorable Keanu, a stray kitten that arrives on his doorstep. But even that relationship is doomed to fail, as Keanu is snatched away by some gangsters. Thankfully, Rell’s best friend Clarence (Key) is in tow, to help Rell find his missing snuggle buddy.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity recently to sit down with Key and Peele at The Lodge in Dallas to talk about KEANU, first strip club experience and if they could teach a course at the University of North Texas.

0:30-2:43 | First strip club experience
2:43-3:23 | Normalizing extreme situations
3:23-4:40 | Giving each other gangster names and KEANU 2
4:40-5:41 | Rob Huebel as the “white dude” in the film
5:41-7:18 | If they could teach a college course

KEANU opens April 29.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.