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


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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.

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.