“I wanted to do something crazy and over the top,” says ‘Keanu’ actor Jordan Peele

“Keanu” is currently out in theaters.

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, better known as Key and Peele, have been making television audiences laugh for years on their Comedy Central series. Now the duo have brought their comedic talents to the big screen.

In “Keanu,” the two play Clarence and Rell, cousins who pose as drug dealers to get back a stolen cat.  The duo live in the city, but are far from streetwise so when Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, they impersonate a ruthless pair of killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing them to take the law into their own hands.

“I wanted to do something crazy and over the top and dark, expanding on the kind of comedy we did in the series,” shares Peele who co-wrote the screenplay with “Key and Peele” writer Alex Rubens. “I knew if we could capture those elements, but in a funny and exaggerated way, we could create something new for us with characters which even our fans have never seen.”

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One of the trademarks of Key and Peele’s humor is their ability to turn on a dime, changing their speech, posture and entire demeanor to go from men of color in suburbia to urban African Americans in the inner city. In “Keanu,” they push the envelope on their comedy brand.

“From the earliest drafts, the script was partly an exploration of these two men and what it means to be African American in our country,” adds Key. “If I was born and raised in suburbia in the States, why can’t I talk like this and still be black? That’s a theme that runs throughout the movie and it’s ubiquitous in ‘Key and Peele.”

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Directed by Peter Atencio who has helmed more than 50 episodes of “Key and Peele” the film’s cast includes a number of comedy pros and actors. From stand-up comedienne Tiffany Haddish (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”), rapper Method Man, Jason Mitchell  (“Straight Outta Compton”) to veteran actor Luis Guzmán (“We’re the Millers”), fans of “Key and Peele” will enjoy the humor in “Keanu.”

“We happened to have had a cast of actors who are experienced improvisers, or total naturals, so I was very comfortable seeing the words get even better,” says Peele.

“Keanu” is currently out in theaters.

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