WATCH: Keanu Reeves Explains Why He Didn’t Make ‘Speed 2’

Many, many moons ago, Keanu Reeves earned the title of heartthrob thanks to the success and close-up shots of his gorgeous face in Speed. He was Sandra Bullock’s hero. He was our hero. So why was he absent for the seafaring sequel?

On Wednesday (Oct. 7), the 51-year-old (!) actor popped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his latest film, Knock, Knock, and naturally, answered the question he’s been asked over and over again since the mid-90s.

“I didn’t get to be in that… well, I decided not to be,” Reeves, who is looking mighty fine with a beard these days, told Jimmy Kimmel about passing on Speed 2: Cruise Control.

“I loved working with Jan de Bont and Sandra, of course. It was just a situation in life where I got the script, and I read the script, and was like, ‘ARGHHH!.’”

Our transcription, of course, is no match for the actual sound Reeves made in the interview, which also includes his take on speed, cruise ships and buses.

Watch the chat, above. Then enjoy even more Keanu Reeves in a Fast and Furious spoof, below.