CIRCA 1989: (L-R) Actor Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves pose for the movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" , circa 1989.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Keanu Reeves Wants To Be Clear: Bill & Ted Are Not 'Stoners'
Stephen Herek’s 1989 time travel comedy “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” follows the somewhat dimwitted yet lovable titular characters on their mission to pass their history exam and save their band, Wyld Stallyns. While it might be easy to attribute the heroes’ idiotic behavior to them being potheads, Keanu Reeves, who played Ted, said that wasn’t the case.
Viewers might compare Bill and Ted’s laid-back demeanor to Cheech and Chong’s, a comedy duo famous for their ample drug consumption that led their characters to drift aimlessly and only dimly perceive other people. However, Reeves shared, “I’d like to get one thing straight, Bill and Ted are not stoners, let’s get that clear. They have a nice outlook on life, they like people [and] their friendship.”
Bill and Ted aren’t the most focused teenagers and are seen as slackers because they don’t share the stricter values of others, but the two would-be rock stars are passionate and ambitious nonetheless. The two heroes are always upbeat and full of energy, and even though they can quote the lyrics to Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind,” it doesn’t mean they’re stoners.