Jonathan Groff is arguably in the biggest movie of his career, as he is starring alongside Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the new Matrix 4 film. The pressure to perform in front of these greats must be astounding, to say the least. That, and the fact that he is a newcomer in a world the aforementioned actors spent nearly a decade in. Apparently, Groff thought that he had peed himself after they had wrapped up an action scene. Guess he was that intimidated, or excited, about being able to scream at Neo.
The scene in question is between Agent Smith and Neo, with Jonathan Groff yelling the ever-popular line, “Mr. Anderson!” This is all happening while sprinklers in the office building going off, which is similar to a scene from the original Matrix film, where the agents are keeping Morpheus captive. Groff is playing a new version of Agent Smith that likely still has ties to the programming of the original character. The same can be said for the new Morpheus version, who is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Having to take the reins from Hugo Weaving — who played Agent Smith in the original trilogy — might intimidate anyone.
Apparently, during the shoot for the aforementioned scene, Jonathan Groff had thought he was peeing his pants, as the sensation of warm then cold in his groin would not let up. He said, “When you pee yourself, it’s hot for a second and then it gets cold, and so [the sensation] sustained. Then I thought one of the shells from the gun had come down my shirt, which they warn you might happen.” A bullet casing traveling down one’s shirt all the way into their groin area seems to be a bit farfetched, but it was likely just the adrenaline of the moment that messed with Groff.
Jonathan Groff was likely just feeling some sort of pressure or excitement from the scene in question, but he continued “I was reaching down there looking for this shell but it wasn’t down there. But for like 10 minutes, I had this heat emanating from my [groin].” Even if he had peed himself, it is doubtful that a sweetheart such as Keanu Reeves would have made light of the situation. He likely would have helped Groff out.
The Matrix 4 is set to release tomorrow, December 22, and fans are buzzing about the film already. The early reactions are overwhelmingly positive, and the collective world is waiting to see what Lana Wachowski has done to revive both Neo and Trinity in this new chapter. Peeing in your pants or not, it will also be interesting to see Jonathan Groff transition from the stage and TV scene, as he played King George in Hamilton, and plays Holden Ford in Mindhunter. Now Jonathan Groff has his shot to make waves in The Matrix 4, as he is set to fight one of the world’s biggest and most loved action stars, Keanu Reeves. We might have peed ourselves in his presence too.