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Keanu Reeves finally reveals how he was really feeling when the 'Sad Keanu' photo was taken

'I'm just eating a sandwich!' Reeves exclaimed about the iconic 2010 photo-turned-meme.

Keanu Reeves finally reveals how he was really feeling when the 'Sad Keanu' photo was taken
Cover Image Source: Keanu Reeves attends the Japan premiere of 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at Roppongi Hills on September 10, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

Keanu Reeves is setting the record straight about the viral 2010 photograph of his that has since become the popular "Sad Keanu" meme. During his recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the "Matrix Resurrections" star shared the real story behind the meme, which shows him sitting on a park bench and munching on some food. The topic came up while the pair discussed BRZRKR—the comic book series created by Reeves—when Colbert compared the iconic photo to an illustration of the graphic novel's main character. "I'm just eating a sandwich!" Reeves exclaimed when the host brought the photo out.


When Colbert responded with a follow-up question to clarify whether Reeves was "actually sad in 'Sad Keanu,'" the 57-year-old replied: "I was thinking. I had some stuff going on. I was hungry." The "John Wick" then explained that he had no idea BRZRKR illustrator Ron Garney would further immortalize the meme by slipping it into Volume 1 of the comic book series. "I didn't know he was going to do that," Reeves confessed to Colbert. "But that's what he did. So, I think it's kind of meta." Shrugging, the beloved actor added: "That's life in art."


When asked why he is so "meme-able," the "Constantine" star replied: "I have no clue, sir... Really." Reeves then broke into song, performing a version of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" with a slightly altered chorus. "Meme on me / when you're not strong / I'll be your friend / I'll help you carry on," he crooned. During the interview, Reeves also opened up about hurling himself off of a 46-story building 19 or so times for a stunt in his upcoming movie "The Matrix Resurrections." He made the shocking revelation when Colbert asked what the craziest thing Reeves got to do on the production for the long-awaited fourth installment of the hit Matrix franchise.


"Jump off a building... I'm gonna guess around 46 stories. It's The Matrix and you need natural light and you want to do it real. I mean there's wires. So, [Carrie-Anne Moss] and I grab hands and we leapt off a building. We did it around 19, 20 times," the actor shared, explaining that they had to satisfy the artistic ambitions of director Lana Wachowski. "I mean, there's wires," he humbly added. Reeves also admitted that he had to take a moment to find his inner calm before performing the daring stunt. "You can't think of the fear," he said. "You have to block it—not block it, but deal with it, absorb it, and just be there, and do."


According to Screen Rant, the upcoming "The Matrix Resurrections" will see Reeves return as protagonist Neo alongside his co-star Carrie-Anne Moss. Seeing as how both Neo and Trinity died at the end of "The Matrix Revolutions," fans of "The Matrix" franchise have been left wondering how exactly the characters will be brought back to screen in the soon-to-be released film. While little is known about the plot of the action movie, the promos have promised that moviegoers can expect to be wowed by tons of stunts and special effects.

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