Keanu Reeves talks about Sad Keanu and why he is so memorable

Keanu Reeves is a movie star. Experience The Matrix, John Wick, the Bill and Ted movies, Point Break and more. But he is also a meme star. You might see memes by Sad Keanu, or Sad Keanu in a helmet, or by Walking in Slow Motion Keanu. But Reeves himself admits he finds his meme ability mystifying, as he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday.

“Why do you think you are so memorable?” asked Colbert. “There are so many Keanu memes out there.”

A thoughtful Reeves put his chin in his hand and gave a very Ted “Theodore” Logan answer.

“I have no idea, sir,” he said as the study audience laughed.

Colbert tried to answer his own question and suggested that while Reeves has his own distinctive character, people find it easy to overlay images of him with their own meanings. It inspired Main Meme Man to break out in a version of Bill Withers’ famous hit, “Lean on Me”, with the words changed to “Meme on Me”.

Earlier in the interview, Colbert Sad Keanu showed the meme, which shows Reeves sitting alone on a bench eating, pointing out that a similar panel appears in the 2020 cartoon, drawn by Reeves, BRZRKR.

“I’m just eating a sandwich, man!” said Reeves with a laugh. “I was thinking! I had some things going on! I was hungry!”

He said BRZRKR artist Ron Garney made the tribute art without giving Reeves a message, adding: “So I think it’s a bit of a meta.”

Reeves is involved The Matrix Resurrection, which is coming to cinemas and streaming this month.

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