Keanu Reeves Finally Responds To That ‘Sad Keanu’ Photo – NBC Chicago

Keanu Reeves no meme cravings.

On Monday, December 13, the “Matrix Resurrections” star, 57, chatted with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” about the latest installment of the “Matrix” series and shared the basic story behind one of his most popular memes: “Sad Keanu.”

The photo that went viral in 2010, showed Keanu sitting on a park bench alone looking down at the ground dejectedly as he munched on a sandwich.

As Stephen showed the photo to the camera, Keanu expressed his indignation by shouting, “I’m just eating a sandwich, man!”

So what was really going on in Keanu’s mind when the photo was taken? “I’m thinking! I have some work going on,” he said. “I was hungry.”

But, even 11 years later, the effect of “Sad Keanu” persists. In fact, Keanu believes the image was used as the inspiration for the artwork for his new comic book “BRZRKR”.

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In a scene from the comics, Keanu’s character, B, can be seen hunched over a park bench when it rains, evoking the meme.

“So Ron Garney is a great artist illustrating and drawing BRZRKR,” says Keanu. “I didn’t know he was going to do it, but that’s what he did.”

He describes the decision to use the meme as a “kinda meta”, before explaining that life and art often go hand in hand.

When Stephen asked why Keanu was particularly “able to make memes,” the “Bill & Ted” star seemed just as intrigued by his virality as the late-night host. “I have no clue, sir,” he replied. “Really.”

As Stephen tried to dig deeper into the question, Keanu created his own updated rendition of Bill Withers’ hit “Lean On Me” on the spot, singing, “meme on me, when you’re not strong! ” Keanu Reeves Finally Responds To That ‘Sad Keanu’ Photo – NBC Chicago

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