Keanu Reeves Has Finally Explained The Sad Keanu Meme And Its Origin Story

Keanu Reeves has finally opened up, trying to explain what was actually going through his mind during the Sad Keanu meme. The viral picture sees The Matrix star sitting on a bench, doing nothing but contemplating life. While appearing at Stephen Colbert recently, the actor went on to explain that he was just trying to eat a sandwich in the viral meme, with many eagle-eyed internet users getting to enjoy this little detail in the past. Seriously, Reeves revealed that he just had a few things on his mind, but most of his focus was on the upcoming lunch. When the actor was asked why is he so innately meme-able, the actor said, “I have no clue, sir.” While it would be hard to argue with a statement like this as the entire social media seems to run on a mixture of Ben Affleck and Reeves’ despairing faces. There is certainly something about the natural state of The Matrix star that just appeals to people from all across the globe. Reeves definitely enjoys this but doesn’t really get all of it. You get the feeling he’d just rather be eating that sandwich.

Here, check out what he had to say below:

Sad Keanu meme
Sad Keanu meme

“I’m just eating a sandwich man,” Reeves laughed. “Okay, I was thinking, I had some stuff going on. I was hungry. So, life and art. Ron Garney is the amazing artist who is illustrating and drawing BZRRKR. I didn’t know he was going to do that. But, that’s what he did. So I think it’s kind of meta. He decided to take, and this is what I think, what I believe to be true, he took this moment. And the character is waiting for this moment to happen. Because he’s being studied by the American government, a black ops program to figure out why he’s immortal, why does he regenerate. I’m just trying to figure out why I exist.”

Presenting this kind of humor has done miracles for Reeves in the past as well. Another example of his calm deadpan humor is Reeves’ story about how he was taken back for the fourth installment of the Matrix series, The Matrix Resurrections.

He told Graham Norton about it on his show:

“I was at home, and I got a text from Lana Wachowski, the director and writer, and she was like, ‘What do you think about doing another Matrix film?’ And I went, ‘Oh, that sounds amazing, but I’m dead.’ And then she was like, ‘Are you?’ and I went ‘Do tell.” And she wrote a beautiful, beautiful script, a wonderful story, I think.”

Here’s a description for The Matrix Resurrections:

“In “The Matrix Resurrections,” return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before.  Déjà vu.”

Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma

Vasu Sharma is the Content Head at Animated Times, supervising the Editorial Board at Animated Times. He's 25 years old and has done his master's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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