Just a quick browse of R/KeanuBeingAwesome shows you why this man has gained a giant online following: donating to children’s hospitals; taking time to talk and take pictures with his fans; recognisable, energetic acting in every role he’s taken on; and acts of kindness like helping a stranger find their way are all celebrated by his fans. The subreddit has 342k members, and it’s full of artwork dedicated to both Keanu and the roles he’s played.
Interviews with other actors who’ve worked with him are weirdly positive too. For one of his latest roles in ‘Always Be My Maybe’, in which he played an exaggerated version of himself (the exact wording was “a hyped-up, slightly aggro horndog whose stratospheric level of celebrity is exactly the point”), his co-stars and director were struck with how down-to-earth and excited he was to be part of it. The director, Nahnatchka Khan, said he’ll always remember Keanu ordering “a Corona and mixed nuts” until his dying day. Now normally, a man of his appearance (read: gorgeous) would have a mainly female fanbase, but it seems men fangirl over him too. His role in the Matrix introduced a geekiness to his previously cool-guy-stoner persona, and in many interviews Keanu has admitted to being pretty awesome off-screen too: He told Esquire his “preferred mode of transportation” was the motorcycle he rides everyday, and shrugged off the numerous resulting injuries. He’s also admitted to finding his own memes funny. When the Sad Keanu meme broke the internet and prompted the creation of ‘Cheer Up, Keanu Day’; he’s since commented that he finds the whole thing, “harmless, good, clean fun”. Keanu memes have since taken on an ultimately wholesome vibe - “you’re breathtaking!” being arguably the most popular. Everywhere you look on the internet, Keanu seems to be held up as the poster-boy for Hollywood niceness, despite years of success and being surrounded by the trappings of fame. He’s the reminder that, no matter your situation in life, kindness, empathy and generosity is always going to get you further.
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An Article written by Katie Robinson