"I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime."
— Keanu Reeves
"Whoa."Keanu Charles Reeves
— Keanu Reeves, in pretty much every movie he's ever been in.
(born September 2, 1964) is a popular Canadian action star and actor popularly associated with having very little range of facial or vocal emotion
, but a very precise and expressive physical style of acting. But none of that really matters because he knows Kung Fu
Has been creatively showcased in his more prominent films as The Stoic
Loner who possesses tremendous powers beyond the comprehension of mortals
and is out to save the world
. And Ted
Popularly believed to be dumb (most likely due to his breakout role
and shyness in interviews), he is actually ridiculously well-read and contemplative. He often talks about the philosophical meaning he sees in his characters, even the silly ones. He's also famous as an incredibly Nice Guy
and purportedly one of the most normal, well-adjusted people in Hollywood. How far this is based on fact, only his friends can say, but one possible translation of his first name is "The Coolness
", so...He believes that every project, no matter the subject matter, should have the highest quality cast possible and will frequently give up his upfront salary so that films can hire top-level talent that wouldn't be affordable otherwise.
He's slated to play Spike Spiegel in a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop
produced by 20th Century Fox
, but the project has remained in Development Hell
. He is excited for the role, after all he is a fan
. Besides, check out that picture — he looks like Spike, if nothing else.
Also seems incapable of making a movie without saying "whoa" at least once. See above quotation.
He's a good comic actor, and his turns in The Gift
and The Watcher
(and now Man of Tai Chi
) show that he has a little-utilized or recognized talent for playing very scary, creepy heavies. Despite this, Hollywood insists on casting him as Leading Man Action Hero
, contributing to his reputation for a limited range. He garnered considerable if not surprising acclaim for his role in the 2012 documentary film Side by Side
He gained minor memetic status
on a certain website
after they discovered his history
of being one of the biggest Woobies
in Hollywood. Sniff.◊ explanation
Unsurprisingly, he is annoyed by the attention this has garnered him, though he's also stated
that he found the meme itself funny.
Also rumoured to be an immortal.
He frequently wagers eleventy billion dollars
In 2013 he directed his first film, Man of Tai Chi
, which received strong reviews. His next movie, the martial arts extravaganza 47 Ronin
, came out on Christmas Day 2013 to very bad reviews and flopped miserably. Win some, lose some.
Most recently, he's starred in the 80's/90's style gun-crazy-vengeance flick John Wick
(out October 2014) which has been released to far more favorable reviews overall. Helps that it makes full use of his aforementioned ability to play terrifying badasses.
Has starred in:
- Dull Surprise: A common criticism of his acting. He really manages to make it work for him in Man of Tai Chi, where it makes his character come off as even more sociopathic.
- Featureless Protagonist: Several sources have pointed out that part of the appeal of Reeves as a hero is that he provides a blank slate that's easy to project onto. His somewhat ambiguous ethnicitynote helps as well.
- The Stoic: He tends to have quite the poker face.
- Totally Radical: As Ted in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. A very common way of parodying his later works is to have him acting like Ted from Bill and Ted rather than his usual monotone. For example, from The Spoony Experiment:
: Whoa! I'm, like, totally being sodomised by Big Daddy's