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Keanu Reeves on Sad Keanu Meme: “Sounds Like Harmless, Good Clean Fun”

Keanu Reeves sat down with NYMag’s Vulture for an interview about his upcoming indie comedy Henry’s Crime, about a toll-booth operator who falls in with bank robbers, goes to jail, gets out, decides to rob the same bank, fall in love with a girl and has to learn to act in a play in order to gain access to the tunnel between the theater and the bank.

But all the internet wants to talk about is how the interviewer asked him about the Sad Keanu meme.  Wait – we’re on the internet?

Ok, here’s how it went down:

Logan Hill: You’re taking over the Internet. Have you seen all the “Sad Keanu” stuff out there?
Reeves: My publicist showed me the photo, but no.

There’s not one photo. There are millions. You’re Photoshopped next to kittens and into Pulp Fiction and next to the cast of The Breakfast Club, and in a million different ways. Have you seen those?
KR: Oh, that’s funny! No, no, I haven’t seen them.


After some moments spent convincing Reeves of how widespread the meme has become, he lays down his blessing.

LH: You with a cheerleader, but you don’t notice her …
KR: Oh, that’s funny. So they like take paparazzi pictures and re-contextualize them? Funny.

LH: Exactly.
KR: Well, it sounds like harmless, good clean fun.

LH: What do you make of how your fandom is changing?
KR: I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. That one, well, I guess, though, when you think of how bad that stuff can go, that sounds like a pretty good clean fun one to have happening.

LH: Given the options …
KR: Yeah, I haven’t seen them. But given the scope and scale of what can happen out there, that sounds like an all right one. It sounds conceptually funny. [Laughs.]

Read the whole interview at Vulture.

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