Ever since this picture of Keanu Reeves sitting on a bench, eating a sandwich and looking morose, hit the Internet, the “Keanu is sad” meme has taken over. And it is hilarious.
But let’s not forget, dude has a reason to be sad. He’s constantly mocked for his wooden acting (a criticism that is partially true, but really, I think he’s just constantly miscast. And he certainly should never do accents). But aside from that, he’s experienced more than his share of tragedy:
He has a father who is a heroin dealer. His dad ran off on the family when Keanu was three.
His best friend, River Phoenix, died before they could make the bromantic moves they promised they would make together.
His fiancee gave birth to a stillborn daughter. Then they split up. She died in a car accident two years later.
Hister contracted leukemia. Keanu spent millions of dollars to keep her alive.
It has gone on public record that he prefers spending his birthdays alone.
And he’s a genuinely nice guy:
He offered to take a 75% pay cut if it meant Al Pacino could be cast in The Devil’s Advocate.
He offered to take a 90% pay cut if it meant Gene Hackman could be cast in The Replacements.
He donated 50 of the 70 million dollars he made off of the Matrix films to the costume and special effects teams.
He bought a Harley for every stuntman who worked on The Matrix Reloaded.
He donates most of his money to charities for cancer research.
Luckily, you can do your part to cheer up Keanu! RSVP to “Cheer Up Keanu Day” on Facebook and send a nice fan letter to Mr. Reeves on June 15th.
In case you need something to say to him, here’s some people talking about how nice he is, just for some inspiration.