Poor Keanu Reeves. He'll never play a character that's better than Ted Theodore Logan (well maybe Neo ... maybe), he spends his life being stalked by cameras, and even with all his big movie star money, all he has for lunch is a dumb sandwich. No wonder he's so sad.
In a popular series of photos, we see Reeves sitting on a bench, resting his wrists on his knees with a look of utter dejection on his face. In his hand is a piece of sandwich. The next photo depicts Reeves looking at the piece of sandwich in his hand, as if thinking "this peanut butter tastes off." Another photo still shows the actor licking his finger, with the piece of sandwich in the other hand.
In all likelihood, Reeves is just enjoying some sandwich time. However, cameras turn it into a different story. Reeves is direly sad, alone, his only pleasure a pathetic sandwich. He eats it, bored on a bench with nobody to talk to. Alone. All alone, dressed like a raincloud. Sad, sad, sad Keanu.
And since Photoshop isn't just for professionals anymore, the Internet went wild. Sad Keanu developed into a great meme, placing Reeves into various depressing scenarios, like eating a sandwich next to a smiling Ronald McDonald or being the big downer at the center of "The Last Supper." And the sadder he looks, the better. Keanu may be sad, but the meme is just a delight.
We may never know what Reeves was thinking that day on the bench, or later that time with the helmet, or when he effectively recreated Sad Keanu with a cupcake. But next time you're scrolling through your Sad Keanus, listen along with this mix of sad songs for possibilities of what really makes Keanu so sad.
One Moment I'm A King, The Next Minute I'm Nothing
What Makes Keanu So Sad?
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