There's An Insane (But Kind Of Believable) Theory That Keanu Reeves Is Immortal
Whenever something doesn't have an easy explanation, it's inevitable that conspiracy theories will soon follow, especially in the age of the internet. People have an innate need to understand, and they want that understanding to fit into a logical framework. But sometimes, it takes a leap of the imagination to create an even remotely plausible explanation.
From politics to pop culture, from ancient history to modern world events, the human race is never in short supply when it comes to out-there conspiracies. One of the stranger ones to emerge in recent years is the suggestion that actor Keanu Reeves, star of The Matrix and John Wick as well as very his own internet meme, is immortal. Sure, it sounds absolutely bonkers, but there is actually some evidence to support this theory. After all, Reeves has stayed almost freakishly youthful, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a number of historical figures.
He's Lived As Multiple Different People Over Time
One of the main arguments supporting the theory that Keanu is immortal is the suggestion that the actor has lived as various people throughout time. He bears a striking resemblance to a number of historical figures and subjects of paintings. It makes sense—if Reeves has really been around since time began, he's probably wanted to try on a few different hats. Even being Keanu Reeves would get boring after a while.
He Doesn't Seem To AgePhoto: Speed / The Day The Earth Stood Still
Another point in favor of Reeves being immortal is that he bafflingly does not seem to age. In 2018, Reeves looks practically identical to how he looked in the early '90s.
His Fashion Sense Doesn't Age EitherPhoto: GabboT / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
There are certain classic looks that will always be in fashion. But most people are products of their time and culture, something that usually influences how one dresses. Keanu, however, doesn't follow by those rules. Ever since he rose to prominence in the '80s, Reeves has maintained a more or less consistent, ageless fashion sense. Is it more proof that he's immortal? Or is he just a smart dresser?
His Generosity Comes From Living A Long, Perhaps Very Long, LifePhoto: ewanjudecolinchristian / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
In recent years, stories have emerged showcasing how kind and big-hearted Reeves is. This generosity has added more credence to the notion that the actor is immortal. His kindness, the theory goes, could only come from living a long life. Reeves once said, "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries." Erm... centuries, Keanu? Few people think centuries in advance—unless, perhaps, they have good reason.
He May Have Been A French Actor Named Paul Mounet
Proponents of the Immortal Keanu theory often compare him to an obscure French doctor turned actor named Paul Mounet, who lived from 1847 to 1922. Yes, there's a stunning physical likeness between the pair, but the details of Mounet's life add fuel to the fire that he's actually Keanu Reeves. Sure, it requires a stretch of the imagination, but the theory is that Mounet started his career as a doctor as a cover for his immortality.
In the words of KeanuIsImmortal.com, "The rise of [...] medical science could've been a problem to an immortal, [but] by becoming a baron of... medicine he gained protection from any kind of inquiry about his everlasting appearance." Also, after Mounet died, his body disappeared. Is it because he's perhaps walking among us today?
He May Have Been The Emperor CharlemagnePhoto: Wikimedia Commons / 47 Ronin
Lending further kindling to the Immortal Keanu fire is his physical resemblance to another historical figure, the European emperor Charlemagne, who lived from 748 to 814. Legend has it that Charlemagne showed few signs of aging, and many believe he predicted his own death; just a week before he passed away, he quickly crowned his son his co-emperor and eventual successor. After Charlemagne died, he was buried hastily and without much fanfare. Odd, when you consider he was the Emperor of the Free World at the time, leading some to speculate that he was never dead at all. Enter Keanu, stage left.