We are often warned about meeting our heroes, as they tend to disappoint... unless your hero happens to be “The One” destined to save us from cyborg enslavement. Keanu Reeves is really cool - folks in Hollywood claim he is one of the kindest people they have ever met, and fan encounters with the actor show he is down-to-earth, charismatic, and generous to boot.
Here is what it's like to meet Keanu Reeves, according to these internet tales. Reeves, by many accounts, appears to be a normal, average dude who likes to go camping by himself and drive strangers home who live 50 miles out of his way. He will not only pose for pictures with fans, but the Point Break star will also engage them in actual conversation. Play in a pickup hockey league? Reeves may even ask to be the goalie. He enjoys a sandwich every now and then, and doesn't mind the silly memes made with his likeness. Is Keanu Reeves one of the greatest people on Earth? According to these fan stories, absolutely.
Reeves Drove A Stranger Home Who Lived 50 Miles Out Of His WayPhoto: Point Break / 20th Century Fox
Redditor/u/rockon4life45 shared about how Reeves not only helped a friend in need but also went way above and beyond what most people would ever do:
A friend of mine told me that she was once stranded on the side of a highway outside LA when her jalopy broke down. She had no cellphone (that was before most people had cellphones) and no way to call for help. Then a nice black Porsche pulls over and as you can guess, it was Keanu. He tried to help her jump-start the car, and when it didn't work, he called AAA for her. When they towed her car, he offered her to drive her home, which she accepted. He drove about 50 miles out of his destination just to drive her home. She told me she hoped he would hit on her, but he didn't. He was just a gentleman, dropped her at her house, gave her his phone number, and told her to call him if she needed further help.7,04991Was Keanu being excellent here?
He Made An Effort To Reach Out To Shy FansPhoto: flickr / CC0
Professional wrestler Kenny Omega had a chance encounter with the Point Break actor at an airport lounge. In November 2016, Omega posted a video describing his conversation with Reeves. The wrestler admitted that even though he really liked Reeves's work, he didn't want to bother the star. However, Reeves could tell Omega was looking his way, and approached the wrestler for a conversation.
Not only did Omega get to tell the actor how much he enjoyed the underrated Reeves passion project Man of Tai Chi, but Reeves even asked the wrestler if he wanted to take a picture together. Of course Omega wanted a picture, but he probably would have been too shy to ask.5,25770Was Keanu being excellent here?
He Made Time To Chat With A Super Fan
Of course, there is a price to pay for fame. One of those prices is losing your privacy. Most famous people will say "hi" or perhaps pose for a quick picture. Then there is Keanu Reeves, who engages in actual conversation with his fans. In September 2012, edenite posted about their super friendly Keanu Reeves encounter on Mean Stars:
I live in Sydney. I didn't recognize him, but I was having lunch with a friend who did and was a massive fan. She spotted him having lunch by himself but was too shy to say something/approach. So I did. He was very polite and charming, even to the point where he asked us what we did (students at the time), where and what we studied, etc. It was very nice of him to chat to us for a few minutes and sign an autograph. Turns out he was in Sydney filming The Matrix.4,54362Was Keanu being excellent here?
He Approached A Fellow Camper To Compliment Her DogPhoto: John Wick / Summit Entertainment
In October 2017, Tumblr user reioka told the story of her neighbor's encounter with Reeves. How is it possible for one of the most famous, richest movies stars in the world to be so chill?
So my neighbor was out camping and met Keanu Reeves who was also camping (I guess he likes dogs because he came up and said “I love these dogs!” about her rottweiler) and she said she thought she was crazy for a minute because no one else knew he was there and it turns out Keanu was just there chilling with a one-man tent and a cooler and his little Dodge car and every time someone looked at him he’d just turn his face away and it’s kind of just solidified in my mind that Keanu Reeves is a cryptid.
OK, maybe the cryptid conclusion is a little off, but the fact that Reeves was so friendly when he was craving solitude shows he is clearly a wonderful human being.3,45557Was Keanu being excellent here?