Jesus may not walk among us, but Keanu Reeves does


Jesus may not walk among us, but Keanu Reeves does

Despite coming off on screen as a perfunctory pretty boy with little range, Reeves is just a genuinely nice guy

Tymon Smith

You wouldn’t have thought it, but New Yorker writer Naomi Fry’s recent piece of gushing appreciation for the humility of actor Keanu Reeves has caused somewhat of a viral gospel appreciation of his good nature (if not his less than impressive acting abilities) since its publication earlier this week.

Beginning with a meditation on Reeves’s recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in which the actor responded to a question about “what happens to us after we die”, with the answer: “I know the ones that love us will miss us,” Fry’s piece then goes on to ask why we seem to know so little about an actor who has been a leading man for some of Hollywood’s biggest earning films for more than three decades.

Born in Beirut in 1964 to an English costume designer mother and an American-Hawaiian father, Reeves grew up in one of those typically dysfunctional and itinerant baby-boomer households – his father went to jail for dealing heroin when Reeves was very young, his mother remarried a few times and shipped off her family to Australia, then New York and finally Canada. Reeves attended four high schools before finally dropping out and never obtaining his diploma, but worked as an actor from the age of nine before landing his first significant screen role in 1986 drama River’s Edge...

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