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Keanu Reeves says he wasn’t really sad in the ‘Sad Keanu’ meme photo

Keanu Reeves Sad Meme Explanation
  • Actor Keanu Reeves appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this past Tuesday to promote the forthcoming “Matrix Resurrection” movie.
  • In his conversation with Colbert, Reeves divulged the reason he was looking so sad in the photographs that became the “sad Keanu” meme.

“Matrix” star Keanu Reeves finally revealed the origin story of the “sad Keanu” meme on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this past Tuesday, saying he was “just eating a sandwich.” 

The iconic meme, which dates back to 2010, shows Reeves sitting on a bench, hanging his head, his posture seemingly defeated. A piece of bread is dangling from his left hand. Given Reeves’ popularity and nice-guy reputation, the glum image became a popular meme.