Friendly encounters on New York’s subway, wholesome exchanges in coffee shops, giving you the first hit of the bong, Keanu Reeves is just about “the nicest famous person” you could ever hope to meet.
Keanu may mercilessly mash people's faces in on the big screen, but irl he seems perfectly amiable; people have been recounting their unexpected meetings with the “sweet, kind, nervous” John Wick star after the editor of the New Yorker, Michael Luo, put a call out on Twitter. Alongside an article titled ‘Keanu Reeves is too good for this world’, he tweeted: “Internet, let's do this. Do you have your own Keanu Story?”
“I don't tell this story often because no one will believe it but I once met Keanu on a Toronto subway at night, he had a very nice jacket and I asked him where he got it. He said it was a gift,” one user wrote. “I smoked a bong with keanu once, he had amazing weed and even let me take the first hit. class act,” wrote another.
New Yorker commuters are having trouble containing themselves with one writing: “Seeing Keanu on the subway was one of the few times my raised in New York celebrity passé attitude threatened to erupt into full fan girl.” In one of his more convoluted acts of kindness, Keanu bought an ice cream at a cinema that he didn’t want “just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his autograph for a 16-year-old idiot”.
One of my old soldiers, of whom it is fair to say is struggling with some issues, flew across the country for a book signing with Keanu Reeves, and he was extraordinarily generous with his time and patience with my friend and soldier. ❤️