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25 Days / Day 5 / Keanu Reeves



Who: Keanu Reeves. Ted Logan. Johnny Utah. Jack Traven. Neo. “That Tod”

Why: He’s always stood out looks-wise because at least when he started out, there was no one else that looked like him. He’s diligent about acting despite the 20-odd-year debate about whether he can, in fact, act. Because he was in the so-bad-it’s-good Point Break (I! Am! An! FBI! Agent!)

When: College. Blame Sarah. And Speed.

Level of Obsession: I met Sarah when I returned to my dorm room and found her standing there petting my Speed poster. So I love him for that. Driving through Nevada after college I may have held a People Magazine cover story on him to my face and talked to her as Keanu.

“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): Ridiculously beautiful in My Own Private Idaho. I still sit through Speed and get giddy when he puts that thing around his neck and gets all rage-filled when Jeff Daniels blows up. And those arms when he’s under the bus trying to defuse the bomb? YUM.

When we graduated Sarah and I donated money to our alma mater in his name, just to see a) if they’d print it in the fundraising literature b) he would respond to it c) we’re nuts (yes they did, no he didn’t, yes we are). At the height of her obsession she told her mother his name meant “breeze through the mountains” (or something like that) in Hawaiian. Her mother re-named him “breeze between the ears”!

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

6 thoughts on “25 Days / Day 5 / Keanu Reeves

  1. Sunday night after 11 I was channel surfing and SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE with Keanu, Jack and Diane was on, near the beginning, and I had to make myself turn it off. I love all 3 in that film, love that film, and Keanu as the doctor – SIGH – what a dreamboat!!!!!!!!!!
    The way he looks at Diane Keaton…I don’t think she was acting when she was getting all squiggy! Love that Keanu…

  2. *sigh* I love him, just love him. To date one the biggest arguments David and I have concerns Keanu’s acting abilities and whether he should get any credit for trying really really hard. I use the present tense because we still have this argument at least once a year. I will never waver!

  3. I love Keanu! and I like his acting too, he’s like acting comfort food… familiar and delicious.

  4. He is lovely but such a bad actor and yet… we forgive him and yes want to see his movies nevertheless.the last i saw was the lakehouse.

    • Oh “The Lakehouse” was terrible!! It was too bad too bc he and Sandra Bullock have such great chemistry. Why keep them apart most of the movie?

  5. Keanu holds a special place in my heart.
    Speed did it for me too.

    In college, there was a boy that would sit next to me for every session and he reminded me of Keanu.

    You and Sarah crack me up.

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