The 82nd Annual Academy Awards.Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA.March 7, 2010. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »In case you haven't heard, Tuesday, June 15th has been declared Cheer Up Keanu Day by a group of Keanu Reeves fans on Facebook, and it's catching on. The Facebook event is packed with about 15,000 fans who have signed on to make the day a happy one for the Matrix star.
The original "Sad Keanu" image that sparked the Internet meme. (From Splash News)
According to the page: "Mr. Reeves has had a long and fruitful career across various media but has not gotten the recognition deserved for his talent nor his humility. Please participate in Cheer Up Keanu Day, and hopefully bring a smile to Keanu Reeves' face."
The whole thing started when a picture of Keanu gloomily eating a sandwich started making its way around the Internet earlier this month, Photoshoppers were quick to place "Sad Keanu" in all kinds of situations. Sad Keanu despondently eating a bird. Sad Keanu surrounded by cats. Sad Keanu sitting on a child's bicycle and contemplating his long journey back home. (See pictures below.)
But then the fun turned to appreciation as many pointed out that Keanu Reeves has had a rough life and indeed has much to be sad about, and that Hollywood is filled with anecdotes about his charity and kindness.
With all that in mind, the Cheer Up Keanu Day was created to encourage fans to cheer up the actor by sending him fan mail or donating to cancer research charities in his name (because his sister was diagnosed with leukemia in the '90s and has been battling the disease ever since).
In case you're interested, check out the Facebook event here, or just enjoy this classic clip from The Matrix.
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