Keanu Reeves at 53: just chilling out, drinking a protein shake & smoking a cig

Keanu Reeves has a homeless look while sporting long messy hair and thick beard in NYC

Can we, as a society, collectively stop worrying about Keanu Reeves? I’m not saying that to be mean at all – I’m saying that as someone who genuinely believes Keanu is a sweet, decent man who is fine. He’s had profound tragedy in his life, he sometimes looks unkempt, and he sometimes looks sad when he’s just chilling out. But he’s fine.

Still, these photos of Keanu created a lot of “poor sad Keanu” conversations. Keanu was just chilling out in New York, taking a break from stunt training for John Wick 3. He looked unkempt, and I’m pretty sure that’s for the character. He was sipping a protein drink and smoking a cigarette. Let Keanu Be Keanu, peeps!!! He’s a 53 year old vampire who likes to be quiet, smoke a cigarette on a street corner and meditate on the loading van which was in front of him. I do this all the time: it’s often fruitful and restful to just sit somewhere quietly, rest your mind, sip a drink and just let your mind wander as you watch other people do things.

May we all be so zen at the age of 53. May we all be as low-key at that age too. It just feels like Keanu is just a regular dude sometimes, right? So many celebrities pretend to be “real,” and then there’s Keanu. The Keanu Abides.

Keanu Reeves has a homeless look while sporting long messy hair and thick beard in NYC

Keanu Reeves has a homeless look while sporting long messy hair and thick beard in NYC

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  1. emayeaye says:

    i love him. i have nothing else to add!

  2. Umyeah says:

    Maybe he has resting sad face?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I think so.

      how many “sad Keanu” memes are there out there?

      I can’t remember who showed it to him, but some late-night host showed him the meme and he thought it was HILARIOUS. just shows what a good dude he is.

  3. Bp says:

    I thought this was a pic of Tom Hanks from Forest Gump!

  4. Lucy says:

    Right? I never see people worrying about Keanu’s fellow Resting SadFace pal Kit Harington. I mean, I wish he’d quit smoking, but we all have our things. Let Keanu be Keanu!

    • Dotgirl says:

      Resting sad face!

      But I always see Kit Harrington as having ‘resting pouty face’. He always looks like you just told him no, he can’t have dessert until his homework is done.

  5. Esmom says:

    Haha, I love this. And I agree that it is restful to just sit and watch sometimes. Although I will profess a bit of concern about him smoking, especially while training!

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    I would regardless of how ‘unkempt’ he may be. The poor guy can’t even have some quiet ‘me’ time without the internet worrying about him.

    But if he wants a hug, I volunteer as tribute.

  7. minx says:

    He looks so much like my nephew and they have the exact deep voice, so I’ve always liked him.

  8. FLORC says:

    I’ve met him! And it’s been the highlights!
    Shopping on the street. My ex ran into his car while on a run once. That lead to fun interaction. At motorcycle shows. This man is so grounded and always so humble. Like he doesn’t know he’s famous and doesn’t care.

    Keanu looks like we all do at times. He just has paps on him. Dude is just living.
    With context i have met a fair amount of celebrities he is forever my favorite. He is what you see. Human. Struggles. Pain, loss, love, spirit. Perseverance. I’ll sing his praises all damn day.

    • Turtle says:


      • FLORC says:

        Seriously. I’ve never encountered someone so consistantly genuine. As a person. As a celebrity. The level of respect I’ll hold for him in immeasurable.

        P.s. he’s a forever dong.

      • Turtle says:

        FLORC, that’s really good to know. I’ve been a little bit in love with him for 30 years.

  9. Marley31 says:

    I’ve like Keanu every since I saw him and River Phoenix (who I miss dearly) in My Own Private Idaho. He looks good for 53yrs young☺ he seems like a sweet man (I never hear negative things about him) and he’s good looking and a he’ll of an actor to boot. What’s not to like. I think people feel sad about Keanu because he’s private you never really know what’s going on with him so people choose to make up stuff and since he’s rumored to be a good guy people cant say anything bad about him so they choose to go the sad Keanu route. I say let Keanu do Keanu and stop trying finding stuff to goat him into revealing his personal side. If he chooses to be private so let him. If I were a celebrity I’d be private as f–k because I to am a private person I’ve always been that way and I’m 47yrs not that I have anything to hide but I feel strongly about it now in this day and age because something needs to be yours and off limits. Not everyone needs to know where you are where your going for vacay your relationship states and what your kids look like or what you do on a daily. That is just me. To each its own. But I can’t Waite to see John Wick 3.

    • isabelle says:

      Seriously who doesn’t like Keanu? Think mist of us like him and his movies. Dude is legend.

    • Christin says:

      If I were famous, I’d do the same thing I do now — try my best to have a private life. He’s clearly not an ego-driven, wants his photo taken every day, fake smiling kind of guy. And that’s fine.

  10. tonetest says:

    I watched Rivers Edge the other day and young Keanu was so friggin adorable. He has some seriously good genes and seems like a good dude as far as millionaire celebs go.

  11. Eliza says:

    I think Keanu is the only man who gets the “you’d look better if you smiled” BS from the world. Most people don’t smile to themselves smoking outside on a training session break.

    • SJhere says:

      Eliza, good comment! I hate when others give that “Smile” bs. Who goes around grinning like a loon all day long. I’ve never heard someone tell a man to “smile” on command. Poor Keanu get that “sad” crap all the time.

      Keanu, my Keanu. This guy is so gorgeous and he is aging very well! I can testify that I have seen most of his films. Keanu has any new movie out? Take my money!

      I think if he tries to have a private life, we should all have the good manners to stay out of it.
      Recently, he had 2 seperate home invasions. Christ on a cracker! That is so out of line.
      I’d be terrified if an unknown person was in my house, and I think most people would be.

      I totally love “The Keanu Abides” comment too. Whoever the very lucky person is, to be involved romantically with Keanu, be good to him. We love him!

  12. Jess says:

    I will love him forever, I love his awkward interviews because it reminds me of myself😄 We never hear bad things about him, ever, and he seems like a good guy. We should all sit and stare off into space like this sometimes, instead of staring at our phones constantly. It’s ok to have moments of quiet or boredom, people have forgotten that I think. It’s also ok to go out looking less than perfect like he does, lol.

    • Livvers says:

      I agree with your comment, but in particular, about sitting restfully without a phone in our hand. Some people read sadness into these Keanu pictures, but I think, geez, that looks relaxing, that looks like a guy who isn’t afraid to sit with his thoughts or who needs to always distract himself from his anxieties (unlike myself!).

  13. isabelle says:

    I call it resting sad face, a lot of us have it. Usually is a down turned face and the beard makes it even worse because you can’t see smiles and expressions. He probably isn’t sad at all, its just his natural face.

  14. BitingPanda says:

    I have a strict No Smokers policy.

    For Keanu, I’d throw that rule right out the window.

    Happy, sad, contemplative, smoking, I’ll take him any way I can get him.

    • Dazed and Confused says:

      Me too. 🙂

    • Tashiro says:

      Yup 🙂

    • G says:

      Joining the chorus here.

      Also: I think a lot of people automatically assume that someone sitting alone is lonely or sad. Keanu strikes me as more of an introvert, in which case some alone time is a wonderful, restorative thing.

    • G says:

      Joining the chorus here.

      Also: I think a lot of people automatically assume that someone sitting alone is lonely or sad. Keanu strikes me as more of an introvert, in which case some alone time is a wonderful, restorative thing.

  15. ChillyWilly says:

    Wait, what tragedies did Keanu experience? He is still beautiful even with the Grizzly Adams look.

    • isabelle says:

      His longterm girlfriend/fiancé died in a car accident and she was pregnant with their child. His sister had cancer for sometime and he took of her and then of course, River Phoenix.

      • Jayna says:

        She wasn’t a long-term girlfriend nor a fiancee. She wasn’t pregnant when she died. They were together for about a year when she got pregnant. He bought her a house for her and the baby, but he did not live with her. The baby was stillborn late in her pregnancy. He broke up with her sometime after the baby was stillborn.
        It sounded like they stayed friendly. She died in a car accident a year and four or five months after the death of her baby. There was a lawsuit about it. She was at Marilyn Manson’s house at a party. Before dawn someone drove her home. But she got back in her car and drove back to the party, On the way there, she crashed into parked cars and was ejected and died. Her family sued Marilyn Manson for supplying her drugs at the party and she was drunk and they found other pills on her. I don’t know what became of the lawsuit.

        He has had a lot of sadness in his life, I agree, between losing his child, friend River Phoenix, ex-girlfriend, My mother delivered a stillborn baby at ten months after induction of labor. She never wanted to talk about him with me or my siblings. It was a very painful and private grief for her. I never brought it up to her even as an adult because of that and got most of information from my dad. I can’t imagine the pain it caused Keanu and his ex-girlfriend.

      • isabelle says:

        Thanks Jayna for clearing up what I got incorrect. My mother lost a child, died as a baby (an older brother) before I was born. She would just choke up and cry if it was brought up, even in her old age. Losing a child if it is a baby, still born or older, is tragic.

    • Lana says:

      He and his girlfriend had a stillborn daughter like 20 years ago and they broke up shortly after. That same girlfriend died in a car crash a couple years after that. His sister also has leukemia.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Oh wow. Thanks…just read the details. SO sad. I had no clue. Probably because he didn’t exploit their deaths for publicity. I respect him even more now.

    • lightpurple says:

      Girlfriend went into premature labor eight months into a pregnancy and baby was stillborn. Their relationship didn’t recover and she died in a car accident a year or so later. His sister has leukemia.

  16. Rumi says:

    53 and seriously hot. I like his relaxed attitude, he’s not been in any scandals and doesn’t need to call the paps. He just does his own thing.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Yep, everything you wrote is why I love him. Keanu is great at just being Keanu. I envy his apparent peacefulness.

  17. mkyarwood says:

    He’s had a lot of loss in his life, and he finds social scenes boring AF. Leave him to his smoke n’ shake in peace. AND SEE THE BILL AND TED SEQUEL.

  18. Yup says:

    Keanu seems like a very sweer, decent and kind person, based upon every report about encounters with him on Reddit ever.

  19. Valerie says:

    I love Keanu.

  20. Incredulous says:

    Imagine not liking Keanu Reeves.

    • Alexis says:

      It would feel very wrong to not adore him.

    • paddingtonjr says:

      I don’t know if I could trust someone who didn’t like Keanu! What’s not to like? He seems fairly harmless and keeps to himself. He’s a good actor who does what he likes, whether it’s playing Hamlet on the stage for an old friend or returning to the world of Bill and Ted, rather than what is going to advance his career. And he’s still adorable at 53!

  21. Rae says:

    I adore Keanu. He’s lost a point or two because of the smoking, but that still leaves him miles in front of any other Hollywood actor to me.

    My first, and still going strong, Hollywood crush.

  22. Miss M says:

    Keanu, I am here for you, 😉

  23. No Doubtful says:

    I’m surprised that he looks so young and is a smoker!

  24. Janet Pace says:


  25. Sassy says:

    This is my high school boyfriend fantasy when I was young. I’ll always love him!!!

  26. Sandy says:

    Love keanu.

  27. Jezza says:

    Nothing but love for Keanu. He is a kind, humble, gentle soul. He is truly deserving of his success.

  28. MeAnnandEddiesEpicLoveStoryIsAHoax says:

    True story: over 20 years ago I was an art student working nights in a trendy cocktail bar to put myself through school. Keanu used to come in quite a lot (this was in Sydney when he was there filming the matrix) and hang out and chat.

    He is adorable! Affable, kindhearted and sweet and so humble and modest. One night he asked me back to his hotel room for a ‘party’ with his then gf (party of three?) but I said no because I had a very jealous boyfriend at the time who would have gone berserk.

    I’ve still got the coaster with the name of the hotel and his room number scrawled on it ha ha

    Ah my brush with fame when I was still young and spunky!

    • Christin says:

      That is a great story to share. Also, your user name is funny. Not enough MeAnn and Eddie lately, and it’s what brought me here!

      • MeAnnandEddiesEpicLoveStoryIsAHoax says:

        To Christin: I know right? We want more Eddie + Leanne! 😉

  29. Cdoggy says:

    Favorite post of the day! Hands down. Namaste

  30. SJhere says:

    Keanu Always! Btw, his training schedule for those John Wick films must be something else!
    I’m 57, I can only wish I had his physical health and flexibility. He is WORKING hard to be that fit and move that well!

    He has always been fabulous to watch in action.
    In the first Matrix, I was in a fully packed theater and during one action scene Keanu is wearing black and running full out while being chased by Agent Smith….A female in the theater was heard to gasp/quietly moan… “Oh God, help me, he is running, oh hell Yes!”

    I think we all enjoy seeing Keanu in action. 🙂

  31. Annabelle says:

    Too hot – Keanu will never age. Must be that dragon’s blood. #vampire