The actor made the revelation on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' while promoting the new Matrix movie.
Keanu Reeves might be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but the actor admitted he himself gets starstruck at times. 'The Matrix' star said he had only sought two people's autographs and we have to say, he's made some good choices. The actor made the revelation on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' while promoting the new Matrix movie. He was responding to a set of rapid-fire questions. When asked if he ever asked a celebrity for an autograph, he named 'Velvet Underground' singer Lou Reed and legendary comedian George Carlin.
Reeves clarified that he got Lou Reed's autograph for a friend rather than for himself. "It wasn't for me — it was for a friend, and [Lou] was cool about it. It was [on] a little piece of paper, and it was [in] blue ink. Yeah, it was good. It just said, 'Lou Reed,'" recalled Keanu. He then added that he got Carlin's autograph for himself. Reeves had starred alongside Carlin in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” a sci-fi comedy from 1989. In the movie, Carlin (Rufus) takes Reeves (Ted Logan) and Alex Winter (Bill Preston) into the past to help them complete their high school history presentation. Reeves revealed that he was amused by Carlin's message on the signed note. "He gave me an autograph. It was really funny. He wrote ‘Dear Keanu, f— you,’" recalled the actor. He would later find out that it was Carlin's signature style. "I always thought he just wrote that for me, but I met someone else who said he wrote the same thing to them,” he added.
Carlin also featured, posthumously, in the 2020 sequel — “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” appearing as a futuristic hologram. Reeves heaped praise on the actor after Carlin's death in 2008. “For me, there’s like the George Carlin before I met George Carlin, and then working with George Carlin and knowing him after,” Reeves told USA Today. “From the legacy of his thought and comedy as a performer, (he was) one of the greatest of all time and very impactful for my world view and humor.”
Being the kind and adorable man that he is, there's a whole lot of people out there who'd like to get the actor's autograph. One person who got lucky was James Dator, who was 16 at the time and worked at a movie theater. Dator was star-struck when he saw the Canadian actor walk up to him and ask for a ticket to watch 'From Hell' starring Johnny Depp. "I'm so fu**ing star-struck I do what any sensible 16-year-old does and tell him I'd like to give him my employee discount," he said. Dator knew that was the easiest way to get the actor's signature without directly asking for it, as he did not want to come off as uncool.
Reeves was confused and told him, “I don’t work here.” Dator was crestfallen, and he charged Reeves the normal price. He was kicking himself about not just directly asking Reeves for his autograph. However, to Dator's surprise, Reeves returns two minutes later. “I realized you probably wanted my autograph. So I signed this,” said Reeves, handing him a receipt. Dator saw the actor throw an ice cream cone in the trash and realized that the actor had bought the ice cream just so he could have something to sign on for the young boy at the movie counter. The incident speaks volumes about the person Keanu Reeves.