“I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” Host Stephen Colbert actually had nothing to say after what Reeves had just said. Colbert was silent for several seconds, before reaching over to the actor to shake his hand.
What is the first thing that pops up when you think of death? It's something that all of us think about at some point in our lives. It is the inevitable future. Keanu Reeves was recently asked about his thoughts on death, and he seemed to have an incredibly profound answer to it. The topic of mortality came up when Reeves an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week. On the show, Reeves was discussing the third installment of the Bill and Ted franchise.
The movie is titled Bill and Ted Face the Music, and during the show, Reeves opened up about the plot of the film. He said the titular characters are under a lot of pressure because “they were supposed to write the song that was supposed to unite the world and bring peace and everything, but they haven’t.” To add to the stress, the pair find out during the film that their song will actually “have to save the universe", and that they’ll only have 80 minutes to write it.
If at all they fail, life as they know it will be over. “It’s the end of the entire universe,” Reeves shared. “It’s the end of the time-space continuum.” The host Stephen Colbert commented on the high stakes of the movie, and said, “so you’re facing your own mortality and the mortality of all existence.” “Yeah,” Reeves answered. So, naturally, Colbert went on to ask Reeves about what he thought happens to people when they die.
Keanu Reeves took a moment to consider the question that was asked, and he simply replied, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” Colbert actually had nothing to say after what Reeves had just said. Colbert was silent for several seconds, before reaching over to the actor to shake his hand, according to People. It seems like Reeves was speaking from experience when he made that profound statement.
Reeves has, in fact, lost a lot of important people in his life. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose in 1993 at the age of 23. His late girlfriend Jennifer Syme, whom he met in 1998, later gave birth to their stillborn baby daughter. Reeves and Syme remained best friends until April 2001, when Syme died in a car crash. It is never easy to cope with the loss of a loved one and Keanu Reeves is no exception to the pain.
People took to Facebook to gush over just how much they loved and admired Reeves. Mary Jane Torres wrote: Blessings - I admire this man he is such a humble unique human being of a man. He has such a balance of life he has conquered. Much continued success to him. Maddy Aquino added: Spoke the truth and he's never one to comment too much which could lead to misinterpretation. Wise, gentle, soul. No entourage, no limo, no big mansion or fancy cars. Just Keanu being Keanu.
There were, of course, people who did not understand what was so profound about it. Tisa DelaCruz wrote: Maybe he didn’t want to try to speculate so he said only what he knows for sure? I mean, that’s a subject that no one living can answer with certainty. I don’t know...Mary Alice questioned: Why is this profound? I am confounded by how big of a deal his comment is making people admire it. Is it because he avoided to answer it directly with a belief or nonbelief in an afterlife or God? A comment is ok, but special, no.