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Keanu Reeves surprises E3 with meme-worthy cameo—and we can barely handle it

It was 'breathtaking.'


Ignacio Martinez

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 10, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:55 am CDT

Keanu Reeves is a man on fire.

Reeves recently starred in the third installment of the John Wick franchise and appeared in hit Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe in addition to being acknowledged as one of the internet’s collective heartthrobs. Reeves has also displayed his chops as possibly an amateur philosopherOne place fans really didn’t expect Keanu to show up, however, was Microsoft’s E3 conference.

To promote CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077, Reeves took the stage Sunday much to the delight of the entire E3 crowd. Although he was clearly reading copy from a teleprompter, Reeves’s natural charisma and the fact that he legitimately seemed to be having fun onstage completely won the crowd over. That performance, and the news that followed inspired instant memes.

“You’re breathtaking!” shouted an audience member at him. Reeves immediately returned the compliment, providing what will surely be one of E3 2019’s most endearing moments. 

After Reeves’ time onstage at E3, people online could not contain their joy at his appearance during the annual game conference and it spouted positive and playful memes.

Reeves’ appearance was not just a wise publicity move. During the release date reveal trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, we learned that Reeves would have a starring role in the game. Memes of this followed as well.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is out April 16, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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*First Published: Jun 10, 2019, 10:59 am CDT