Keanu Reeves’ Quote About Respect and Connection Is the Inspiring Message We Need for 2021

Keanu Reeves has been known to offer up an inspiring message from time to time — so take note of his brief message of positivity as we move on from 2020. Reeves shared his perspective on how we all have the opportunity to respect one another and connect.

Keanu Reeves attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards 2020
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Keanu Reeves shared his inspiring message

While discussing his role in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game with the LA Times, Reeves was asked about how to move through the challenges the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presented in 2020.

His message was simple, but impactful … and hopeful.

“Try and respect others,” he explained. “Try and continue to get the most out of life, and find ways to get that in this situation, but also to respect it. Find ways to connect. If you can.”

He added, “I mean, just … survive.”

Keanu Reeves revealed his thoughts on his ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ character

Reeves shed some light on why he was interested in playing aging rocker Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 and he said he loved how the character could be different depending on how the game is played.

“That was one of the ideas that drew me to play the role, when CD Projeckt Red brought the project to me they showed me and spoke to me about the platform of the game and the character,” Reeves explained.

He continued, “It’s an open-world, role-playing game. What decisions you make for your dialogue and how you want to be, gives Johnny Silverhand not just one role. I’m playing different versions of the character.”

“That’s something I normally don’t get to do when I inhabit a character,” he added.

The actor said he found the character fun and relatable. “He’s ex-military, disillusioned, angry, started a rock band, who was doing protest music — wake-up music — he was looking for a cause,” Reeves said. “He was looking at the world around him and confronting hypocrisy and subjugation. That stance of the character felt fun to me.”

He added, “Within that character, they gave him the love of his life. So there’s a tough exterior but underneath is this positive, hoping-for-a-better-world presence. I think we all relate to that.”

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Keanu Reeves once shared a beautiful thought about death

Reeves once offered up a deep and beautiful explanation for what happens after death during a 2019 interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Interestingly, the interview had included a light discussion about Bill and Ted Face the Music, when it took a more serious turn.

Reeves shared the plot of the movie with the talk show host. “They were supposed to write the song that was supposed to unite the world and bring peace and everything, but they haven’t,” he explained.

The title characters are tasked with writing a song to “save the universe,” Reeves said. “It’s the end of the universe,” he explained if they don’t succeed. “It’s the end of time and space continuum. It’s all over.”

Colbert interjected with a comment that relayed just how dire the situation is in the movie. “So you’re facing your own mortality and the mortality of all existence.”

“Yeah,” Reeves answered.

That prompted Colbert to ask the actor a pretty deep question: “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?”

Reeves was brief, but his answer was profound. “I know that the ones who love us will miss us,” Reeves said.