Who is that this man to you? Is it Keanu Reeves, beloved A-list actor who’s out of the blue having an enormous comeback in our popular culture consciousness? Is he the man who performed Neo within the massively influential Matrix films? Perhaps him as John Wick?
Nicely, should you ask a baby, it’s very possible that they’re going to inform you that’s the man from Fortnite, the battle royale sport that got here out in 2017. However up till very not too long ago, Keanu Reeves wasn’t truly in Fortnite. All the identical, Keanu stored getting children coming as much as him to name him “Fortnite man,” in response to a current E3 interview with Epic Video games inventive director Donald Mustard.
Keanu “was starting to have all these kids come up to him, all these teenagers on the street, and they weren’t doing the normal ‘Oh you’re Neo, oh you’re Wick,’” Mustard, who talks to Keanu, advised host Geoff Keighley. As an alternative, they stored referring to Keanu as “Fortnite man!” proper to his face.
Possible, the youngsters had been referencing a suit-wearing character known as The Reaper who’s colloquially known as John Wick by Fortnite followers. (Which is smart: One in all John Wick’s aliases is “The Reaper.”) The Reaper has turn out to be an enormous a part of the sport’s tradition, as Fortnite devotees will typically put on the pores and skin to speak that they’re a hardcore participant. And John Wick, in fact, is performed by Keanu Reeves.
The humorous factor is, in response to Mustard, Keanu had no concept what Fortnite was when this primary began occurring, nor did he really feel that The Reaper regarded very similar to him in any respect. However the run-ins with children acquired frequent sufficient that Keanu and Epic Video games determined to truly make an official John Wick pores and skin occur, so that folks would cease complicated a John Wick knock-off for the precise factor. That is apparently how Epic Video games was capable of get an precise John Wick pores and skin added into Fortnite earlier this yr.
What will get me about this anecdote is that it’s an ideal distillation of how a lot Fortnite has taken over the world. Whereas the sport references all kinds of items of popular culture, for a lot of children who play the sport, Fortnite will possible be their first introduction to the idea in query. For this reason there was such a ruckus over crediting the creators of dances that find yourself as emotes in Fortnite — with no seen reference, folks will simply assume Fortnite is the place every part originates. Even Keanu Reeves.