INDIANAPOLIS — Keanu Neal is nicknamed “The Matrix” by some because he shares a name with the film’s main actor, Keanu Reeves. But the movie star may be saddened to learn that Neal isn’t fond of him.
“I’m not,” Neal laughed when asked if he was a big Keanu Reeves fan. “A lot of people call me ‘The Matrix,’ but I never knew why and when I watched the movie, I didn’t really like it.”
The name Keanu is of Hawaiian origin, so Neal has to have some sort of island blood in him, right?
“I’m not Hawaiian, though,” he laughed.
So how did his mother end up naming him Keanu? Well, in his family, two kids’ names begin with the letter “C” while two start with “K.” When it came time to name Keanu, the family needed a “K” name. Neal’s brother had a huge say in what he should be named.
“My brother is a huge fan of Keanu Reeves, so he was like, ‘Keanu.’ (My mother) loved it and it stuck,” Neal said.
Neal won’t be watching any reruns of “The Matrix” with his family anytime soon, though.