Keanu Reeves Wrote Self-Help Book For Friend

Friday, June 17, 2011

KEANU Reeves decided to write a self-help book to make his friend laugh.

The 46-year-old actor — whose girlfriend Jennifer Syme died in a car accident in 2001, two years after giving birth to the couple’s stillborn daughter Ava — penned Ode To Happiness after his pal Janey Bergam found his “self-pity” hilarious.

“I was in my kitchen hanging out with my friend Janey, and the radio was on — and this station was playing, like, an orgy of depressing, self-pitying, nostalgic music,” he said. “You know, ‘I’m just so lonely and I’ve been left and my heart is broke.’ It was so voluptuously horrible.

“And I just started to write on this piece of paper, because I had this image of, you know, the moment when you take a bath, you light that candle, and you’re really just kind of depressed. And it was making Janey laugh so hard, I just l kept going, piling on the self-pity.”

Fans worried about the 47 Ronin actor’s state of mind after he was photographed sitting morosely on a bench alone last year and even set up a global Cheer Up Keanu Day for June 15 but the actor merely found the concern “funny”.

When asked about the campaign, he said, “Oh, the internet deal. It was brought to my attention. Yeah, it was funny. But no, the book predates that by a long time. We finished it in August 2009. It is hopefully, in a quiet and enjoyable way, transformative. The kind of thing that takes you from this one place to another — to look at yourself and, y’know, it can always be worse. I hate that sentence: of course it can always be worse!”