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Fake News: NOT A Picture Of Keanu Reeves Running Away With Camera From Paparazzi

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:23:48 Z)

Did actor Keanu Reeves steal a camera from some paparazzi guy and is there a picture of him running away with it circulating on the internet? No, that's not true: the miscaptioned image is actually footage from the set of the movie "Generation Um" in which Reeves' character steals a camera and is chased by people who are trying to get it back.

The picture often appears with following caption:

A photo of Keanu Reeves running away with a camera he took from a Paparazzi guy is currently my favorite photo on the Internet.

Screenshot of https://leadstories.com/keanurunning.jpg

This is the image in question:

keanurunning.jpg

In reality the image is a set photo from the movie "Generation Um". Other photos from the set can be bought here at this stock photo site:

Stock Photo - KEANU REEVES GENERATION UM... (2012

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Reeves played the character "John" in the 2012 movie:

Generation Um... (2012) - IMDb

Directed by Mark Mann. With Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic, Adelaide Clemens, Daniel Sunjata. Three adults during a single day in New York City, one filled with sex, drugs, and indecision.

This appears to be the scene in question where the character takes the camera, although the viewing angle is different from the picture so it probably was a promotional or media image:

So no, Keanu Reeves is not a camera thief!

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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