A man on the internet has captured everyone’s attention with an amazing fail after he claimed to have met one of the world’s most beloved celebrities.
Bill Montanary posted about a recent encounter with Keanu Reeves to OperationFlagDrop, a pro-Trump Facebook group dedicated to spreading Trump banners and flags in random places.
He shared photos of him and Reeves holding up a “Keep America Great” sign as well as one rooting for “Trump 2020,” while Montanary himself sported a Confederate Flag jacket and gave an awkward thumbs up.
“Maryland Bike Show this past weekend with Keanu. Apparently he restores antique bikes and is a Trump supporter!” he wrote.
Only, this was absolutely not Keanu Reeves.
The man bore a passing resemblance to the Speed actor in that he had a similar hair length and beard, and also wore black, a color Reeves often wears…?
It was clearly a reach.
Point Break. Point Broke. pic.twitter.com/cpGmmT681h— K 🌊 (@KateKsaunders) February 16, 2020
The post got shared to Twitter and people had an absolute field day with the mix up.
Who wants to tell him? pic.twitter.com/il2vKltSni— Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) February 15, 2020
I'm more convinced everyday that whole crowd has the political equivalent of 'beer goggles'.— Shawn (@AxlWarpshaft01) February 15, 2020
That last one had me DEAD— #deplatformpredators (@lernbergi) February 16, 2020
“He’s the earth crunchie type, so it obviously makes sense for him to be a Trump supporter.”— Amy (@inspiredzone) February 15, 2020
Loved him in The Matricks— Keith G. Blair (@44bizzness) February 15, 2020
^^underrated tweet— Gary Sr (@Gary_Jr_Da3rd) February 16, 2020
LMFAOOOO PLEASEEEE— harley quinn apologist ♥ (@missharleyswift) February 16, 2020
💯— TAnderson 🇺🇸 (@92tanderson) February 16, 2020
Better yet, the post became so popular that the man who Montanary claimed was Reeves wound up seeing it.
“Ok – this is insane,” Nick German wrote on Facebook. “Some jerk took my photo last weekend at the Timonium Bike Show and now posting on Instagram that he met Keanu Reeves. Jesus. Really people???? Yes, that is ME on the right. What is wrong with people? And it received IG 250,000 hits. Smh.”
Ok - this is insane. Some jerk took my photo last weekend at the Timonium Bike Show and now posting on Instagram that he...Posted by Nick German on Saturday, February 15, 2020
As for the Trump gear, German says he never realized Montanary had snuck that in.
German, who has shared strong anti-Trump sentiments in the past, was very clear that he had nothing to do with the signs being held up. Likely meaning that even when Montanary believed him to be Reeves, he never had a conversation with him about supporting Trump, but instead held up these banners to try to make people think Reeves supports Trump.
“Simply put, several photos were taken & apparently he snuck the banner in,” he told a commenter. “I never saw it.”
So next time you think you’ve run into a celebrity at a random convention in a random state, before you ask to take a photo, make sure you have even the slightest clue what they look like. Because there’s a good chance it won’t actually be them.