If you ask a person who the man in the below picture is, you will receive different answers for that question. Some know him as the A-list actor Keanu Reeves, others would remember him as his role on the screen, maybe as the influential Matrix’s Neo or as the assassin John Wick.

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Keanu Reeves

However, if that question is given to a child, you will possibly get an answer that can surprise you. A child would be most likely to know Keanu Reeves as the man from Fortnite, a free-to-play battle royale online game released in 2017. According to the creative director of Epic Games, Donald Mustard in an E3 interview, although it was not until recently that the actor was in the game, kids kept approaching him and call him “Fortnite guy.”

Keanu Reeves “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,’” said Mustard to host Geoff Keighley. Instead, they kept referring to Keanu as “Fortnite guy!” right to his face.

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Kids are calling Keanu as Fortnite guy a lot, and this is quite easy to understand

The children were probably referring to The Reaper, a Fortnite character in suits, which the fans of the game often say to be John Wick. It all makes sense now as “The Reaper” is one of the aliases of John Wick. The Reaper has been a big part of Fortnite culture with players wearing the skin to indicate that they are hardcore players of the game. Of course, the man playing John Wick is no one else but Keanu Reeves.

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The 'Fortnite guy' that kids know

A funny thing Mustard also shared is that neither did the actor know what the game was when everything happened in the first place, nor he thought that The Reaper looked like him that much. However, with kids frequently running into him, Epic Games and Keanu settled the issue by creating an actual John Wick skin. This way no one would confuse between the real John Wick skin and the knock off. It seems that how Epic Games could have a real John Wick skin added to the game this year.

This has correctly shown the influence of Fortnite on the world of pop culture. The game may use pieces from pop culture as a reference, but to those kids playing Fortnite, it is where they are first introduced to such concept. Another example would be the famous dance used as an emote on Fortnite, which was initially created by others and showed up on the game without visible reference. That’s why many players seem to believe that Fortnite is the origin of everything.