If you’re one of those people who can’t grasp the public’s enthusiasm for NFTs or non-fungible tokens, you’re not alone. As it turns out, Keanu Reeves also doesn’t get the hype over these digital properties.
Basically, an NFT is a digital art file with a certificate of digital ownership that can’t be replicated. However, the truth is that one can easily do so just by right-clicking “Save as.”
Some people will pay millions to acquire one NFT.
Like a painting—a tangible piece of artwork—you can create a replica of an NFT. It is unique and valuable because there are only a few originals.
Digital assets can now experience the same scarcity that was once attributed to physical objects in this digital age. It seems like a manufactured scarcity, which allows powerful people to claim ownership of things that are actually shared by the public.
How does Keanu Reeves fit in all this NFT talk, you ask?
The first “Matrix” movie in nearly 20 years is scheduled to come out on December 22, 2021, and Reeves has been making media rounds to promote the franchise’s revival.
The 57-year-old actor is also promoting “The Matrix Awakens,” a game created by Unreal Engine 5 and Epic Games.
Reeves and his “Matrix Resurrections” co-star Carrie-Anne Moss sat down for an interview with The Verge when the subject of NFTs came up.
Alex Heath, a reporter, stated that NFTs have been sold for $50 each by Matrix movies. It crashed the website because so many people tried to get one for their own use.
Heath then asked the actors about the notion of “digital scarcity, and things that can’t be copied.”
But before he could finish, Reeves interrupted with, “That are easily reproduced?”
The actor then let out a hysterical “Heeheehee” as if to poke fun at the concept of NFTs.
The actor’s cheeky laughter prompted Heath to push back with, “But they’re not the same.” However, the internet was on Reeves’ side for this one.
As with many of Reeves’ videos, this one quickly went viral and earned plenty of hilarious and even thought-provoking responses. Here are some of the most popular comments.
“NFTs are proof that capitalists will try to restrict the supply of anything to try to make it profitable.”
“BuT iT’s NoT tHe SaMe” It is, actually. When i right click and save an nft, I have experienced the nft in the same way that the “owner” has and i didn’t pay a dime.”
“The purpose of art is to be experienced, not owned. A bunch of bros mistaking art for investment doesn’t change that.”
Many people thought that Reeves’ reaction to the new digital craze was the perfect response, making him even more popular among internet folk.
You can watch Reeves and Anne Moss’ interview with The VergeWatch the video below. But if you’d like to skip to the part where they talk about NFTs, you can go right ahead to minute 10:24.
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