The impact of famous personalities is not limited to their respective industries, as they often inspire people across various fields. Keanu Reeves, a well-known Canadian actor, is an excellent example of this phenomenon.
Recently, a group of German biotechnologists created a powerful pesticide named “Keanumycins” in honor of the actor’s deadly roles. This recognition highlights Reeves’ influence beyond the entertainment industry, as the scientific community has acknowledged his impact. The lead researcher referred to Reeves as an “extremely deadly” character, leading to naming the pesticide after him.
During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, one of the most popular questions Reeves received was about his thoughts on the deadly compound. In response, Reeves said, “Hi, thank you…they should’ve called it John Wick…,” referring to his character in the John Wick movie franchise known for his stoic demeanor and near-perfect aim.
Reeves found the honor “pretty cool and surreal,” considering the numerous tributes done in his name, such as babies named after him.
The scientists who created Keanumycins targeted Botrytis cinerea, a fungus responsible for a soft, gray rot in crops. Due to the fungus’s and other plant-plaguing fungi’s increasing resistance to pesticides, the researchers’ creation of a potent killer like Keanumycins is critical.
The creation of Keanumycins is comparable to the fictional hitman, John Wick, known for his precision and unwavering determination. Reeves suggested the researchers rename the pesticide after his on-screen character, indicating his fondness for the character and the franchise.
Reeves’ response to the honor bestowed upon him by the German biotechnologists was both sincere and light-hearted. The actor’s influence is impressive, as evidenced by the recognition he has received from people outside the entertainment industry. The creation of Keanumycins demonstrates that Reeves’ contributions to popular culture have not gone unnoticed and that the scientific community recognizes his impact.
All in all, Reeves’ honorary appellation was well-deserved, and he will undoubtedly continue to be a source of inspiration for many.