Run the Jewels recently released the single “No Save Point” along with its music video for the highly-anticipated title Cyberpunk 2077. However, a lyric from the song has caught the fans’ attention, creating what is called the Celebrity Paradox.
The Celebrity Paradox happens when the actor exists in the same universe at the same time as the character they play as. As a result, fans have been wondering about the consequences of this phenomenon in Cyberpunk 2077.
It appears that “No Save Point” has a line that referenced the actor Keanu Reeves, which goes “Keanu Reeves, cyber arm under my sleeve.” Even though Reeves will be playing the character Johnny Silverhand in the game, it appears that the actor himself is also present in the game’s universe.
After the song was released, fans began to wonder about the ramifications of the lyric, especially since Run the Jewels will be known as Yankee and the Brave in Cyberpunk 2077’s world.
Fortunately, senior quest designer Patrick K. Mills has put the fans’ minds at ease. Through his Twitter account, he confirmed that the “KR lyric is lore friendly.” Apparently, Keanu Reeves also exists in Cyberpunk 2077 and is a “little known Collapse-era actor” who is commonly mistaken for Johnny Silverhand since they look very similar to each other.
Given the fact that Silverhand is a targeted freedom fighter, we can imagine that Reeves is constantly under attack by those who mistake him for Silverhand.
The KR lyric is lore friendly. It's an in universe cultural reference to KR, a little known Collapse-era actor who bore and uncanny resemblance to Johnny Silverhand, and in the years following Johnny's disappearance, was frequently mistaken for JS. 👉🤛 https://t.co/AxpPvlww97
— Patrick K. Mills (@PKernaghan) November 14, 2020
For those who haven’t been keeping track of Cyberpunk 2077’s lore, its timeline supposedly deviates from the 90s, with 1996 bearing witness to the Collapse. More specifically, this Collapse that takes place is the downfall of Western civilization. As a result, numerous megacorporations get established.
Some time in 2020, Silverhand disappears without a trace after attacking Arasaka headquarters. That being said, it would still make sense if Reeves exists in Cyberpunk 2077’s timeline, given how he’s known for being ageless throughout the years.
At this point, Keanu Reeves plays a major role in the game’s marketing. As a matter of fact, he has even requested that his screen time gets doubled. Naturally, this is good news for his fans.
When he was revealed during E3 2019, fans started creating memes about how the actor is so “breathtaking,” so much so that Cyberpunk 2077 even included a trophy/achievement in reference to this.
That being said, there will be an upcoming episode of A Night City Wire this November 19 that will primarily focus on Keanu Reeves and Johnny Silverhand. If you’re a fan of the Canadian actor, then we highly recommend that you check this broadcast out once it goes live.
Cyberpunk 2077 has a variety of other talents onboard, such as A$AP Rocky, Grimes, and Refused. Although, not all the roles for the different artists have been confirmed. As for Grimes, the eccentric synth-pop singer will be playing a character called Lizzy Wizzy, who has her own tragic past to tell.
After its latest delay, Cyberpunk 2077 is set to release this December 10 for multiple systems, namely the PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.