Separated at birth: Keanu’s Excellent Adventure

It is said everyone has a double somewhere in this world, but what about somewhere in time?

In the Palace of the Legion of Honor was an oil painting by French artist Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1851-1913) of Paul Mounet done in about 1875. Painted in mostly dark tones, Mounet cuts a dashing, if a bit brooding, figure.

KRT Photograph by Amanda Parks

When I saw the painting, I was struck on how much Mounet looked like Modern-day actor Keanu Reeves of “The Matrix” fame. To me, the resemblance was remarkable. But Reeves was born in 1964, 42 years after Mounet died in 1922. There couldn’t be a connection, could there?

In the 1989 movie, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Reeves played one of two San Dimas teenagers who go time-hopping to gather historical figures for a school report. Who’s to say he didn’t stop long enough to sit for a portrait?

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