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OTRC: Keanu Reeves releases new book 'Ode To Happiness' after 'Sad Keanu' meme

Keanu Reeves as Neo in a scene from the 2003 film 'The Matrix Reloaded.' (Village Roadshow Films)

Keanu Reeves has co-authored a "grown-up's picture book" called "Ode to Happiness," which features inkblot paintings alongside depressing passages written by the actor.

The 46-year-old's book appears to be a tongue-in-cheek response to a popular Internet meme titled "Sad Keanu" that has circulated online in recent years. It features his image Photoshopped into various scenarios and has inspired several tribute websites.

Reeves' book contains drawings by Alexandra Grant and recently had a limited 4,000 print run in the United Kingdom. It is also found on Amazon.

The passages found in the publication include "I draw a hot sorrow bath. In my despair room" and "It can always be worse," according to the New York Daily News.

Reeves says he was inspired to write the book while listening to a radio station that "was playing, like, an orgy of depressing, self-pitying, nostalgic music," the newspaper reported, quoting the actor as saying: "I just started to write on this piece of paper, because I had this image of, you know, that moment when you take that bath, you light that candle, and you're really just kind of depressed."

"Ode to Happiness' is described on Grant's website as a "grown-up's picture book" that "serves as a meditation on making the best of a bad situation."

Meanwhile, Reeves continues to act. He appeared in the movie "Henry's Crime," which was released in April. He plays an ex-con who is jailed for a bank robbery he did not commit but decides to carry out the crime after he is released. The film also stars James Caan and Vera Farmiga.

Reeves is perhaps best known for his roles as Ted in the "Bill & Ted" films, Neo in the "Matrix" trilogy and the title character in the 2005 thriller "Constantine."

He said in April that a third "Bill & Ted" movie is in the works. The actor has not yet signed onto the film officially but is currently working on two independent films, "47 Ronin" and "Generation Um...," set for release in 2012.

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