“I’m working the box office, bored as hell and suddenly this dude walks up in jeans, a leather jacket and a horse riding helmet," James Dator wrote on Twitter. "It takes me a solid 30 seconds to ignore the helmet and realize it’s Keanu Reeves."
He went on to post a subsequent tweet about how he was so starstruck by Reeves that he offered to give the actor his employee discount to get into the movie. “This means he needs to sign my sheet and therefore I have his autograph,” he tweeted.
I realize later that he bought an ice cream cone he didn’t want, just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his autograph for a 16-year-old idiot.— James Dator (@James_Dator) May 17, 2019
The shocked movie attendant realized later that Reeves purchased the ice cream just to procure the receipt paper to sign the autograph on.
Reeves told him he didn’t work there. Dator became flustered and charged the star the normal price. After kicking himself for not getting Reeves’ autograph, there was a knock on the door behind him. “I assume it’s my manager,” he wrote. “It’s Keanu.”
“’I realized you probably wanted my autograph,’ he says. ‘So I signed this,’” Dator wrote. “He hands me a receipt from the concessions stand that he signed on the back. He then casually throws an ice cream cone in the trash can and sees his movie.”