Keanu Reeves should be the poster guy for triumph over adversity. He's been through so much in his life and even though he now has hundreds of millions in the bank, he never fails to help others.
Who could forget the video showing him not only travelling on the subway, but actually getting up and offering his seat to someone else?
Not many famous faces would do that. But for Keanu, it's common courtesy and just one of the many acts of kindness he has carried out over the years.
So we weren't surprised to hear that he went above and beyond to make a sixteen-year-old boy's day by buying an ice cream that he didn't want purely for the receipt to write his autograph on.
And just wait until you read about the extravagant Christmas gifts that he bought the special effects team on the set of The Matrix...
Keanu Reeves is known for being one of the nicest Hollywood actors.
And all this despite having a pretty challenging childhood and adolescence.It has been reported that Keanu's father was a drug addict, that Keanu himself struggled with dyslexia and that his close friend, River Phoenix, died from a drug overdose.
And then he had further heartbreak.
@lexforchange Keanu Reeves lost a baby (stillborn at 8 months) and the baby’s mother died not long thereafter. He s… https://t.co/3FDrwehJ8o— John Amussen 💛🐝 (@John Amussen 💛🐝)1520988758.0
He is, and it seems that he will always be, a genuine guy who wants to make others around him happy.
1995 Keanu Reeves at set Chain Reaction http://t.co/zsJYNsZ0ax http://t.co/Y3rShRXfhq— Keanu Russian Club (@Keanu Russian Club)1403991959.0
And even though he is worth an estimated $360 million, he is still keen to prove that he's just a regular guy.
Keanu Reeves gives his seat to a lady on the subway https://t.co/w9OUb3280e— 9GAG Tweets (@9GAG Tweets)1502731316.0
But when he is driving himself, he still manages to go the extra mile.Like the time he helped a lady whose car had broken down on a highway in LA. Not only did he call the AAA for her as her cell phone was not working, but he also drove her fifty miles home after her car had been towed in the opposite direction to where he was going. Now there's helpful, and then there's Keanu-helpful!
He is also big on helping charitable causes.
Keanu Reeves support to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in its inaugural magazine Pink Ribbon Aug - Se… https://t.co/BRhmSRZnYq— Keanu Reeves หนูรักเค้า ❤ (@Keanu Reeves หนูรักเค้า ❤)1558027909.0
Even though she has been in remission since 1999, he still helps them.
He also supports the homeless.
keanu reeves exchanging wisdom with a homeless man https://t.co/oSnu7DKFqF— keanu doing things (@keanu doing things)1520192415.0
And he's not all about the money.Acting is his passion and he has taken more than one pay cut to ensure that he can act alongside the best in the profession. When he was cast in the film The Replacements, he took a massive 90% pay cut so that Gene Hackman would also agree to star in the film. And apparently, he was not above a bit of backgammon as well.
And he did the same thing for The Devil's Advocate.
FACT: Keanu Reeves took a pay cut on MATRIX and DEVILS ADVOCATE so they could afford FX and Pacino, respectively.— MovieBob Productions (@MovieBob Productions)1382787716.0
Even more selflessly, he signed away his back-end deal on the second and third Matrix movies.So that the makeup and special effects team could remain in employment for the duration of the trilogy. Ahh, they must have loved him!
It was even revealed that he gave one of the set builders on The Matrix $20,000 as a Christmas bonus.Apparently, the builder in question was struggling financially and couldn't provide for his family and as soon as Keanu heard about his troubles, he wrote him a cheque. Simple as that.
And his generosity whilst filming The Matrix didn't end there.
keanu reeves spent several million dollars buying the entire matrix stunt team harley davidsons, just for shits— john dope (@john dope)1414568152.0
And to top it off he has a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself too seriously.
He wasn't even offended when people took the p*ss out of his LA drawl and his pretty boy looks.Saying: "I'm a meathead, I can't help it, man. You've got smart people and you've got dumb people. You just happen to be spending time with a dumb person." We'd rather a kind, dumb person that a horrible, intelligent one any day Keanu!
We also love that he doesn't think he's above everyone else.
And most recently, a fan has revealed a very sweet story about himself and Keanu in honor of his new film John Wick: Chapter 3.
In honor of John Wick 3 I have a Keanu Reeves story.— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100513.0
At the time, Dator was working at a movie theater in Sydney, Australia.
Keanu came to the movie theater I worked at in Sydney in 2001. He was working on the Matrix series at the time. It’… https://t.co/kJvmMEa4OR— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100611.0
Now even though Keanu was at the height of fame in 2001, starring in The Matrix...
I’m working the box office, bored as hell and suddenly this dude walks up in jeans, a leather jacket and a horse ri… https://t.co/Hh5h1lusyE— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100782.0
But what was Keanu doing in a movie theater in Sydney?
Obviously, Dator soon realized who was in front of him and he started to feel more than a little star struck.
He wants to buy a ticket for “From Hell,” the Johnny Depp movie. I’m so fucking star struck I do what any sensible… https://t.co/nQqeYetUal— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100864.0
But never one to take advantage of a freebie...
“I don’t work here,” Keanu says. Seemingly confused by my offer. I’m flustered and just charge him the normal price… https://t.co/hllidZ2iwS— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100927.0
But unbeknown to him, Keanu had sussed out his not-so-cunning plan.
2 minutes later there’s a knock on the door behind me that leads into the box office. I assume it’s my manager. It’s Keanu.— James Dator (@James Dator)1558100962.0
With a special offering for the shy sixteen-year-old.
“I realized you probably wanted my autograph,” he says. “So I signed this.” He hands me a receipt from the concessi… https://t.co/vS2TI387up— James Dator (@James Dator)1558101042.0
And the realization hit.
I realize later that he bought an ice cream cone he didn’t want, just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his… https://t.co/O35EgOBseh— James Dator (@James Dator)1558101092.0
Unsurprisingly, Dator's tweets have gone viral.Because who doesn't like to hear a heartwarming story about their favorite actor? With over 52,000 likes and counting!
And loads of fans have shared their own past encounters with the actor.
@James_Dator @AndyRichter Shortly after bill and Ted came out, 8 year old me saw him at Newark airport. Went up to… https://t.co/PVpjt5o5ad— toflo (@toflo)1558151464.0
Keanu let this dude take two selfies because his hand was shaking so badly.
@James_Dator Keanu 4ever. Saw this man sitting on a fire hydrant in NYC. A fucking fire hydrant. & he looked cool d… https://t.co/VKknUkIP7m— Chris Harihar (@Chris Harihar)1558158370.0
And it seems that nothing has changed.
@James_Dator Just met him on Wednesday.. dude was way chill https://t.co/0yxYFKkGW4— boa BLM (@boa BLM)1558212517.0