Keanu Reeves has been through a lot; he’s killed a vampire king, he time traveled while stoned, he’s saved a bus full of people, he’s survived a hit from the criminal underworld, he tried his hand as a Samurai, he was a ragdoll participant in one of Phillip K Dick’s nightmares, he was Buddha, he’s saved the world at least four times, and he’s discovered reality to be an anesthetic simulation by dystopian robot overlords – who would’ve thought that after all that, he’d still be such a nice dude?
Well, he is. It’s a widely known fact in Hollywood. Reeves has gone out of his way a number of times for the good of friends, co-workers and strangers alike.
You may know Keanu Reeves as the fresh-faced stoner/time traveler from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Bill: How’s it going, royal ugly dudes? I am the Earl of Preston!
Ted: And I am the Duke of Ted!
Henry VII: Put them in the iron maiden.
Ted: Iron Maiden?
Bill and Ted: Excellent! [air guitar]
Or as the latex-clad “chosen one” from The Matrix trilogy.
I know Kung Fu…
Or you may know him for his “English” accent in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
This is probably the worst accent in the history of cinema.
Having received over $80 million for his role in The Matrix trilogy alone, his net worth is now estimated to be $360 million.
You’d think, having accrued a personal fortune, that Reeves would become selfish and paranoid, as many celebrities do.
Keanu is often regarded as one of the kindest people in Hollywood; he’s reportedly modest, charitable and sympathetic.
Here are some of the kind deeds that Keanu has become known for.
Before The Matrix’s second and third installments hit the screens, Reeves signed a deal that gave his profit sharing points to the special effect and costume design departments.
“For a long time in Los Angeles when I first moved there, when I was 20 years old, it was such a new world and so I saw some guys at a gas station once who had hockey equipment in their car, and I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were playing street hockey, so I asked them if I could play”.
In 2010, a meme emerged of Keanu Reeves sitting on a bench with the tagline “sad Keanu”. But he revealed that he “thought it was funny,” the meme-lord’s heartland.
While working on the movie, Chain Reaction, in which he starred alongside Morgan Freeman, Reeves bought the stagehands a free breakfast every day in the last weeks of filming.
Reeves bought Harley Davidson motorcycles for all twelve of his stuntmen during the filming of The Matrix Reloaded.
Reeves admitted on Jimmy Kimmel that he was still grateful for a teenage acting role in Canada that paid him $127.
According to Snopes, in an interview with Ladies Home Journal he said, “I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research… I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does”.
You won’t see Brad Pitt doing that.
Reeves once took a pay cut to allow for Al Pacino to co-star in The Devil’s Advocate.
In a Reddit “ask me anything,” Reeves wrote: “You know, I’ve been very fortunate in my life, which I am grateful for. And I guess it’s just to my tastes to keep life as simple as I can“.
He once gave a struggling worker on the set of The Matrix $20,000 dollars as a bonus to help him to get back on his feet.
That same worker also wrote that, “He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know peoples names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set“.
While waiting to get into a rap party for the film Exposed, in which Keanu played a leading role, he wasn’t recognized by the bouncer.
Keanu just stood and waited patiently in the queue with everyone else. It was raining. Good to know that someone in Hollywood doesn’t brandish their name.
This next story is really something; that a Hollywood celebrity would take the time to do this is almost unheard of.
“A friend of mine told me that she was once stranded on the side of a highway outside LA when her jalopy broke down. She had no cell phone (that was before most people had cell phones) and no way to call for help…”.
“Then a nice black Porsche pulls over and as you can guess, it was Keanu. He tried to help her jump start the car and when it didn’t work, he called AAA for her”.
“When they towed her car, he offered her to drive her home, which she accepted. He drove about 50 miles out of his destination just to drive her home”.
She told me that she hoped he would hit on her but he didn’t, he was just a gentleman. He dropped her at her house, gave her his phone number, and told her to call him if she needed further help.
Now you’re all caught up in Keanu, it’s time for a countdown of my top five favorite Reevesian moments.
I know this isn’t a specific moment, but… woah!
This film is… terrible. But at least they got the casting right.
Here’s his intimate moment on camera with fellow 90s movie star, Sandra Bullock. So precious.
He’s just so fresh-faced and sweet.
If you’re still not convinced that Keanu Reeves is the most wonderful human being on the planet, get a load of this.
And there’s something similar (and incredibly endearing) about them all.
And the internet’s collective stone-cold heart melted.
But if this article has proven anything, it’s that Keanu Reeves is a great guy and I personally think that his habit when taking pictures with ladies is one borne out of respect.
Keanu Reeves is the most perfect person on the planet and there’s nothing you can say or do to change my mind.