It’s time to talk about the legend that is Keanu Reeves. For the first time in what seems like A-List history, this is one Hollywood star that doesn’t like to boast about his celebrity status. Instead, you might find this man using his popularity in one of the best ways: to help others.
Throughout his lengthy career, this Canadian-American legend has taken part in projects which turned him into a household name. From The Matrix all the way to Toy Story 4, we begin to wonder if there are any movies he hasn’t featured in. Putting acting aside, we’re here to tell you about the man behind the cameras, and how Reeves is the gift that keeps on giving.
He Gave a Set Builder $20,000
The meaning of ‘respect’ goes a long way when your name is Keanu Reeves. Possibly one of the most heartwarming tales to come out of Hollywood involved the acting superstar and a set builder. These two completely different people joined together over one selfless act of kindness.
After news broke out that The Matrix set builder was facing a family crisis, the movie star made it his top priority to show some support. How did he do this? By rewarding him with a pretty hefty paycheck, $20,000 to be precise! There’s generosity, and then there’s Keanu Reeves.
He Chilled With a Homeless Guy
When some people start earning the big bucks, their circle tends to become more and more exclusive. Lavish lifestyles call for lavish company, darling! This couldn’t be more untrue for Keanu Reeves though, everyone’s welcome in this guy’s circle.
Let’s rewind back to 1997. Keanu was still a very well established actor by this time, so did that mean you needed a prestigious title to hang out with him? Absolutely not. In fact, the paparazzi got some shots in of the star kicking it back with a homeless man. The two shared stories while tucking into a couple of snacks.
He Waited in a Club Queue
How many times have you seen an A-list celebrity waiting in line to get into an exclusive club? The chances are you’ve never seen it, it’s just not the done thing. This story about the ever-so-selfless Keanu Reeves definitely stands as a first in Hollywood history.
So, you’ve probably guessed by now that Keanu Reeves was spotted waiting in the queue for a club. Not just any club though, it was the night of his own wrap party! For 20 minutes, Keanu stood in the pouring rain so as “not to make a scene.” Talk about wanting to keep a low profile!
He Gave Up His Subway Seat
Spotting a celebrity on public transport is like finding a needle in a haystack. Think about it, if you were rich enough to get chauffeured everywhere, would you ever go back? One star who took this one step further and really blended into the crowd was, you guessed it, Keanu Reeves.
The John Wick star is two things: humble, and a gentleman. He’s humble because he opts for the New York subway option instead of a limousine to work. He’s a gentleman because he was spotted giving up his subway seat to the woman standing next to him, one random morning.
He Donates to Charity
If you haven’t got it by now, Keanu Reeves is a pretty humble guy. One of his biggest acts of kindness has got to be the huge contribution he pays to charity. If you were wondering what this successful man likes to spend his money on, it’s helping the less fortunate.
Celebrities everywhere have been spotted getting involved in humanitarian causes, but Keanu Reeves conducts himself in a slightly different way to the rest. How? The movie star never talks publically about his good deeds. Just to have the satisfaction of knowing he helped is enough.
He Bought His Mom a House
This is enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. During an interview with Playboy, Keanu Reeves revealed one of the biggest benefits of his wealth. His answer is what we think makes him one of Hollywood’s best sons ever.
So, what did he say? Keanu wasn’t excited about all the sports cars or designer clothes he could now afford, but something a little more generous: “I can buy my mom a house.” Isn’t this adorable! We’re sure Patricia Taylor was one proud woman after hearing this.
He Brought Passengers Home
Oh, look! It’s another story about how Keanu Reeves saved the day – this time on a plane. After an emergency landing in Bakersfield, Calfornia, the movie star was adamant he would get his fellow passengers to their final destination in Los Angeles.
How did he do it? Reeves put his initiative cap on and joined the travelers in a van to sunny L.A. During the journey, Keanu played music and chatted away to ensure spirits stayed high. For the passengers, this might have been quite the experience, but for Reeves, it was just another day of kindness.
He Bought Everyone Lunch
He may have a net worth of over $300 million, but Keanu Reeves doesn’t like to blow all his earnings on himself, quite the contrary! It seems like there’s nothing that brings this star more joy than spending his hard-earned cash on others.
On the set of Chain Reaction, Keanu, the main star of the production, shocked everyone. During the last few weeks of filming, the actor took it upon himself to buy breakfast and lunch for all the stagehands and “grunt workers” from the movie. We bet not all Hollywood stars are this great to work with!
He Stands Up to Cancer
Keanu Reeves is on the hunt to end cancer! The wealth this man generates means he is able to go above and beyond to put towards a cause very close to his heart. In the year 2008, Reeves chose to take his efforts to our television screens.
Stand Up to Cancer is a charity organization that uses it’s exposure to the entertainment industry to raise awareness. Keanu Reeves was spotted on the show, encouraging fans to call up and donate to the cause. This is how you use your celebrity status in the best way!
He Took Huge Pay Cuts
Keanu Reeves isn’t labeled the “humblest man in Hollywood” for nothing, you know! Proving once again that he always puts others before himself, stands his decision to take major pay cuts in some movie projects he got involved in.
So, why did he do it? According to sources, Keanu was happy to lose out on the earnings for movies such as The Devil’s Advocate and The Replacements to ensure the production teams could spend more money on other big actors. Now is that selfless or what?
He Always Says Thank You
With a lot of famous movie stars, after filming is complete they’re keen to make a quick exit from the set – time is money, people! Keanu Reeves is a little different from the rest, though. After filming for The Matrix Revolutions, the star stuck around to pay a special thanks.
How could Keanu make a grand gesture to say thanks to the stuntmen who worked on set for this movie? By getting them motorbikes! That’s right, the star splashed the cash by purchasing a Harley Davidson motorcycle for all the staff members.
He Contributes to Cancer Research
We’ve mentioned how Keanu Reeves loves to donate to charity, but there are more levels to his compassion. His sister’s ongoing battle has aided his involvement in cancer research. If you didn’t think you could love this man anymore, just get ready to hear this.
During his time in the spotlight, this man has done some pretty remarkable things. Reeves created a private cancer foundation to help children’s hospitals. On top of this, the star raises funds for cancer prevention research.
He Bought Ice Cream for a Fan
You hear stories all the time about celebrities who don’t have the time to greet their fans, but Keanu Reeves is not one of them. While working at the movie theater box office, one fan was in awe after Reeves approached him to buy a ticket. James Dator was a bag of nerves while serving such a big name.
Dator’s nerves meant he couldn’t even ask Reeves for his autograph. Being the good Samaritan he’s known for, Keanu could sense Dator’s shakes and ran over to buy ice cream. Reeves then reapproached the ticket man and wrote his autograph on the ice cream’s receipt. That’s what we call going above and beyond for fans.
He Doesn’t Work for Money
As we know, actor Keanu Reeves has been reveling in success for a number of years now. He’s racked up an impressive following after appearing in over 80 movies. With great success comes some pretty hefty paychecks, but Keanu doesn’t see it that way.
When you love what you do, the money doesn’t matter. Keanu isn’t spurred on by cash rewards, but positive receptions to his movies. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Keanu corrected the talk show host when he commented on how much money his movies made. In Keanu’s eyes, they merely “entertained” people.
He Drove a Stranger Home
Ever picked up a hitchhiker? Keanu Reeves has! After spotting a woman in trouble after her car broke down, a lot of people would simply ignore this and move on with their life. Being the man we know and love though, Keanu was keen to provide a helping hand.
Keanu drove a whopping 50 miles to get this distressed woman to where she needed to be. That’s 50 miles out of his way, just to help a stranger in need. All the while, this woman couldn’t help notice how much of a gentleman the movie star seemed to be. He didn’t try and hit on her once, just wanted to make sure she was taken care of!
He Gave Up Points
What are “points?” These cash rewards act almost like a tip, which an actor is paid immediatelt after the release of a big film. Who was one of the very few actors to turn down his points from The Matrix for the good of others? None other than Keanu Reeves.
We know money doesn’t interest this big-time star, but there’s a bigger reason why Keanu gave up his cash prize. The actor wanted to ensure the special effects crew and costume department had enough money to make the film at their best ability. Like we said, good films mean more to Reeves than good money!
He’s Curing Spinal Injury
If you Google the word “philanthropy” it’s likely Keanu Reeves’ face will pop up at some point in the search results. Did you know the man has even donated a large cash sum to SCORE, a charity which improves the lives of those affected by spinal injury?
Let’s talk about Sean Gios. This hockey player suffered a spinal injury during a post-season game. In tribute to the athlete, Keanu stepped into action and tried his hand as a hockey player, alongside other famous faces. The aim of the game was to raise funds for SCORE charity, to help Sean and others affected.
He Sponsored a Champion
One thing Keanu Reeves is truly passionate about, is his motorbikes. The acting legend has even launched his own high-end company for these vehicles, named Arch Motorcycles. What’s interesting, is that the actor used this business to make someone’s dreams come true.
After discovering the talent of motorcyclist Damian Jigalov, Keanu knew he had to help this boy excel. How did he do this? By sponsoring the young rider through his company! Through Reeves support, Jigalov is living the dream by competing at world record levels.
He Donates to Animals
It seems like the list of Keanu Reeves’ philanthropic duties is endless! If he’s not helping out with cancer research or spinal injury rehabilitation centers, he’s doing his bit for animals in need. That’s right, it’s not just people he wants to spend his money on.
PETA in a nutshell: this animal rights organization works to bring animals out of their exploitation for food, clothing, and so much more. Over the years, Keanu Reeves has shown his support and donated cash sums to this famous charity. Keep up the good work, Keanu!
He Laughs off Rumors
If you’re a big name in Hollywood, having rumors spread about you are simply part and parcel of the deal. While some stars choose to outwardly deny these claims, Keanu Reeves takes a slightly more lightheared approach. We wouldn’t expect anything less from him!
Gossip travels quickly in Hollywood. After a series of rumors claimed that Reeves was romantically linked to David Geffen, the John Wick actor simply responded by calmly denying the claims, but admitting to being flattered as he thought David was way out of his league!