It’s easy to see Keanu Reeves and think of him as the dimwitted, tubular dude from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or the chill, wannabe surfer from Point Break. But forget what you think you know about the Canadian actor; the following stories prove that he's super thoughtful. Those who've worked with him insist that he's one of the nicest celebs to encounter.
Fame and fortune have not gone to The Matrix star’s head, either; he doesn't crave attention. Reeves has been in the industry for three decades but fans really don’t know much about his personal life. He has managed to stay out of the tabloids and off of social media in an era when celebrities have no clue how to maintain distance between their public career and their private affairs. Because of his discretion, Reaves's kind acts are even more heartwarming.
If you haven’t heard these legendary tales about Keanu Reaves and need further proof that he's one of the most helpful fellows in Hollywood, read on and be ready to be impressed by the actor’s generosity and kind-hearted nature. Reaves is more than just one of the world’s biggest movies star, he’s a down to earth guy who doesn't take himself too seriously.
He's Very Generous With His Money
Keanu Reeves doesn't seem to really care about personal wealth. It's not unusual for actors to buy gifts for crew members when a project wraps but Reeves went way above and beyond that norm. Following the success of The Matrix Trilogy, the actor reportedly gave away around $80 million to members of the makeup and special effects crew.
He earned about $114 million so he parted ways with over half of his profit.
He'll Do What It Takes To Make A Movie Great
In the late 1990s, Keanu Reeves was one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood but he never seemed to let vanity get in the way of a project. Reeves reportedly took pay cuts for the 1997 movie The Devil's Advocate and 2000's The Replacements in order to bring on veteran screen actors Al Pacino and Gene Hackman.
He was willing to reduce his paycheck so that those phenomenal actors could make the respective works even better.
He Likes To Keep Things Simple
Although it's not entirely verified, many websites quote Keanu Reeves's net worth at about $360 million. Despite his wealth, Reeves appears to maintain humble. During a Reddit interview in 2013, the actor said, "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 Just Really Likes To Help Others
There are a lot of people who work on movie sets and not all of them are actors. If those employees aren't in a union, they may not make a lot of money. One Redditor alleged that Keanu Reeves heard about one such worker and offered assistance, saying that:
A family friend builds movie sets, doesn't design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for The Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. [Reeves] also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as if they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set.