Proof That Keanu Reeves Is The Nicest Guy In Hollywood

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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 he's one of the nicest celebs to encounter.

The star of The Matrix hasn't let fame and fortune get to his 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 social media in an era when many celebrities have no clue how to maintain distance between their public career and their private affairs. Because of his discretion, Reeves's kind acts are even more heartwarming.

If you haven’t heard these legendary tales about Keanu Reeves and need further proof that he's one of the most helpful fellows in Hollywood, read on and prepare to be impressed by the actor’s generosity and kindhearted nature. Reeves 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.

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    He Refused To Mistreat Winona Ryder On The Set Of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'

    In a profile by the Sunday Times, Winona Ryder reflected on filming Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992 with director Francis Ford Coppola, and co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves. Apparently, Coppola urged the actors to be verbally harmful toward Ryder to elicit an emotional reaction. According to Ryder, however, Reeves and Hopkins refused. 

    Ryder recalled the scene in which she and Dracula (Gary Oldman) are lying on a bed together: 

    I'm supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu... Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn't, Anthony wouldn't... the more it happened, I was like... It just didn't work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.

    Ryder prefaced that she and Coppola have mended their relationship, and she and Reeves have maintained a close friendship for many years. 

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    He Bought Harley-Davidson Motorcycles For His Stuntmen

    Actors may get all the glory, but stuntmen take all the risks, and Keanu Reeves recognizes that. Reeves bought Harley-Davidson motorcycles for 12 stuntmen who filmed the defining fight scene of The Matrix Reloaded with him. He was impressed by the group's work ethic and wanted to show his appreciation.

    "We were all in this thing, and we were training together beforehand," Reeves said. "I just wanted... to give a bigger thank-you to all these guys who helped me make this, I think, one of the great movie fights in the history of cinema."

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    He Befriended Strangers At A Gas Station

    In 2013, Keanu Reeves revealed that, soon after moving to Los Angeles, he met a few strangers at a gas station and joined their street hockey game. Over the next decade, Reeves would become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but that didn't stop him from playing street hockey with those guys. He explained on Reddit:

    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. So I became involved in a street hockey game that took place every weekend for over 10 years, every weekend, red versus black. We would take holidays off and sometimes summers, but the game was going on for over 10 years. That was cool to be a part of. It was a cool thing to have happen. Made some friends.

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    He Befriended Fellow Travelers When Their Plane Made An Emergency Landing

    Keanu Reeves made the best of a bad situation when a United flight from San Francisco to Burbank, CA, had to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield. Reeves and his fellow passengers gathered in a van and drove the remaining two hours to Los Angeles. During the impromptu road trip, Reeves recited facts about the desolate farm town they landed in and played country music from the '50s that originated in Bakersfield purely for the sake of educational entertainment. 

    Reeves took charge and made the trip efficient and fun for everyone involved. He managed to turn what could have been a frightening flight and miserable drive into a night none of his fellow passengers are likely to forget.