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.
He Refused To Mistreat Winona Ryder On The Set Of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'Photo: Columbia Pictures
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.
He Told An Entire Audience They Were Breathtaking After A Stranger Shouted A Compliment At HimVideo: YouTube
Reeves surprised audience members at Xbox's pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles in June 2019 to announce his role in Cyberpunk 2077. At one point during his presentation he says, "The feeling of being there, of walking the streets of the future is really going to be breathtaking."
One of the excited viewers shouts back, "You're breathtaking," to which the actor laughs nervously and stumbles before telling the fan, "You’re breathtaking. We’re all breathtaking."
He Was Misquoted As Calling Himself A 'Lonely Guy' - But Everyone Still Loves HimPhoto: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
While on the press tour for John Wick 3, Reeves sat down with The Jakarta Post and briefly touched on his dating life. Reeves described himself as "the lonely guy," but that doesn't mean he necessarily wants to be alone:
You know, I'm the lonely guy. I don't have anyone in my life. But if it does occur, I would respect and love the other person; hopefully it'll happen for me.
After this story gained traction in early June 2019, a rep of Reeves's reached out and claimed the "lonely guy" soundbite was "fabricated" and "pieced together from several interviews." The revelation didn't stop any of the love for the actor - or proposals made on Twitter.
He Gave A Profound Answer When Asked What Happens After We DieVideo: YouTube
While promoting John Wick: Chapter 3 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Keanu Reeves appropriately answered the unanswerable question of what happens after we pass on. Colbert proposed the question to which Reeves took a deep breath and said, "I know that the ones who love us will miss us."
With nothing more to say, Colbert shook the John Wick star's hand and sent him on his way.