Keanu Reeves Is Incredibly Well ReadVideo: YouTube
In an interview with Details Magazine, it was revealed that Keanu has read all of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. ALL of it. (Just for context, the work is 1,500,000 words long and about 7 volumes. It's most famously known to be about 3,000 pages long.)
And when he did read this, he would read other things in between, like an insane amount of books. He's been described as "one of the most voracious readers" by Scott Derrickson, director of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
In this Details interview, they were instructed to follow him to somewhere he loved. He chose a book store.
He also recited Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 from memory.
And while casting was still going on for a film that is known as one of the greatest action movies of all time (Michael Mann's "Heat"), he turned down the role that was ultimately played by Al Pacino in order to star as Hamlet in a stage production that he had agreed to do in Canada.
Keanu Reeves Hangs Out With Homeless PeoplePhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
There are over 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles county, making homelessness in general a huge problem. Most give them some change, and many ignore them, or even treat them like subhumans. But most people aren't Keanu Reeves.
In September of 1997, Keanu Reeves, who now has millions of dollars, decided to spend a West Hollywood morning with a homeless man, talking, sharing with, and treating him as an equal. Not recoiling in disgust at the man's belongings is one thing, but sharing, conversing and really spending some time sitting down with the less fortunate isn't something that people usually do while in the United States and not part of a program.
Most celebrities will travel the world to do this, or wait until a charity they're working for is sponsoring an event of some kind. Keanu simply lives what he believes and doesn't need any of this in order to be giving, kind, and just generally awesome.
Keanu Reeves's Generosity Has Inspired Even The Most Unexpected Fans To GivePhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Keanu Reeves is so great that his very existence inspired 4Chan, a web community who has had people commit suicide with their coaxing, and has cyber-bullied countless underaged girls, to give money for cancer research.
After the Sad Keanu meme rose to fame in 2010, people had a weird conception that Keanu, for some reason, was sad, and not as full of life as he used to be.
Probably because of the original image (above), or probably because of some of the tragic details of his life. Either way, 4Chan got together, and the internet followed suit since the meme was so rampant/popular, and decided that a day in July of 2010 was going to be "Cheer Up Keanu Reeves Day".
A Facebook group was created for the event and the following was decided by the admins/community:
On June 15th, we plan on sending letters, emails, gifts, and any other niceties and kind words to a real bro, Keanu Reeves…
In case you don’t know, Keanu’s sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia many years ago. If you want to make a more significant gift, consider donating to a cancer research charity in the name of Cheer Up Keanu Day. I’m sure a letter or email informing Keanu of this action would really make his day.
So Keanu Reeves not only does more good than almost any celebrity out there, but he's actually less high and mighty about it and therefore more inspiring than any celebrity has been or could ever be.
Keanu Reeves is an amazing human being. Despite having led a pretty hard life filled with a lot of tragedy, he's managed to not only be one of the most giving celebrities of all time, but a truly great human being that, by example, is teaching us all that we should "be excellent to each other." So, from donating millions of dollars to the crews of his films, to having breakfast with the homeless, to being seemingly immortal, here are the greatest Keanu Reeves stories ever told.