Not only is he an incredible actor, but Keanu Reeves might be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.
His incredible life has been filled with success and tragedy, but he has always remained a genuinely good person. Here are 23 reasons we love Keanu Reeves.
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1. He loves to read, and write.
Despite having dyslexia, Keanu loves books and is a voracious reader. He even wrote a book titled "Ode to Happiness," which was illustrated by Los-Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant.
2. He’s not too concerned with how much he earns.
He took pay cuts on The Replacements (90%) and The Devil’s Advocate ($2 million) so that Gene Hackman and Al Pacino could be cast in each film.
3. He knows life can be tough.
While he plays a confident and awesome hero in many movies, most people don’t know that his personal life is full of tragedy.
His best friend, River Pheonix, died in 1993, and his sister was diagnosed with leukaemia. He spent years and $5 million on her treatment.
4. He's got a really cool first name.
His first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian.
5. But some didn't think his name was that cool.
Early in his career, his agent thought his name was too exotic. He has been credited in some films as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina.
6. He is very generous.
Keanu Reeves gave $50 million of his $70 million earnings from The Matrix sequels to the special effects and makeup staff, saying “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.” On top of that, Keanu gave each member of The Matrix's 12-strong stuntman team a Harley Davidson motorbike as a gift. Just because he's a good guy.
7. He knows how to live well.
When asked in 1995 about his idea of happiness, he replied: “Lying in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, a beautiful repast with friends, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life. I like being in the desert, in nature, being in extraordinary spaces in nature, high in a tree or in the dirt, hanging out with my family, my sisters.”
8. He’s dedicated to his job.
He learned over 200 martial arts moves for The Matrix Reloaded. He also reportedly still has the original coat from The Matrix.
9. He believes he saw a ghost as a child.
When asked about the encounter, he said “I remember just staring at this suit which had no body or legs in it as it came into the room before disappearing. It was a double-breasted suit in white and I looked at my nanny, who was just as shocked as me. I just couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards."
10. He has a sense of humor about himself.
When asked about the Sad Keanu meme, he said: “My first experience with [memes] was Sad Keanu, and I thought it was funny!”
11. He borrowed from the greats.
He borrowed one of Bruce Lee’s signature moves, rubbing his nose with a thumb and forefinger, for The Matrix.
12. He was a rambunctious kid.
While living in Toronto, Reeves attended four high schools in a span of five years and even got expelled once. On the expulsion, Reeves said: "I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess.”
13. He was good at hockey.
In high school, Reeves was never into academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey. As team goalie, he earned the nickname "The Wall".
14. And he really enjoyed playing the game.
He played an on-and-off again hockey game that lasted 10 years with strangers he happened to meet on the street one day.
15. He loves to play music.
In 1991, Reeves began playing bass guitar for the grunge band Dogstar. The band is no longer together, however, music has remained a huge part of his life. In 1995 Dogstar opened for Bon Jovi in Australia and in 1999 the band even played at the famed Glastonbury music festival.
16. He prefers the hotel life.
During his initial rise to stardom, Reeves preferred to live in rental houses and hotels. He was a long-term resident of the Chateau Marmont. Around 2003, he bought his first house in the Hollywood Hills. He has since purchased an apartment in Manhattan on Central Park West.
17. He chose 'Hamlet' over 'Heat'.
Keanu was initially offered the role that eventually went to Val Kilmer in the movie 'Heat', instead opting to play Hamlet at a 789 seat theatre in Manitoba.
18. He puts in work for his roles.
To prepare for his role in The Devil’s Advocate, Keanu spent time hanging out with defence attorneys in New York.
19. And has even performed his own (scary) stunts.
Remember that scene in The Matrix where Neo climbs out of the office window while on the phone with Morpheus? Keanu performed this scene himself, 34 stories up.
20. He cares about the quality of his work.
He initially turned down the lead in Speed as he found the original script to be too much like a Die Hard clone. He signed on after Joss Whedon was brought in to retool the script.
21. He's got some cool guitars.
One of his bass guitars, a yellow fender, was used by Kim Gordon in Sonic Youth’s video for “100%”.
22. He doesn't take crap from agents.
He hand delivered the film treatment for My Own Private Idaho to co-star River Phoenix in 1990, after River’s agent refused to show it to him. Keanu did this by riding his motorcycle from Canada to Gainesville, Florida.
23. He's humble about his looks.
Once even saying “I am not handsome or sexy”.
24. He may be immortal?
His fans have even set-up website dedicated to the theory.
But we're not convinced... yet.