Keanu Reeves and kindness that doesn’t need ostentation

Keanu Reeves is one of the most loved and respected actors in Hollywood. Some of his roles leave a mark in the history of cinema, and his personality is no less colorful than them. He turned 57 yesterday.

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Although a Canadian citizen, Reeves is of mixed ancestry: English (on his mother’s side), Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese and Irish (on his father’s side), and his name means “cool breeze over the mountain” in Hawaiian. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where his parents met. He and his sisters grew up with Chinese art and English manners, which Keanu continues to follow to this day.

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His childhood dream is to become a hockey player, but it is shattered after a serious accident. Thus, acting becomes his new desired path and he sets out on it without suspecting what awaits him.

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He started with small supporting roles as a teenager and gradually as he matured each subsequent character became more different and complex. He broke into the industry in 1994 with the film “Speed”. He also became famous enough to choose his own roles. Thus, he managed to surprise everyone when he refused to act in “Speed ​​2” and was blacklisted by FOX for ten years.

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He does not refuse minor roles as long as he likes them and openly supports experimental and unusual films. Among them are The Devil’s Advocate (with Al Pacino)

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As well as the world famous phenomenon “The Matrix” (1999).

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He always puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Appreciate art for what it is, not for its material value. Sam offers to take a cut of his pay for The Devil’s Advocate so the studio can afford to pay Al Pacino. Keanu does the same for The Matrix sequels, but instead of another actor, the money goes to the budget for costumes and additional special effects. In 2019, he even agreed to play a slightly exaggerated version of himself in the film “Always Be My Maybe”. His sense of self-deprecation and humor make the scenes with him some of the best moments in the entire film. Other famous titles from his filmography are: “Critical Point” (1991), “47 Ronins” (2011), the trilogy “John Wick” (2014-2019) and others.

Most of the characters he takes on require certain skills such as martial arts, long and high jumping, and many others. Keanu is one of those actors who prefers to do his own stunts and he really respects the work of stuntmen. When filming the scene in “John Wick 3” where he has to fight two experienced assassins (stuntmen), Reeves insisted that the characters not be the next ones killed.

However, his stunts are not only on screen. The Matrix star has had more than one accident with his bike, or as he casually puts it, “I’ve fallen off my bike a few times.” One of them occurs as a result of “demon driving” (driving without headlights on in a section without lights). Then he crashes his bike into a rock, breaking ribs and rupturing his spleen, which puts him in hospital for a week. However, the actor loves bikes so much that he created his own brand.


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Unlike many other celebrities, Keanu Reeves doesn’t reveal much about his personal life. He has no social networks and prefers to enjoy the moment. He is described as a person who believes in many things such as God, fate, personality. Although he did not preach Buddhism, he left his mark on his views on the world, especially after filming “Little Buddha” (1993). In an interview in 2019, he was asked what happens after death. Keanu sighs and replies softly, “I know we will be missed by those who love us.”

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His life is not easy. He was abandoned by his father as a child and grew up with three different fathers, and his sister became ill with leukemia. In 1998, he began a relationship with Jennifer Sime, who became pregnant. Unfortunately, in 1999 the child was stillborn, and in 2001 the mother followed by dying in a car accident. At the time, Keanu had to film the sequel to “The Matrix”, but decided to give himself “peace and time”. His best friend River Phoenix dies of an overdose.

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After such blows, it is difficult for a person to move forward and with good, but he manages to surface and continues to do good for others, whether he gives up his seat on the subway, cheers up passengers from a forced landing of an airplane or keeps homeless people company. In 2010, he even celebrated his birthday not with a lavish party with lots of people, champagne and cake, but with just a muffin with a candle from a nearby bakery and spent the day getting coffee from every passing person who spoke to him. Most recently, an unknown couple at his hotel spontaneously invited him to their wedding, and he accepted without hesitation.

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There are few good people in the world, and even fewer in Hollywood. With age, appearance and outlook may change, but kindness remains. Keanu Reeves does not seek media attention for his deeds, nor does he boast of charity. The only cause he has is to make the lives of the people he meets better even if he is only able to spare a few minutes. According to him, this is much more important than any amount of money.

“Money is the last thing on my mind. I can live with what I have achieved for a few more centuries.”

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