Celebrities live a life we can’t even imagine. Even though they are just as humans as we are, they live an ostentatious life which looks super glamorous on the outside. There are hardly any celebrities who travel in public transports or meet you just like any other person or won’t make you feel any inferior of yourself. This video of Keanu Reeves defies all the conceptions we have about celebrity-life. It is everything you wouldn’t expect from a celebrity.
Reeves has worked in numerous blockbusters including The Matrix and the recent TV show, the John Wick series. Fame like this usually means an arrogant and obnoxious star but Reeves isn’t your typical celebrity. Which celebrity has ever been known to give a handsome amount of his salary to the special effects team just so they could continue work as required? Nobody except for Reeves for the Matrix films. That wasn’t the only time he’d taken a pay cut; both Al Pacino and Gene Hackman were hired on in some of his movies because he gave up millions to pay for their salaries. He literally created (and saved) jobs.
People on his film sets and outside world always seem to appreciate him for the kind of person he is. One of them said: “Since then, I’ve worked on about 30 different sets and have never met an actor as generous and friendly as him. Most actors I’ve seen and worked with are total douches who always think they are better than us. Keanu on the other hand, at the very least, was socially approachable and definitely kind-hearted.”
There was this other worker on the sets of the Chain Reaction who testified: “Back in the late 90s and fresh out of college I got my first job as an assistant prop designer on the set of Chain Reaction (Keanu was a supporting actor with Morgan Freeman). EVERY DAY for the last few weeks of filming, Keanu treated the stage hands and “grunt workers” (including myself) by taking us out for free breakfast and lunch. He was genuinely a very nice guy to work with.”
One of the workers also reported: “That was one example (that involved me directly), but (on the same set), I remember him going out of his way to give my friend a ride to the repair shop to pick up his car… I’ll write more as I remember, but it’s been a while.”
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His benevolence is well known and this report of his giveaway to a builder in need further reinforces this trait he possess. “A family friend builds movie sets, doesn’t design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for the Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I’ve never heard anyone say Keanu is douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience.”
Then, you wouldn’t expect a celebrity to give you a lift let alone change their course if you are in need. But then, Reeves isn’t your typical celebrity! This friend of a friend whom Reeves helped out has a story to share: “A friend of mine told me that she was once stranded on the side of a highway outside LA when her jalopy broke down. She had no cell phone (that was before most people had cell phones) and no way to call for help. Then a nice black Porsche pulls over and as you can guess, it was Keanu. He tried to help her jump start the car and when it didn’t work, he called AAA for her. When they towed her car, he offered her to drive her home, which she accepted. He drove about 50 miles out of his destination just to drive her home. She told me she hoped he would hit on her but he didn’t, he was just a gentleman, dropped her at her house, gave her his phone number and told her to call him if she needed further help.”
Another report said: “So my neighbor was out camping and met Keanu Reeves who was also camping (I guess he likes dogs because he came up and said ‘I love these dogs!’ about her rottweiler) and she said she thought she was crazy for a minute because no one else knew he was there and it turns out Keanu was just there chilling with a one-man tent and a cooler and his little Dodge car and every time someone looked at him he’d just turn his face away and it’s kind of just solidified in my mind that Keanu Reeves is a cryptid.”
The Matrix seems pretty close to Reeves considering how we went out of the way for its special effects team: “I had a few friends working special effects jobs on the Matrix movies, he bought all of them f*cking HARLEYS for Christmas during the shoot for the second one.”
“One of those guys, Paul, said that Keanu was the most sincere, humble and lovely dude he’d ever met. Said he eschewed contact with the cast in favour of hanging out with the crew, was the only guy the martial arts coaches respected out of the whole cast, and was the bravest man he’s ever met. That scene in the first Matrix film, the assault on the office tower lobby – Keanu turned down earplugs for all the charges blowing everywhere taking ‘bullet holes’ out of pillars, walls etc., just for authenticity. When he turns and hides behind a pillar which explodes with bullets hitting it on both sides, Paul said ‘the entire crew was about 15 metres away, with ear protection, and all flinching anyway when the charges blew – Keanu just took it like a complete badass.”
One other person had to say this about Reeves: “My brother works at a coffee shop in New York, it’s got pretty alright coffee but the real draw is that they roast their own beans and all the beans are sucked through pneumatic tubes into a machine that grinds and brews all at once. It’s a bunch of bells and whistles, and doesn’t necessarily make for the best coffee ever. Anyway, Keanu comes into the store and orders a coffee, asks my brother how the whole system works and immediately after he finishes, he pauses, looks surprised and says ‘Whoa.’ It was perfect. And it seemed like he was actually interested and impressed by the fancy nature of the coffee shop.”
One of the most famous stories surrounding Keanu Reeves took place back in 1997, when he was spotted hanging out with a homeless person. Apparently, he was just minding his own business on the streets of Hollywood and chanced upon this man. He then shared some drinks, snacks, and listened to the man’s stories, even lying down on his back, clearly interested in what the man had to say. All of this might have gone unrecorded had some paparazzi not stopped by and noticed the two deep in conversation.
Apparently, there was a rumor going around that he was romantically involved with David Geffen. His response? “For a while people were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married. That just blew me away. Not because they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot.” Love him!
Then, his humility was at display yet again when he had to wait 20 minutes in a line to get into his own party – the wrap party for Daughter of God. He waited simply because he did not want to make a scene! Reeves is an ideal man and a benevolent person.
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