There's been a lot of talk about how Hollywood is overrun with garbage men recently. But let's take a step back and focus on one of the non-garbage people for a second. We're talking about Keanu Reeves. The actor has, for a while, low-key been one of the nicest people in Hollywood. He's not running all over the place tooting his own horn about how nice he is like Hollywood's premiere Mr. Nice Guy Tom Hanks. And honestly, that's what makes Reeves even nicer. Let's take a look at some of the ways he's been so cool.
Keanu Reeves has been known to take pay cuts. Why does the actor ask to be paid less? So his costars and the film's crew can get paid more. Famously, Reeves asked to be paid $2 million less for The Devil's Advocate so that the production could afford to get Al Pacino. $2 million is quite a lot of loose change!
We have Keanu Reeves to thank for helping to make The Matrix as awesome as it is. The actor gave up part of his pay so that there could be more money for special effects and cool costumes. "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries," said Reeves. He truly is, "the One"!
When The Matrix wrapped, instead of saying, "See you never!" to the stunt crew, he gave them all Harley-Davidson motorcycles as a wrap gift. "I just wanted […] to give a bigger thank-you to all these guys who helped me make this, I think, one of the great movie fights in the history of cinema," said Reeves. That's nice AF!
One of Reeves' sisters was diagnosed with leukemia. It's gone into remission since her diagnosis, but that hasn't stopped Reeves from becoming a cancer crusader. He runs a private foundation that helps with cancer research and children's hospitals. Didn't hear about it? That's because he doesn't publicize it.
When most celebrities are spotted, they're spotted canoodling with another celebrity. But in 1997, Reeves was spotted chatting and eating with a Los Angeles homeless man. We want to use that tired phrase, "Stars, they're just like us!" But in this case, they're not. They're better than us. Even people who aren't- mega-rich don't just hang out with the homeless like that.
If you start talking to Keanu Reeves he won't give you a weird look that seems to say, "Why is this peasant talking to me?" He's totally willing to have a random conversation. As Twitter user @nettleybot recalls, "I was walking through LAX between terminals when I noticed I was step for step with someone beside me in a hallway. I looked over and it was Keanu Reeves. I said hey Keanu. He turned and smiled and said hey. Do I know you? I said no but I'm a Canadian too. Chatted for 5 mins. Nice." Nice, indeed!
Keanu Reeves loves motorcycles, which doesn't make him nice. It makes him a badass. Which in turn, makes him even nicer, because he could totally have a major biker attitude, but he doesn't. He's helped other people who love motorcycles just as much as he does. He runs a company called Arch Motorcycles which sponsored a 13-year-old Damian Jigalov.
Sad Keanu is one of our all time favorite memes. But the actor hates seeing his image Photoshopped all over the place and made fun of, right? Wrong! In a Reddit AMA, Reeves said he thought it was funny. We love him so much more now. If that's even possible.
When you're rich, you can go all out and buy yourself a pet tiger with your spare change. But at one point, Reeves didn't even have a home. The actor spent four years living in a hotel. "It was good fun, but the fun has to stop at some point. It was time to check out. Now it’s nice to have a home," said Reeves. Although, we wouldn't hold it against him if he did buy himself a tiger.
First of all, using public transit when you're a celebrity as pretty damn humble. And giving up your seat for a woman on the subway is even more humble. When Reeves noticed a woman with a big bag on a crowded train had to stand, the actor kindly offered her his seat. What a gentleman!
After Keanu Reeves starred in The Matrix, he didn't go all crazy spending his dough. His big extravagance was buying his mom a house. "I’m still pretty sparing, though. I haven’t gone nuts. I haven’t changed much of my lifestyle. No, I don’t have a jet," said Reeves of his modest lifestyle. You can't purchase a nice guy attitude. That you have to be born with.
Reeves is an avid reader. He's even read all of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. Yup, he's devoured all 1,500,000 words of it. We're not sure where found time to read all seven volumes of the 3,000 page long story, but he did. Come to think of it, we're also not sure how Proust found the time to write it.
Not only has Keanu Reeves been one of the nicest people in recent history, he's been one of the nicest people of all time. A while back, a picture of Keanu Reeves in 1530 was discovered. Okay, so it might also be a portrait of a man who lived and died centuries ago. But what if it's not? What if it's actually Keanu?