Hollywood’s nicest man, Keanu Reeves is back in the news for not only his latest Matrix Resurrection movies but also his philanthropic generosity to a good cause.
So much for the Hollywood stereotype that nice guys finish last – Keanu Reeves has revealed he made a big sacrifice so he could pass on all of his hard-earned money to cancer research. The Canadian-born star, who became a heartthrob after appearing in hit movies from the Bill and Ted franchise to Speed, has disclosed he refused to take a paycheque for starring as Neo in 1999’s The Matrix. Instead, she donated all his earnings from the film – which went on to become one of the most successful franchises in history and gave birth to two big-screen sequels and two spin-offs in 2003 and 2009 respectively – to cancer research.
It was an unprecedented act of generosity on behalf of Reeves whose altruism is even more remarkable coming at a time when he was at his prime thanks to hits like Point Break (1991), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Dracula (1992).
Keanu Reeves, who recently played the lead role in John Wick: Chapter 2 which continues to attract action audiences, also reunited with The Matrix co-star Carrie-Anne Moss during a three-part story arc that resumes his role from many years earlier and places it into a world of possible chaos. Since then, the film series has continued to attract millions at the box office, with fans flocking to theaters since its release late last year.
Reports state that he donated 70% of his $45 million salaries to leukemia research.
While the star had a personal connection with the cause, as he had watched his younger sister battle cancer. His sister began treatment in 1991 and was finally able to have some time in remission in 2001. Reeves set up his own non-profit foundation which supported children’s hospitals and cancer research