Why Keanu Reeves Will Always Be Hollywood’s Boy Nextdoor

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We know all about his movies, but there’s much more to him than that

#1 Neo

e all loved him as Neo in The Matrix.

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#2 So Nice

And he’s a very nice guy. He gave $50 million of his $70 million earnings from THE MATRIX sequels to the VFX team and makeup staff. And he also gave each of the 12 stuntmen from the movie a Harley Davidson. Quite unheard of.

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#3 Avid Reader

In spite of his dyslexia, he’s an avid reader.

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#4 Tragedy

His father left the family, his best friend River Phoenix died in 1993, and his sister was diagnosed with leukimia. In 1999, his girlfriend, Jeniffer Syme, gave birth to a stillborn baby. A year and a half later, she died in a car accident.
Yet, when asked about the ‘sad Keanu’ memes, he said he thinks they are funny.

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#5 Not About The Money

‘Constantine’ took pay cuts on The Replacements (90%) and onThe Devil’s Advocate ($2 million) so that the producers could cast Al Pacino and Gene Hackman in each of those movies.

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#6 His Idea Of Happiness

“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,” he said in 1995.

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#7 Cool Breeze

In Hawaian, Keanu means ‘cool breeze over the mountains’. Some of his early movies credit him as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina, since his agent thought his name was ‘too exotic’.

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