Proof That Keanu Reeves Is The Nicest Guy In Hollywood

Proof That Keanu Reeves Is The Nicest Guy In Hollywood

It’s easy to see Keanu Reeves and think of him as the dimwitted, tubular dude from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or the chill, wannabe surfer from Point Break. But forget what you think you know about the Canadian actor; the following stories prove that he’s super thoughtful. Those who’ve worked with him insist he’s one of the nicest celebs to encounter.

The star of The Matrix hasn’t let fame and fortune get to his head, either; he doesn’t crave attention. Reeves has been in the industry for three decades, but fans really don’t know much about his personal life. He has managed to stay out of the tabloids and off social media in an era when many celebrities have no clue how to maintain distance between their public career and their private affairs. Because of his discretion, Reeves’s kind acts are even more heartwarming.

If you haven’t heard these legendary tales about Keanu Reeves and need further proof that he’s one of the most helpful fellows in Hollywood, read on and prepare to be impressed by the actor’s generosity and kindhearted nature. Reeves is more than just one of the world’s biggest movies star, he’s a down-to-earth guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously.

He Really Seems To Like Helping Others

 

He Really Seems To Like Helping Others
A lot of people work on movie sets, and not all of them are actors. Depending on their job, they may not make a lot of money. According to Redditor /u/kahi, Keanu Reeves heard about one such worker and offered assistance:

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 peoples 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.

He Befriended Strangers At A Gas Station

He Befriended Strangers At A Gas Station
In 2013, Keanu Reeves revealed that, soon after moving to Los Angeles, he met a few strangers at a gas station and joined their street hockey game. Over the next decade, Reeves would become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but that didn’t stop him from playing street hockey with those guys. He explained on Reddit:

For a long time in Los Angeles when I first moved there, when I was 20 years old, it was such a new world and so I saw some guys at a gas station once who had hockey equipment in their car, and I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were playing street hockey, so I asked them if I could play. So I became involved in a street hockey game that took place every weekend for over 10 years, every weekend, red versus black. We would take holidays off and sometimes summers, but the game was going on for over 10 years. That was cool to be a part of. It was a cool thing to have happen. Made some friends.

He Befriended Fellow Travelers When Their Plane Made An Emergency Landing

He Befriended Fellow Travelers When Their Plane Made An Emergency Landing
Keanu Reeves made the best of a bad situation when a United flight from San Francisco to Burbank, CA, had to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield. Reeves and his fellow passengers gathered in a van and drove the remaining two hours to Los Angeles. During the impromptu road trip, Reeves recited facts about the desolate farm town they landed in and played country music from the ’50s that originated in Bakersfield purely for the sake of educational entertainment.

Reeves took charge and made the trip efficient and fun for everyone involved. He managed to turn what could have been a frightening flight and miserable drive into a night none of his fellow passengers are likely to forget.

He Engaged With An Eager Young Fan At The Airport

He Engaged With An Eager Young Fan At The Airport


Twitter user Andrew Kimmel delighted Keanu fans in 2022 when he shared a story of his run-in with the actor in an airport. According to Kimmel, Reeves was being persistently questioned by an eager young fan:

Keanu Reeves was on my flight from London to NYC today. A young boy asked for an autograph at baggage & then began to fire off a series of rapid-fire questions. Keanu happily responded to every single one…

Kid: Why were you in London?

KR: Filming a documentary.

Kid: I saw online you were at the Grand Prix (pronouncing the x).

KR: Yes, the Grand Prix (in a French accent, without correcting him). F1! Race cars!

Kid: Do you drive?

KR: Not F1, but I like riding motorcycles.

Kid: Do you live in NY?

KR: I live in LA.

Kid: How long are you gonna be in New York?

KR: Four days! No… five. Five days!

Kid: Why are you in NY?

KR: Gonna see a broadway show!

Kid: What broadway show?

KR: American Buffalo! Mamet!

Kid: Where are you staying in NY?

KR: Midtown!

By this time the kid was running out of questions, so Keanu started grilling him… Why were you in Europe? What galleries did you go to in Paris? What was your favorite?

The man could not have been nicer, especially after an international flight. I thought I’d share this because the dude is a class act and little moments like this can make such a big difference in people’s lives. We need more Keanus!

He Was There For His Sister When She Was Diagnosed With Leukemia

He Was There For His Sister When She Was Diagnosed With Leukemia

Keanu Reeves’s sister was diagnosed with leukemia around 1991, according to Snopes. A 1999 Women’s Day (Australia) article noted the actor “lovingly supported” his sister as she battled cancer. He even took her on a vacation to Tahiti.

In 2009, Reeves revealed he had a charitable foundation that aided children’s hospitals and cancer research.

“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research,” he told Ladies’ Home Journal. “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

He Is The King Of Kind Gestures

He Is The King Of Kind Gestures
It seems everyone who interacts with Keanu Reeves knows the actor is just a cool guy who likes to do nice things for people. Redditor /u/bo2dd2 claimed to have experienced that firsthand:

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.

Since then, I’ve worked on about 30 different sets and have never met an actor as generous and friendly as him.

He’s A True Gentleman

He's A True Gentleman
Despite being worth millions of dollars, Keanu Reeves still takes the subway. Not only does he use public transportation, he is willing to give up his seat. In a video taken by a fellow rider, the actor stands

He Doesn’t Throw His Name Around, Even When He Should

He Doesn't Throw His Name Around, Even When He Should

In December 2014, Keanu Reeves arrived at the wrap party of his movie Exposed (the film’s original title was Daughter of God), but the bouncer did not recognize the star. Instead of making a scene, Reeves patiently got in line to wait in the rain outside the New York City club that hosted the party.

“Keanu was really patiently waiting,” chauffeur Ronny Sunshine told Page Six. “I don’t think he said anything to the bouncer, like, ‘I’m Keanu.’ No one recognized him.”

The chauffeur added: “Keanu looks very ordinary. It was raining, but he just waited for his two friends to come. He didn’t act like he had money. I just thought he was a rock ’n’ roller.”

He Refused To Mistreat Winona Ryder On The Set Of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’

He Refused To Mistreat Winona Ryder On The Set Of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'
In a profile by the Sunday Times, Winona Ryder reflected on filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992 with director Francis Ford Coppola, and co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves. Apparently, Coppola urged the actors to be verbally harmful toward Ryder to elicit an emotional reaction. According to Ryder, however, Reeves and Hopkins refused.

Ryder recalled the scene in which she and Dracula (Gary Oldman) are lying on a bed together:

I’m supposed to be crying. Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu… Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t… the more it happened, I was like… It just didn’t work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.

Ryder prefaced that she and Coppola have mended their relationship, and she and Reeves have maintained a close friendship for many years.

e Bought Harley-Davidson Motorcycles For His Stuntmen

He Bought Harley-Davidson Motorcycles For His Stuntmen

 

Actors may get all the glory, but stuntmen take all the risks, and Keanu Reeves recognizes that. Reeves bought Harley-Davidson motorcycles for 12 stuntmen who filmed the defining fight scene of The Matrix Reloaded with him. He was impressed by the group’s work ethic and wanted to show his appreciation.

“We were all in this thing, and we were training together beforehand,” Reeves said. “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.”

 

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