It’s easy to assume that people in the spotlight are all greedy, power-hungry individuals who claw their way to the top. Many actors have bad reputations, whether that be for their general rudeness or specific diatribes that have been circulated.
But some actors aren’t so bad. In fact, some are really rather good, kind people — but you don’t generally make headlines for being generous and keeping quiet about it.
Over the years, though, multiple sources have come forward to praise Keanu Reeves. It seems that he’s something of a knight in shining armor.
Many people who participate in random acts of kindness do so rather craftily, by reserving their benevolence for those they know will one day be of use to them and perhaps return the favor.
But according to one redditor, Reeves makes a point to help out those who can’t help themselves.
“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),” bo2dd2 wrote on Reddit.
“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. Most actors I’ve seen and worked with are total d——- who always think they are better than us. Keanu on the other hand, at the very least, was socially approachable and definitely kindhearted.”
Having seen cancer up close and personal when his sister battled Leukemia, Reeves knows how draining the disease and the treatment can be. According to Snopes, in 2009 he told Ladies’ Home Journal that he’s been doing his part to fund research and help children fight cancer.
“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 said.
“I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”
According to the Daily Mail, Reeves has even shared around $100 million with just the special effect and costume teams that worked on The Matrix trilogy.
Others on Reddit chimed in with their own experiences, citing times Reeves gave rides to people with car troubles and gifted large bonuses to people who had fallen on tough times.
Not everyone has the means to give like Keanu Reeves does, but not everyone who has the means has the heart, either.
By these accounts, this man is not only a famous actor, but he’s kind, humble, and generous: The world could use more people like him.
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