There really doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by where Keanu Reeves isn’t heralded as a total gem. The John Wick star is notorious for his good behavior and legendary stories. He’s bought extravagant gifts for his colleagues, he’s donated much of his massive net worth to charity, and he’s utterly approachable. Now with The Matrix Resurrexctions coming to theaters and HBO Mac on December 22, even more people are sharing their Keanu stories.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, even his Matrix Resurrections co-star, Carrie-Anne Moss, stated that the rumors about his kindness are true. Although she commented on his incredible ability to “listen”. Of course, Carrie-Anne is far from the only celebrity who has spoken to the type of man Keanu really is. While speaking to Graham Norton, Octavia Spencer also praised Keanu as has his kind-of-sort-of wife, Winona Ryder. But as interesting as it is to hear what celebrities think, it’s far more heartwarming to learn about Keanu’s fan interactions. After all, they tend to reveal more about the quality of character that this man has. Let’s take a look…
Keanu Reeves Makes Time To Talk To And Get To Know His Fans
After The Guardian called on fans to submit their Keanu stories in 2019, the publication was swarmed with contributions. All of them detailed just how cool of a guy Keanu really is. Of course, being cool is something we expect from the actor behind John Wick and Neo. But behind the cool facade isn’t fakery… just authenticity. There are several stories of Keanu connecting with complete strangers on the street and in bars.https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuBy3OomwHc
“I was almost at my apartment building in NYC, and Keanu was walking toward me. I look at him and it registered who he was, he smiled, gave a little wave, and said, ‘Hey, how are you?’ It was a quick moment of connection, but I’ve never forgotten it,” One Twitter user said to The Guardian in 2019.
A bartender added that he thought Keanu was one of the “nicest people” he’s ever met. “We talked guitars, motorcycles, and scotch for about 30 minutes,” the bartender said.
There were also countless stories of how easygoing and friendly Keanu is with servers and the people who work the events that honor him. Unlike a lot of celebrities who shun the rest of the world out, Keanu seems to actively want to let them in. Even in times of stress, like when his flirt from San Fran to L.A. was forced to land early, Keanu chatted up his fellow passengers instead of doing everything he could to avoid further stress of travel and escape privately. He actually ended up helping many of them get home and entertained them during the van ride. Of course, he also posed for photos, something his fans say he’s always willing to do.
Keanu Reeves’ Random Acts Of Kindness
We live in a world where we could use a lot more random acts of kindness. While a lot of good things are done by those seeking attention, there’s something so much more meaningful when these moments of generosity happen spontaneously and without much forethought. Keanu has been involved in a number of these instances. They include hanging out with a homeless man in 1997. Instead of just handing him some money and carrying on, Keanu actually sat down next to the guy and shared some food and a drink with him. The moment was only caught on camera after a pair of paparazzi drove by.
Then there are the little things, like Keanu’s highly publicized moment when he gave up his seat on the subway for an older woman. The moment was captured sneakily by a fan who couldn’t believe the A-list actor took the subway in New York instead of having a personal driver.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the nice things Keanu has done for complete strangers. While all the extravagant gifts he’s given to his colleagues as well as him taking pay cuts for projects to get made are all impressive stories, they pale in comparison to the day-to-day kindness Keanu shows his fans and people who don’t even know who he is. There’s no doubt that the way that Keanu moves through this complicated and messy world is something we can all learn from and should try to emulate.