Keanu Reeves is being lauded as one of Hollywood’s most generous actors. The actor allegedly gave 70% of his earnings from the first Matrix film to cancer research.
According to the New York Post, Keanu payments were a total of $10 million for the 1999 film The Matrix, before being supplemented with additional revenues of $35 million when the film proved to be a big hit. According to Lad Bible, Keanu contributed 70% of his money to leukaemia research.
The alleged contribution came at a time when Keanu’s younger sister Kim had been battling illness for several years.
Keanu’s admirers began responding to the news as soon as it became public. ‘Love Keanu,’ one guy wrote on Twitter. What an inspiration.” ‘Keanu is unlike anybody else,’ commented another. What a wonderful man he was. ‘ ‘As a family that has been fighting breast cancer for 5 years now,’ another said. Thank you very much, Keanu Reeves! You are one of my favourite actors of all time.’
Kim, Keanu’s sister, was diagnosed with blood cancer in 1991.
Keanu even established a charitable organisation to assist cancer patients, which he announced in 2009. Last year, he auctioned off a Zoom date with himself and gave the proceeds to an Idaho summer camp for youngsters facing cancer.
Keanu initially appeared in The Matrix film in 1999, playing the role of Neo. In 2003, he returned with the sequel to The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and the third instalment of the trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions.
After an 18-year hiatus, Keanu resurrected his character as Neo in The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth instalment of the trilogy. The film, which also stars Priyanka Chopra, is scheduled to be released in December 2021.