Keanu Reeves has been a Hollywood star for over three decades, but his personal life has been largely a mystery – and tragedy
He is one of the richest actors in Hollywood, having appeared in a sequence of the most famous films of all time.
However, the private life of Keanu Reeves is one of the greatest mysteries.
Despite being a trusted list member for more than three decades, his films grossing more than $ 3 billion over the years, Reeves is a master at keeping his cards close to his chest.
He is not exactly hidden. He gives interviews to promote his latest box office blockbusters, is not entirely absent from talk shows, and he does not nullify his red carpet obligations.
In fact, he is always fully present during his media meetings. Kind, considerate and respectful.
But somehow, he manages to avoid any chance of letting the public in.
From time to time, however, he puts an ace on the table and peels another layer of his complex nature.
Apparently out of nowhere, and at 54 years old, Reeves was embraced by the masses in a way that we have not seen throughout his career.
A Change.org petition is gaining momentum (currently more than 40,000 signatures) for Reeves to be named Team Personality of the Year in 2019, with the actor described as the "Internet boyfriend" and "the healthiest person alive" – something that he was shocked to be informed.
"This is crazy," he told People TV.
"It's really special how John Wick was hugged and working on Always Be My Maybe, great, you know."
An answer that shows that he feels uncomfortable with attention, but feels humiliated in the same way.
Reeves has two great movies that were released this year – John Wick: Chapter 3 and Toy Story 4; his high-profile releases illuminating his troubled background story, with many dubious fans wondering how he managed to remain one of Hollywood's humbler faces.
Proof of his realistic nature is a viral snapshot taken in 2010 that showed Reeves sitting alone on a New York bench eating a sandwich. This is a guy who is said to be worth $ 360 million ($ 550 million).
The photo, in which Reeves saw the mood, sparked an internet meme dubbed "Sad Keanu."
While all this has been a big joke in the cyberspace world, there are actually some tragic reasons why Reeves is a recluse, never having married or having children.
In 1999, Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to his daughter Ava, who was born dead. The couple met a year earlier at a party and fell in love instantly.
But the stillborn took a toll on their relationship, the couple decided to separate several weeks later.
That was around the time The Matrix was released, which, as we know, has become a colossal critical and commercial success and is available for broadcast by Foxtel.
Two years after her breakup, Syme was leaving a party at Marilyn Manson's Los Angeles home when she crashed into two parked cars, rolled her vehicle and was thrown out of the car, killing her.
Reports alleged that she was being treated for depression at the time, with police finding two prescription drugs in her car.
Reeves was scheduled to begin filming consecutive Matrix sequels, but was forced to take time off after hearing the overwhelming news of the soul. At the same time, her sister, Kim, was diagnosed with cancer.
He has not been publicly linked to a woman since Syme's death, nor has he spoken directly about the tragedy.
John Wick's movie fans will see a parallel between his killer character and his real-life experience, with John Wick also mourning the lost love.
"With any character, the way I think about it is that you have the role on the page, you have the vision of the director and your life experience," Reeves told The Guardian, adding that he brought his own experience with difficulties to the paper.
"Oh yes, I thought it was one of the foundations of John Wick's role. I love his pain.
"For character and for life, it's about the love of the person you are suffering, and anytime you can keep company with that fire, it's warm. I absolutely remember that, and I do not think you ever work For this, grief and loss, these are things that never go away, they stay with you. "
It was not the only time Reeves lost a loved one. In 1993, actor River Phoenix, Reeves' best friend, died of a drug overdose at age 23, outside a nightclub in Los Angeles.
The two met and teamed up on the set of I Love You To Death and created a special friendship, since they were both the same age and navigated early in a profitable and high profile world.
Phoenix died while Reeves was filming Speed with Sandra Bullock, who spoke about the incident a year later.
"I think he's had a lot of things, even if he does not count on it," Bullock told Télé 7 Jours in 1994. "I think he hides a lot of pain."
Reeves also suffered immense pain in his childhood.
He was born in Lebanon to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Reeves and attended four high schools before leaving school at age 17.
His father left the family when Reeves was only three years old, forcing his single mother to change her family and raise her in different countries – Hawaii, New York, Canada and even a short time in Australia.
The last time Reeves saw his father was at age 13. In an extremely rare interview, Reeves stated in 2002: "On our last day we sat on the porch and looked at the dark sky." He almost said nothing that night, and the next day he took us to the airport. We've heard nothing from him for 10 years. No connection, no letter, nothing. "
Despite the significant tragedy, Reeves did not follow the bleak path we see many famous celebrities roaming around.
His difficulties made him gentler. And not in a flashy way, in the most discreet way.
We've discovered about your generosity of random workers in their Reddit shooting sets and topics.
He gave the whole stunt team on the Matrix Harley Davidsons so they would all like to ride what he calls the "demon ride" as much as he does.
The Reddit user, bo2dd2, said that Reeves bought him and several other employees breakfast and lunch every day during the filming of Chain Reaction.
"Every day during the last weeks of filming, Keanu treated the hands of the stage and the" grunts "(including me) taking us for a free breakfast and lunch. He was genuinely a really cool guy to work with," he says. the post. .
"Since then, I've worked on about 30 different sets and I've never met an actor as generous and friendly as he is.Most of the actors I've seen and worked on are showers that always think they're better than us.Keanu on the other hand, at least it was socially accessible and definitely kind.
"This was an example (which involved me directly), but (in the same set) I remember him going out of his way to give a ride to my friend to the workshop to get his car …"
One of the most famous stories about Reeves broke down in 1997 when he was photographed sitting on the side of the road with a homeless man.
The word was Reeves approached him, sat down with him, shared drinks and snacks and listened to his life story.
He sacrificed millions of dollars of his own wages to save jobs at risk in several of his films, with some reports stating that he gave up as much as $ 125 million so people could continue to work.
Reeves supposedly waited in the pouring rain on a nightclub line at his own party for God's Daughter because he did not want to leave his name on the door.
"I did not know who he was, he kept waiting, and he did not say anything to me! He is a very relaxed person," the club's unidentified owner told the Daily Mail at the time.
This is just a handful of your heartfelt moments. Earlier this year, Reeves told a crowd that they were "breathtaking," and in 2011 he was filmed offering his place to a passenger on a New York subway.
Not to mention that he has put millions of his own dollars into various charities, which again he does not make public.
It's very easy to see why the world has a new fascination for Reeves, and we're all here for that.
Toy Story 4 is out now.