The Matrix Actor Keanu Reeves, came from very humble beginnings, and has persevered through many tragedies, setbacks and dealt really well with the difficult cards he was given. Let’s narrow in on some of Keanu reeves inspiring and key facts from his life; the challenges in which he rose to the occasion, the quotes where he speaks his truth, and some insight into how this man endured through so many struggles to become an established Hollywood Actor. Checkout the 23 Keanu Reeves quotes and facts from the most interesting man in Hollywood…
1.) Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon. His diverse multicultural ancestry includes English, Hawaiian, Chinese, Irish and Portuguese. He grew in Sydney, New York and Canada.
2.) When he turned 3, his father abandoned the family. To this day, Keanu Reeves has barely seen him and he has had a tough time forgiving him.
3.) After his parents divorced, their family moved from city to city and Reeves attended 4 different high schools.
4.) Keanu Reeves struggled with Dyslexia which made school another struggle. He was constantly in trouble and even got expelled once. His absent father also contributed to low self-esteem. Keanu Reeves became a very quiet, lonely, and reserved kid.
5.) Initially as a kid, Keanu wanted to be a professional hockey goalie, but after an injury sidelined him, he began finding a burning passion within for acting. He began his acting career with a production called Damn Yankees and at age 15 he played as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
6.) He never got over his love of hockey neither; he would play road hockey every weekend in L.A. for 10 years and also acted in a hockey film too!
7.) “I was always interested – I mean, it’s kind of part of your job – I was always interested in the camera.”
8.) “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
9.) For a brief time Keanu Reeves’ step father was a Theatre and Film Director. Eventually by age 17, he decided he wanted to make a very serious attempt at a career in acting. He left school early and did not receive a diploma.
10.) Although Keanu Reeves is widely known for dyslexia, he is an avid reader who recently published his own books as well.
11.) “I’m Mickey Mouse. They don’t know who’s inside the suit.”
12.) With massive success from Speed, Keanu Reeves shockingly turned down on the sequel so that he could tour with his band.
13.) His best friend River Phoenix died from a drug overdose in 1993. And then in the late 90’s he and his girlfriend had a still born baby. 18 months later his girlfriend died in a car accident.
14.) “Energy can’t be created or destroyed, and energy flows. It must be in a direction, with some kind of internal, emotive, spiritual direction. It must have some effect somewhere.”
15.) After finishing the Matrix sequels, he reportedly gave away $80 million dollars of his $114 million in earnings to the special effects and makeup staff because he strongly believed they deserved it. And on set, he is known to be extremely down to earth as he wants to know people’s names, says hello to everyone he encounters and never acts better than any staff or coworker. He once gave a $20,000 Christmas bonus when he heard a staff member was having family troubles. Keanu Reeves is worth well over $100 million, yet he chooses to ride the subway.
16.) “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important.”
17.) “The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”
18.) As a big philanthropist with a huge heart, Keanu has always found ways to give back and do things outside of himself. He organized a cancer charity in which he detached his name from and dedicated it to his sister who was battling with Leukemia.
19.) “When I don’t feel free and can’t do what I want I just react. I go against it.”
20.) With his thumb on the pulse for his intuitive nudges, Keanu Reeves understands the importance of feeding his soul. Music is a huge part of Keanu Reeves’ life as he played bass guitar for a band called Dogstar and also performed in a band called Becky. He has directed movies, enjoys ball room dancing and is a motorcycle enthusiast who recently started a motorcycle manufacturing company.
21.) “I have definitely been curious and involved in the process; even as a young actor. I was always looking at where the camera was, what story it was telling. And as my experience grew, I wanted to know even more.”
22.) “I like to be free and unfettered. I like the option of being able to do anything and go anywhere, anytime.”
23.) His ideology of what happiness looks like:
“Lying in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, a beautiful repast with friends, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life. I like being in the desert, in nature, being in extraordinary spaces in nature, high in a tree or in the dirt, hanging out with my family, my sisters.”
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