The sad story behind the Matrix star Keanu Reeves
1.When Keanu Reeves was 2 years old, his parents divorced and his father left him.
His father was imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin. He left the family when Reeves was 3 years old.
2. By the time he was 14 years old, his mother had married for the five times.
He traveled to various places in the world with his mother and different step fathers. Within 5 years, he changed 4 high schools and was expelled once (from Etobicoke School of the Arts) because of his bad behavior.
3. Due to dyslexia, he was not good in studies.
He was a good goal keeper in ice hockey and dreamt of playing for Canada but an injury ended his career. Later he dropped out of high school.
4. His best friend River Phoenix passed away in 1993 after a drug overdose at the young age of 23.
He was very close to Phoenix and he became depressed after this.
5. Keanu Reeves took a pay cut of $1 million for The Devil’s Advocate so that Al Pacino would be cast, and later took a 90 per cent pay cut for the The Replacements to guarantee the casting of Gene Hackman.
He reportedly gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings from The Matrix sequels to the special effects and make up staff. He is known to be kind and considerate to the supporting staff.
6. In 1998, his girlfriend Jennifer Syme who was eight months pregnant gave birth to a girl who was stillborn.
Torn apart by her death, they broke up but remained close friends. 18 months later, Jennifer Syme died in a car crash and he was devastated.
7. Keanu Reeves supported his sister Kim in her decade long battle with leukemia.
He has even set up his own charity but decided not to attach his name against it. He has also supported PETA, the SickKids Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.
His net worth is more than $100 million but he does not live in a mansion or buys expensive toys but uses subway for travel.
Some people do not care about success, fame or money. For them the ultimate happiness is helping others and being a good human being.
Keanu Reeves is one of them.