Canadian-born Hollywood actor, Keanu Reeves has reportedly donated 70% of his ‘Matrix’ salary to cancer research.
57-year-old Reeves was said to have been paid a sum of $10 million upfront for the 1999 sci-fi flick, before earning a further $35 million when the movie became a box office blockbuster.
British digital publisher, Lad Bible reported the actor donated 70% of the money, to leukaemia research, a whopping $31.5 million.
Keanu Reeves is well known for his simple lifestyle and was said to have been inspired to fund the research into blood cancer after his sister Kim was diagnosed at the age of 25. Kim, now 55, reportedly spent a decade in and out of treatment before finally entering remission in 2001.
Reeves has continued to give money to research in the years after Kim was cured, even creating his own cancer fund.
In addition to his sizable donation, the Speed and Point Break star has also launched a cancer charity foundation, telling Ladies Home Journal back in 2009 that he has” a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research.” Reeves, however, doesn’t “like to attach” his name to it and just lets “the foundation do what it does.”
Over the years, Reeves has built up quite the reputation as being charitable with his earnings. As Daily Mail points out, “according to a 2001 Wall Street Journal report, the star handed over a significant portion of his second and third Matrix film back-end points to the VFX and costume design teams.”
There have also been smaller gestures along the way, such as buying $9,000 Rolex watches for members of the John Wick 4 stunt team back in the Fall.