‘You’re breath-taking! You’re all breath-taking!’
Remember this viral video? Or to be more precise, the memes and the heartfelt posts that followed?
See, now you remember, right?!
Welcome to WatchTank and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten most incredible things done by our favourite actor, Keanu Reeves.
Reeves quoted the opening lines of our episode today. Earlier this year, the videos of Reeves’ visit to the E3 convention in June went viral with this sweetest response to a fan. Right after Reeves walked onto the stage, the fan yelled “You’re breath-taking!”. The above lines were Reeves’s response to this.
Such kind-hearted souls are hard to find in today’s world. Agreeable, much?!
So, before we venture out into more of such things done by him, let’s have a quick background check.
Keanu Charles Reeves was born on September 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon. But he was raised in Toronto. The initial days of Reeves’ acting career were spent doing theatre and television series. He had his first mainstream film debut in the movie ‘Youngblood’ (1986).
Reeves got immense recognition from movies like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), the action-thriller flick Speed (1994), where he got casted as a police officer, and of course, was critically acclaimed for his role in the independent drama My Own Private Idaho. However, the role that gained him immense success and fame was that of a computer hacker Neo in the science-fiction thriller The Matrix (1999). The film got a huge commercial success and also won four Academy Awards.
For a person with such a fantastic career graph, Keanu is one of the humblest persons in real life. Care for some instances? Well then here you go.
10. Immense respect for women
In a world where we are used to listening to stories of assault and harassment hurled towards women, Reeves is truly exceptional. In all the photos that he clicks, he is respectful towards women. Instead of grabbing their lower back, his hands are always seen hovering around the area. Twitter noticed this fact in June that Reeves doesn’t hold the women while posing. This habit of the actor became the talk of the town, earning him loads of love and respect. People started naming Reeves as ‘respectful king’, and he got much praises for being ‘considerate and respectful’.
9. Left his seat for a woman with a large bag
By now, all of us are pretty sure of Reeves respect for a woman, right?! But this ‘John Wick’ star has more antics up his sleeves for all of us to get gaga over him.
Want to hear more? In 2015, Reeves again hit the headlines for lending his seat graciously to a woman in a subway. The woman was carrying a huge bag. We can’t help but adore Reeves for this gracious act. The video had gone viral. Also, in the video, we get to hear a train announcement that states that Reeves was on a Brooklyn-bound Q express train while he performed this chivalrous act.
Honestly, why don’t we have more of such men?!
8. Got himself an ice-cream to sign an autograph for a fan
I mean, seriously we can’t just stop adoring this man. Again, a very touching story of Reeves and his fan that went viral in May. SBNation.com writer and producer, James Dator, shared a very touching experience he had with Reeves while he was working at a movie theatre. Dator took to Twitter to share the story.
The writer was a teenager back then and wanted to get Reeves’ autograph. However, he couldn’t succeed. Perhaps, things were supposed to take a different turn.
Dator heard a knock on the door two minutes later. Assuming it to be someone else, he opened the door, and to his surprise, Reeves was standing outside.
Dator then remembered Reeves telling him that ‘I realized you probably wanted my autograph. So, I signed this’. What he handed Dator was a receipt with his signature on the back. Then Reeves trashed the ice-cream and continued seeing the movie.
7. Reeves is the best co-passenger one can expect
Often, we start complaining about our fellow co-passengers while flying. But after reading this, you would only pray for a co-passenger like Reeves.
It was in March, when a Los Angeles-bound plane that Reeves was flying on was forced to make an emergency landing. For any other person, this emergency landing could appear scary or irritating. However, for Reeves, it wasn’t either. Instead, he was happily posing for photos and nodding to all the autograph requests by his fellow passengers.
What, you thought the story ends here? Well, certainly not for Reeves. He went above and beyond to help the authorities to organize transport to San Francisco, which was the destination. He also entertained the passengers with intriguing facts about California and also played country music from his phone on the way.
6. An actor par excellence
To achieve excellence in your work, how far would you go? Work hard, read more, follow the seniors. That’s it?! Would you mind climbing up a table? Well, don’t look so surprised, Reeves did that.
During this meeting with the Pixar producers for 2019 release ‘Toy Story 4’, Reeves climbed up on a table to understand the new character a little better – the daredevil toy Duke Caboom.
The actor had already made a strong impression on the film’s executives from the very beginning. However, this act completely nailed the thing.
We all intend to achieve that kind of dedication, don’t we?!
5. Reeves is actively involved in donation and charity
In addition to his overall goodness, Reeves is actively into charity. He has also donated a huge sum of money to children’s hospitals and cancer research units.
As per reports, the star also has his private charitable foundation. This charity aims to help the sick and feeble kids. However, much to his greatness, he didn’t attach his name to it.
To quote him, ‘I have 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. I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does’.
4. One of the humblest stars ever
Even after achieving fame and success, Reeves doesn’t leave any chance to have fun. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. Whether it is the voice dubbing for a character in the ‘Toy Story 4’ or starring in the Netflix rom-com ‘Always Be My Maybe’ earlier this year, Reeves is always casual, minus the starry baggage.
The best part is his charming modesty, which is too hard to resist. As an actor of his stature, this kind of modesty is too hard to get. When asked how did he feel about
his status as an ‘internet boyfriend’, Reeves, was all calm and composed. To quote him, he stated ‘That’s wacky but the positivity’s great’.
3. Honest about his views on death and afterlife
During his appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, Reeves was questioned on his views on what happens after death. To this he replied that he knows that the ones who love us would miss us for sure. Along with Colbert, and his fans, even we can’t stop applauding, right?!
2. Cares a lot for his co-stars
Of course, because of having a big heart, Reeves is extremely caring. That applies towards his co-stars as well. This incident was shared on Twitter by Film critic, Hanna
Ines Flint. It was during an interview with Reeves and the actor couldn’t stop praising his ‘John Wick 3’ co-stars, martial artists Cecep Arif Rahman and Yaya Ruhian. He was so impressed with them that he didn’t want them to be killed off. Lucky fellas!
Now, before we step onto the finale, let’s have a few honorary mentions
Reeves’ directorial venture
In 2013, Reeves starred in his directorial debut. It was a film based on martial arts, titled ‘Man of Tai Chi’. The film had multilingual dialogue. The story was of a young man drawn to an underground fight club. The story was partially inspired by the life of Reeves’ friend, Tiger Chen.
Reeves’ awards and accolades
Reeves’ has won three MTV Movie Awards to date. Besides, he has also received two Best Actor nominations at the Saturn Awards. He is a two-time nominated actor for People’s Choice Award. One was for Favourite Male Movie Star, and the second – Favourite Action Movie Star for his performances in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ (2019).
1. Got smitten by Sandra Bullock
It was 2018 when Sandra Bullock revealed having a crush on his ‘Speed’ co-star Reeves. To this, the actor confirmed having mutual feelings. To quote Reeves, “She obviously didn’t know I had a crush on her either.”
The ‘Matrix’ actor also added that they didn’t think of dating at that time as they were working professionals. However, Keanu has nothing but praises for Bullock. Regarding his ‘Speed’ co-star, he added that, “It was nice to go to work,” he said of filming “Speed” with the actress. “She’s such a wonderful person, a wonderful actress”.
Normally, it is hard to find people who are as down-to-earth and humble as Reeves, leave alone the stars. After delving deep into the facts about him, the love and respect for him have only doubled . Isn’t it?! We wish him all the good luck for the future.
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