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Why Did Keanu Reeves Give All His Matrix Money Away?💰

Celebrity WotNot brings you some facts about one of the most mysterious, misunderstood and amazing actors of our generation 🎥

From his motorcycle company to his book of poems titled an Ode to Happiness to the tragic loss of his daughter and girlfriend within a fifteen month period, we look at the legend that is Keanu Reeves AKA Chuck Spadina AKA K.C. Reeves AKA Norman Kreeves!

Keanu Reeves was seen promoting his film To The Bone, which stars Keanu as an unconventional doctor attempting to cure the anorexia of a young woman, played by Lily Collins © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves was seen promoting his film ‘To The Bone’, which stars Keanu as an unconventional doctor attempting to cure the anorexia of a young woman, played by Lily Collins © Atlantic Images

The Name

Reeves’ first name “Keanu” actually means “cool breeze over the mountains”! When Reeves first went to Hollywood, his agent thought his name was too exotic and suggested he change it. In his early movies, he is sometimes credited as Norman Kreeves or K.C. Reeves (after his full name Keanu Charles Reeves) or Chuck Spadina.

Keanu Reeves carries his possessions in a plain drawstring bag as he leaves his hotel with wet hair and heads to set in Montreal! © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves carries his possessions in a plain drawstring bag as he leaves his hotel with wet hair and heads to set in Montreal! © Atlantic Images

Keanu Reeves Parents

After leaving England, Keanu’s mother Patricia Taylor worked as a showgirl in Paris and then in a casino in Beirut where she met Reeves’ father. The family later moved to Toronto where Taylor began working as a costume designer. One of her clients was rock star Alice Cooper who used to babysit Reeves. 

His father was addicted to heroin for two decades. He abandoned his family when Reeves was just three years old. Reeves last met him when he was 13-years-old and never kept in touch after that. His father was arrested in 1992 at Hilo International Airport while attempting to sell heroin. He got ten years in prison and was paroled after two.

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The Keanu Code

There is a movement called the “Keanu Code” which claims that you can know about the hidden forces that control and influence the world by studying the movies Reeves has starred in!

Keanu Reeves chats to a female friend on a balcony in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival
Keanu Reeves chats to a female friend on a balcony in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival © Atlantic Images

An “Ode to Happiness”

Keanu Reeves wrote a book of sad poems titled an Ode to Happiness as a joke after the photo of him looking sad and eating a sandwich alone on a bench went viral. While one of Reeves’ friends was at his house listening to sad songs and poking fun, Keanu wrote a poem.

Keanu Reeves looked dapper in a smart winter jacket and grey scarf showing off a bit of grey in his beard
Keanu Reeves looked dapper in a smart winter jacket and grey scarf showing off a bit of grey in his beard © Atlantic Images

The first few lines go, “I draw a hot sorrow bath/In my despair room/I wash my hair with regret shampoo,” along with his “pain soap,” and “alone again silk pajamas.” Read the full poem here: Goodreads: Ode to Happiness by Keanu Reeves, Alexandra Grant (Illustrator)

Did you know Keanu Reeves wrot e book of Poems titled 'Ode To Happiness'?
Did you know Keanu Reeves wrote a book of Poems titled ‘Ode To Happiness’? © Atlantic Images

You can pick it up on Amazon for as little as $821! Check it out here: Ode to Happiness Buy It On Amazon Here

Keanu Reeves pictured in his vintage Porsche 911
Keanu Reeves pictured in his vintage Porsche 911 © Atlantic Images

About the book, Reeves said:

Hopefully looking at this you can come out of [sadness] and become objective about what circumstances you’re going through and maybe have a smile about it.

Keanu Reeves lives in a stylish pad in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Keanu Reeves lives in a stylish pad in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles © Atlantic Images

Tragedy

Reeves had both his daughter and girlfriend pass away within 15 months of each other. Reeves’ girlfriend Jennifer Syme was an actress and also assistant to director David Lynch and Dave Navarro.

Keanu had his har spiked up as he hit the streets of the Sundance Film Festival
Keanu had his hair spiked up as he hit the streets of the Sundance Film Festival © Atlantic Images

In January 2000, Syme gave birth to her and Reeves’ stillborn daughter Ava after eight months of pregnancy. On April 2, 2001, after leaving a party at Marilyn Manson’s house, Syme drove her Jeep into a row of three parked cars on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.

Keanu Reeves actually has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame where he went out for a bite to eat
Keanu Reeves actually has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame where he went out for a bite to eat © Atlantic Images

This caused her car to roll, partially ejecting her and killing her instantly. The investigation concluded that she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt and was drunk at the time.

Keanu Reeves looked almost unrecognizable as he sipped on a drink in Toronto, Canada
Keanu Reeves looked almost unrecognizable as he sipped on a drink in Toronto, Canada © Atlantic Images

Keanu Reeves Movies

After his success in Speed in 1994, Reeves became very selective of his work. In 1995, he turned down an $11 million offer for Speed 2: Cruise Control to tour with his band Dogstar. In 1997, he took a pay cut of $1 million so that Al Pacino could be in The Devil’s Advocate.

Keanu Reeves is guided into his Porsche 911 sports car in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Keanu Reeves is guided into his Porsche 911 sports car in Hollywood, Los Angeles © Atlantic Images

In 2000, he took another huge pay cut so that Gene Hackman could be cast in The Replacements. The following year, Reeves gave up his share of profits, roughly $38 million, for his work in The Matrix sequels allowing the producers the flexibility for a much larger SFX budget.

Keanu Reeves was pictured joking around pointing to a fan at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves was pictured joking around pointing to a fan at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah © Atlantic Images

His Money

Keanu gave $50 million of his roughly $70 million earnings from The Matrix sequels to the SFX and makeup staff. He is quoted as saying “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”

Keanu Reeves is set to make a cameo in the new John Wicks TV Series called The Continental © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves is set to make a cameo in the new John Wicks TV Series called The Continental © Atlantic Images

ARCH Motorcycle company

Keanu Reeves is an avid motorcyclist. He co-founded the ARCH Motorcycle Company, which builds and sells custom motorcycles. On their official website (in the link) it states: “ARCH Motorcycle creates custom production motorcycles with a unique blend of performance, customization, and attention to detail.”

Keanu Reeves took his Norton 750 Commando for a spin around Los Angeles wearing a black helmet, matching black sunglasses, a striped jacket, jeans and boots © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves took his Norton 750 Commando for a spin around Los Angeles wearing a black helmet, matching black sunglasses, a striped jacket, jeans, and boots © Atlantic Images

Keanu Reeves was spotted on his Norton 750 Commando motorbike as he cruised around the streets of Los Angeles. He was pictured in Brentwood heading towards Westwood village.

Keanu Reeves took his Norton 750 Commando for a spin around Los Angeles wearing a black helmet, matching black sunglasses, a striped jacket, jeans and boots © Atlantic Images
Keanu Reeves took his Norton 750 Commando for a spin around Los Angeles wearing a black helmet, matching black sunglasses, a striped jacket, jeans, and boots © Atlantic Images

In other great facts, Keanu was once manager of a pasta shop in Toronto, once had a job sharpening ice skates and speaks French fluently. Oh, and don’t forget, June 15 has been declared “Cheer-up Keanu Day” so let’s celebrate the legend that is Keanu Reeves!

The Matrix star was seen wearing a North Face jumper and jacket matched with his old cap, sporting the name of his motorcycle brand Arch! © Atlantic Images
The Matrix star was seen wearing a North Face jumper and jacket matched with his old cap, sporting the name of his motorcycle brand Arch! © Atlantic Images

Keanu Reeves (Extra) Trivia: After hitting the big screen as retired assassin, John Wick (2014), the hit movie is set to hit our home screens with a TV spin-off! Titled, The Continental, it will be set in a hyper-real version of Los Angeles.

Written by Connor Claire

Wandering freelance writer with a strange accent and a love for everything from politics to animals to Otter Pops to Seinfeld.

Connor Claire has over 10 years' of experience in the entertainment industry in film production & distribution and now she writes about it. She’s also super caffeinated and spends far too much time googling. Her interests include health, sociopolitical satire, human rights issues, pop culture and the arts.

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