Looking for heroes in Hollywood isn’t always the best idea. But we found an unlikely one: Keanu Reeves.
Giving up your seat for a woman carrying a bag is basic human decency, sure. But that’s a quality that’s all too rare these days. It’s not like she was pregnant or disabled. She was just carrying stuff and he went out of his way to be a good guy.
Keanu’s selfless acts go far beyond just giving up his seat. He gave $75 million of his earnings to the production crew on The Matrix. The story originally spread via meme, which isn’t always the most reliable source of information. He’s given millions of dollars to charity on top of that, which is cool and everything, but is sort of par for the course with Hollywood types: After all, it’s tax-sheltered PR.
But this guy’s different. He once told Hello! magazine “Money is the last thing I care about.” He’s not just saying it. He’s putting his money where his mouth is, be it giving huge bonuses to the unsung heroes of his films or taking multi-million-dollar pay cuts to work with Al Pacino and Gene Hackman.
We’re not glorifying poverty. There’s nothing wrong with making a ton of money doing things you love. But we like Keanu’s refreshingly down to earth take on having piles of money: “I could live on what I have already made for centuries.” Indeed. So while you might want to live large, why keep a hoard of cash—or a subway seat—when it feels so good to give?