Stories about Keanu Reeves’ do-gooders have become legendary. The generosity and class of the “John Wick” star have been widely publicized over the past decade. In 2011, Reeves went viral after he was caught in a video uploaded to YouTube offering his subway seat to a passenger carrying a large bag. “Keanu Reeves is a gentleman… who would have thought?” the uploader wrote. Tales of Reeves’ chivalry kept coming. In 2019, during the early days of the “Me Too” movement, fans noticed that Reeves never directly touches women when posing for photos together — instead he politely holds his hands in the air. Echoing most reactions, one fan called Reeves a “respectful royalty” for the gesture.
In addition to his reputation as a gentleman, Reeves is celebrated for his magnanimity. The Bill & Ted star revealed to Ladies Home Journal (via Vogue) in 2009 that he started a private foundation “five or six years ago” to support children’s hospitals and cancer research. “I don’t like putting my name on it, I just let the foundation do what it does,” Reeves, whose sister battled leukemia, told Vogue.
In July, another heartwarming story about Reeves’ kindness surfaced.
Even airports don’t dampen Keanu Reeves’ fan-friendliness
It sure seems like Keanu Reeves makes friends easily. TV producer Andrew Kimmel tweeted a happy exchange between the “Matrix” star and a young fan over the weekend of July 4th, writing that Reeves shared his flight from London to New York with him. “A little boy asked for an autograph in the luggage and then started firing off a series of rapid-fire questions,” Kimmel tweeted, adding, “Keanu happily answered each one.”
Kimmel took a picture of Reeves and the boy and provided a detailed transcript of their conversation, including why he was in London (“Making a Documentary”), where he lived (“LA”) and why he was in New York ( “I’m going to see a Broadway show!”). Hilariously, Kimmel noted the fan ran out of questions: “So Keanu started grilling him.” Questions from the movie star included, “What galleries did you visit in Paris? What was your favorite gallery?” As Kimmel pointed out, Reeves’ mood was commendably good, especially having just finished an international flight. He added, “Small moments like this can make such a big difference in people’s lives. We need more Keanus !“
Not surprisingly, Kimmel’s followers enjoyed his account of Reeve’s fan interaction. “A random story from Keanu is a nice guy always makes my day,” one tweeted, while others were proud of the actor’s Canadian heritage. Whatever it is, Reeves clearly has the right attitude!