Keanu Reeves Donates 70% Earnings From 1999's The Matrix To Cancer Research

Keanu Reeves Donates 70% Earnings From 1999’s The Matrix To Cancer Research

Keanu Reeves is regarded as one of Hollywood’s most generous actors. According to reports, the actor donated almost 70% of his pay from the original 1999 film ‘The Matrix’ to organisations dedicated to the study of leukaemia, a type of blood disease.

The actor is thought to have made a total of $45 million from ‘The Matrix,’ with $10 million in advance and $35 million in box office success. Reeves is said to have donated $31.5 million to cancer research. Because his younger sister Kim was previously diagnosed with blood cancer in 1991, and the claimed donation was made at a time when Kim was battling cancer for years, the Toronto-raised actor is more specifically interested in cancer research organisations.

Even after his sister was cured, the actor established his own nonprofit foundation and continued to raise money for cancer research. Reeves relocated closer to his sister so that he could care for her during her cancer treatment. For the first time in 2009, the actor acknowledged the amount of money he donates to cancer research.

“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,” he revealed. He continued, “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

In 2020, Reeves auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself and donated the proceeds to Camp Rainbow Gold in Idaho, a summer programme for children. The ‘Speed’ star was recently honoured into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and during his acceptance speech, he acknowledged his hometown.

“I would not be here if not for where I came from,” he said. “Shout out to the movie theatres that changed my life. Bloor Street cinema, the University cinema, the Eglinton cinema, Roncesvalles, and the 1984 Toronto International Film Festival.”

Keanu initially appeared in the 1999 film ‘The Matrix,’ in which he played the role of Neo. He later returned with ‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ a sequel to the film. Following 2003’s ‘The Matrix Revolutions,’ the actor recently starred in ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ the fourth film in the sci-fi trilogy.

Christy likes to use her great writing skills to curate articles on the Hollywood film industry, multichannel commerce, and online business strategies. She loves to share her ideas on Hollywood here at Clout News.

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