The Mirror (UK), May 28, 2003

Keanu's Unloaded

HOLLYWOOD star Keanu Reeves is giving away an astonishing £50million of the profits from the Matrix sequels.

The 38-year-old actor has signed the money over to the special-effects department and the costume-designing team.

Keanu says: "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I've already made for the next few centuries."

Reeves' contract gives him either £20million or 15 per cent of the gross (whichever is greater) from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The two films are expected to gross at least £200million each worldwide.

The Matrix Reloaded alone has already grossed more than £150million in the US and close to £70million in the rest of the world with its total box-office gross predicted to reach a staggering £300million.

Reeves, who doesn't own a home, preferring to live in hotels, has always been very generous with his cash. While filming the Matrix sequels back-to-back in Australia, he surprised the 12 stuntmen by giving them Harley-Davidson motorcycles worth £7,000 each. His co-star Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith, said: "His generosity is overwhelming."

Reeves has never married and doesn't have children. The only person he supports is his beloved younger sister Kim, who has battled leukemia for 10 years.

The actor has spent a fortune looking for a miracle cure. A Hollywood source said last year: "Keanu would give away every last penny he has to save Kim."


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