The Daily Telegraph (Aus), May 30, 2003

'Set for life' Keanu gives away $125m

HONORARY Sydneysider Keanu Reeves has earned himself the reputation of Hollywood's most generous star after reportedly deciding to give away $125 million in profits from the two Matrix sequels.

The lucky recipients are said to be the effects and costume designers who worked on the movies which shot in Sydney.

According to the Mirror, under his contract for the sequels, Reeves is entitled to 15 per cent of box office takings or $A50 million (whichever is the greater) for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Latest estimates suggest the Matrix movies could earn up to $500 million each, putting Reeves take at $175 million.

"Money is the last thing I think about," Reeves said. "I could live on what I've already made for the next few centuries."

Among those who could benefit from Reeves' largesse is Australian costume designer Kym Barrett, who was recently tagged in the US as the "fashion world's most influential unknown" for her Matrix work.

She designed the costumes for the all three Matrix movies.

Given her designs for the inhabitants of Zion are now finding their way on to the streets, Confidential hopes she's been well looked after.

His co-star Jada Pinkett Smith has described Reeves generosity as "overwhelming".

Reeves reportedly surprised the stuntmen working on the film by giving them each a Harley Davidson. Not only that, when production on the sequels wrapped, he gave each crew member a bottle of vintage '93 Dom Perignon.

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