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But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. Skip to main content. Olivia Ho. I was her firstborn. He has built a successful career for himself, while never losing sight of ways to help others. It's a toss-up whether the bigger star of the Matrix movies is Reeves or the series' incredible special effects. To ensure the ongoing high quality of those effects and the participation of the staff behind them, Reeves gave up "points" that normally pay an actor hugely after release of the movie.
According to The Wall Street Journal , his contract for The Matrix 's two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions , gave up part of his claim to a share of the profits of these movies so that more money would be available for the special effects and costume departments.
Not an outright cash gift, this generous move made a huge amount of money available to the ensuing productions in the popular franchise. An executive who spoke with The Wall Street Journal commented, "He felt that they were the ones who made the movie and that they should participate.
Though Reeves' payday was still significant, the compensation he passed up was in the millions. After he was signed to star in The Devil's Advocate in , Reeves learned that movie's budget didn't allow for hiring Al Pacino.
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Reeves was eager to work with the acting legend. When the same situation arose in the making of the sports comedy The Replacement s in , Reeves again took a large pay cut so he could work with actor Gene Hackman. In both cases, he gave up large portions of his salary so that other actors could come aboard.
I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries. Reeves runs a private foundation that benefits cancer research and children's hospitals.
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One of Reeves' sisters was diagnosed with a type of leukemia in the '90s, achieving remission later in that decade. He funds efforts to find treatments and cures for cancers without publicly taking credit for his efforts through his foundation. Stars like Reeves generously gave their time and used their star power to encourage fans to become callers, donors and participants in the efforts to heal cancer. Cancer research is extremely expensive.
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ABC Anchor Charles Gibson pointed out , "In the long run there's a public awareness responsibility here that may be more important than the money. I knew immediately something was very wrong….
When they straightened out my legs I still felt like they were bent and that's when I really knew how serious it was. What does a great son do after some hefty paydays? He thanks his mother! I used stone, glass, steel and wood.
My mum was given away, then sent back
There's no word on where his mother's gifted place is, nor whether it, too, is made with limestone and steel, but one can only hope it contains a guest room for her generous son. An oft-repeated story of Reeves' generosity is that he gave the stunt staff of The Matrix movies Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The definitive stunt sequence on the film was a choreographed martial arts ballet comprised of over separate moves that left Reeves and the stuntmen seeking ice baths for their bruises and strains.
The five-minute scene remains a fan favorite. You don't get to be one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood without some strange rumors coming your way. Reeves was sued by a woman who suggested that he had used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. Speed made Reeves a big deal, catapulting him from young actor to certified action star. The bomb-on-a-bus thriller was a huge box office smash.