Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964. He debuted in 1985 with a film called One Step Away. As good as he is an actor, he is most known for his blockbuster films where he plays action hero. His Matrix is hailed as one of the greatest modern masterpieces of Cinema. He is philanthropist and has given us so many reasons to believe that he is the nicest guy in Hollywood. Here are 10 little known facts about Keanu Reeves.
#1: He is named after his uncle Henry Keanu Reeves. “Keanu” is a derivation of Reeves’ great-great-uncle Keaweaheulu, whose name means “the soft breeze raising” in Hawaiian.
#2: He had job sharpening ice skates.
#3: In November 1999, the baby girl he was expecting with girlfriend Jennifer Syme was stillborn, just a few weeks shy of the actual delivery date. They had planned to name her Ava Archer Syme-Reeves.
#4: His estranged girlfriend Jennifer Syme was killed when her Jeep Cherokee careered onto the wrong side of a Los Angeles road near Highway 101 and smashed into three parked cars.
#5: Took a 90% pay cut on his salary on The Replacements so Gene Hackman could be cast. Previously, he had deferred $2 million of his salary so that Al Pacino could be cast on The Devil’s Advocate.
#6: Learned over 200 martial arts moves for The Matrix Reloaded.
#7: Was originally offered the role of Pvt. Chris Taylor in ‘Platoon’. Keanu turned it down and the role went to Charlie Sheen.
#8: Was originally cast as Chris Shiherlis in ‘Heat’ but later backed out of the project, and the part went to Val Kilmer.
#9: His best friend was actor River Phoenix.
#10: Some of his favorite films include ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, and ‘Stroszek.’