The actor is known for appreciating the work of artists on the sets of his movies and he wanted to reward the stunt team of 'John Wick 4.'
Keanu Reeves is known as one of the nicest people in Hollywood and for good reason. Reeves always looks out for those around him and it was no different as he wrapped the shooting of the latest installment of the 'John Wick' series. The franchise is known for its elaborate action sequences and Keanu Reeves might be the face of them but he knows and appreciates the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the movie tick. The actor gifted each member of the stunt team personalized Rolex Submariner watches believed to be worth five figures, at a wrap dinner in Paris over the weekend, reported People.
The crew of the stunt team — Bruce Concepcion, Jeremy Marinas, Dave Camarillo, and Li Qiang — posted images of their gifts from the actor and thanked him. Reeves also had the watches personalized for each of them. Jeremy Marinas posted an image of the message inscribed behind the fancy watch, which read: “The John Wick Five” Jeremy Thank you Keanu JW4 2021.” Marinas captioned the post: “Best wrap gift ever.” The image also appeared to show Reeves and his stunt crew displaying their new watches. Keanu Reeves is well respected among his co-stars, film production crew, and fans because he is humble and always makes time for others. The stories of his acts of kindness reveal what an incredible human being Reeves is.
Scarred by tragedy
The actor's personal life is scarred with tragedy, but Reeves still chooses to spread love and kindness. Keanu Reeves lost the love of his life, Jennifer Syme, their young daughter, and his best friend, River Phoenix, leaving him devastated. Keanu Reeves and Phoenix were at the brink of stardom when tragedy struck and River Phoenix died from a drug overdose in 1993. He was all of 23. Keanu Reeves was heartbroken. He met Jennifer Syme at a party in 1998 and fell head over heels for her. They fell in love and they were preparing for the birth of their daughter, Ava. Unfortunately, Syme gave birth to their stillborn baby daughter on Christmas eve in 1999.
Losing their baby eventually broke their relationship. They still remained friends until she died in a car crash in 2001. "Grief changes shape, but it never ends," said Reeves reflecting on his personal losses, according to People magazine. "People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, 'It's gone, and I'm better.' They're wrong. When the people you love are gone, you're alone," said Keanu Reeves.
Reeves bought an ice cream just to give his autograph to a 16-year-old
Journalist James Dator revealed an old story of Reeves going out of his way to give his teenage self an autograph in 2001. "Keanu came to the movie theater I worked at in Sydney in 2001. He was working on the Matrix series at the time. It's a quiet, Wednesday morning — almost nobody is seeing movies. I'm working the box office, bored as hell and suddenly this dude walks up in jeans, a leather jacket, and a horse riding helmet. A full ass, weird equestrian-looking helmet."
“I don’t work here,” Keanu says. Seemingly confused by my offer. I’m flustered and just charge him the normal price. Kicking myself after for not getting his autograph— James Dator (@James_Dator) May 17, 2019
After 30 seconds of staring, Dator realized it was none other than Keanu Reeves. He was there to watch From Hell, a movie starring Johnny Depp. "I'm so fu**ing star-struck I do what any sensible 16-year-old does and tell him I'd like to give him my employee discount," Dator recalled. "This means he needs to sign my sheet and therefore I have his autograph," he explained. However, Reeves turned down the offer as he didn't want to avail a discount available to employees. "I'm flustered and just charge him the normal price. Kicking myself after for not getting his autograph," continues Dator.
“I realized you probably wanted my autograph,” he says. “So I signed this.” He hands me a receipt from the concessions stand that he signed on the back. He then casually throws an ice cream cone in the trash can and sees his movie— James Dator (@James_Dator) May 17, 2019
Just when Dator thought he had missed his chance, there's a knock on the door. "I assume it's my manager. It's Keanu. 'I realized you probably wanted my autograph,' he wrote. 'So I signed this.' He hands me a receipt from the concessions stand that he signed on the back." As the actor walked away, Dator noticed that he casually threw an ice cream cone in the trash can before going in to watch the movie.
I realize later that he bought an ice cream cone he didn’t want, just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his autograph for a 16-year-old idiot.— James Dator (@James_Dator) May 17, 2019
It's not for no reason Keanu Reeves is considered one of the most down-to-earth Hollywood stars out there.