Keanu Reeves has donated 70% of his total earnings from the 1999 film The Matrix to cancer research charities.
The sum he has donated is approximately $31.5 million as according to The New York Post, Reeves earned a total of $45 million for the blockbuster.
Whilst filming the first Matrix film Reeves’ youngest sister was battling cancer – from which she has since recovered after ten years battling the disease. According to LADBibleReevesput his life on hold to care for her – which meant The Matrix films were also delayed.
Keanu Reeves has kept his charity work quiet but established a private fund back in the early 2000s for cancer research and in 2009 he told Ladies Home Journal it aids people with cancer and children’s charities.
Meanwhile, in 2020, Reeves auctioned off a 15-minute Zoom date with himself, with money donated going to Camp Rainbow Gold, a summer program for Idaho children with cancer. The winning bidder paid more than $19,000 for the brief date.