10+ Celebs Shared Unknown Details About Keanu Reeves, and It Made Us Like him Ten Times More
Keanu Reeves’ 33-year acting career has been erratic over the years, with hits like Speed, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Matrix film series, and the John Wick franchise. And despite opinions of Reeves’ work being divided, his reputation for being a kind and gentle soul is undisputed.
Bright Side has brought together the opinions of many actors and movie directors Reeves has worked with over the years that will make you realize, even more, how wholesome the action hero is.
1. Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder’s 30-year-long friendship with Reeves started on the set of Dracula in 1992. She revealed that when the movie’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, ordered Reeves to make Ryder cry during a scene by being mean to her, Reeves flat-out refused, which has been clearly a bonding experience between the 2 stars.
Also, during a 2018 interview to promote Destination Wedding, Winona gushed about her co-star, admitting that Reeves was “the best.” And when asked what makes the star the best, she answered, “He’s one of my favorite people to work with, to be around.” She added, “I knew the movie would only work with someone who I really have strong chemistry with, and I’ve always felt like we did.”
2. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock and the action icon met on the set of Speed, where they also formed a lifelong friendship. She admitted that the longtime actor really lives up to his nice-guy reputation, and added, “He’s a listener, and it drives people crazy,” revealing a story that illustrated it perfectly. Bullock had once mentioned to her co-star that she has never had truffles in her life. After hearing that, Reeves came to her house a few days later with flowers and truffles.
3. Halle Berry
Fellow John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum co-star Halle Berry has also been full of praise for Reeves, as she took note of his professionalism. She revealed in an interview that she enjoys working with him to the extent that she was willing to break her ribs to keep up with his considerable pace, and mostly to impress him on the set of the movie.
4. Jonas Rivera
Reeves joined the Toy Story 4 franchise as a motorcycle-obsessed toy, Duke Caboom, a role that the star ensured became a “well-grounded, real character,” as producer Jonas Rivera revealed. “He would ask these really deep character questions, he didn’t just come to do a funny cartoon voice, he dug deep. He’s one of the most thoughtful actors we ever worked with,” Rivera added.
5. Chris Evans
Chris Evans is also a Keanu Reeves fanboy. After a video on Twitter showing the Toy Story 4 star in the recording studio prepping his voice, the Avengers: Infinity War actor commended Reeves’ vocal performance in a reply tweet, “If they just released 2 hours of this and called it Toy Story 4, I’d probably still see it at least twice in the theaters.”
Furthermore, Evans expressed his deep admiration for the star in an interview when he was asked what it was like working with Reeves in Street Kings: “He’s great, man. He’s the kind of actor that I love to work with. He really is determined. He is set on making sense of everything, which is very giving when you are on set.” Evans added, “He is very centered, very present, someone who you can’t push off balance.”
6. Michael B. Jordan
Way back in 2001, Michael B. Jordan starred in Hardball with Neo himself, Keanu Reeves. And he recently praised the star of the film, saying, “While we were in production, Keanu took the whole cast out to dinner, and we had a chance to meet his Matrix co-star, Laurence Fishburne. To this day, I still remember thinking to myself in astonishment, ’I guess this is what movie stars do — take their casts out to dinner with other big actors.’”
7. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra called Reeves a “great co-actor and a really nice guy.” In The Matrix Resurrections, the actress recalls being very intimidated and super nervous, and it was Reeves who recognized her nervousness and comforted her, saying that she did a great job. “Just having someone like him who has had a prolific career for almost 40 years recognize and encourage me was wonderful,” the actress added.
8. Purab Kohli
Purab Kohli, another actor from The Matrix Resurrections, has also opened up about working with Reeves. “It was a huge moment to work alongside the Hollywood star,” he said. “I did shoot a bit with Keanu Reeves and shooting with him...he is one of the biggest stars in the world and when you are with him, he is just the exact level with you, and he is just himself.”
9. John Wick co-stars
Moreover, Reeves’ John Wick co-stars had plenty of nice things to say about him too, revealing what the action icon did on the set of the movie.
Ian McShane recalled that Reeves brought him tea. As for Lance Reddick, he asked Reeves if he wanted him to try a scene another way, but the superstar reassured him, saying, “No man. You just do your thing.” Finally, Mark Dacascos couldn’t help but gush over how collaborative the action icon was, adding, “All the good things you hear about Keanu...they’re true!”
10. Richard Linklater
Acclaimed director Richard Linklater, who teamed up with Reeves for A Scanner Darkly, stated, “You’re just intrigued. Whatever is going on in his head, it’s worthy of your attention.” The director continued, “My biggest thing about his quality is that, you know, I’m sure everyone says he has that good-hearted, kind-hearted guy quality. Not a suck-up, though, he’s not asking for your vote for anything. And yet, he exudes total decency.”
11. Chad Stahelski
Former stuntman and director Chad Stahelski didn’t hesitate to make it clear that Reeves is the real reason the John Wick franchise has succeeded: “When you talk to people who are into the movie, ask them why they like it, and I think a big part of it is, and this is not to be underestimated, it’s Keanu Reeves.”
Stahelski went on to say, “I’m trying to bare my soul and who I am and how I tell the story, but if you saw the guy work, it would choke you up. He is putting everything into every shot, he doesn’t leave set, he’s the last guy to leave the gym at night, and always comes with ideas. This is his gig and this is his franchise. This is him pouring himself onto that screen.”
Keanu Reeves’ good deeds are well-documented, which is why he is considered one of the kindest actors in Hollywood. Is there a specific story you’ve heard that makes the star close to your heart, too? We’d love you to share it with us.