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Keanu Reeves is one of the celebrities who inspires love or hate, but rarely do people respond to him with apathy. He’s become an internet sensation with the Sad Keanu meme, but that’s hardly the most Keanu thing there is out there. Check out these 8 facts about Keanu that might just blow your mind.
1. The name “Keanu” means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian, but when he first began acting his agent said it was too exotic and he should go by K.C.
2. Reeves has never been motivated by money, especially when he has to balance it with artistic integrity. In two different movies he took a pay cut so that producers could hire another actor he wanted to work with – Al Pacino in “The Devil’s Advocate,” and Gene Hackman in “The Replacements.” He even agreed to take a pay cut of $75 million on The Matrix sequels, giving it to the special effects and costume design teams instead.
3. Reeves is an avid reader, despite the fact that he has dyslexia. He’s even read the entirety of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.
4. One of Reeves’ hobbies is music. He’s played bass in a couple different bands. Interestingly, he plays right-handed although he’s left-handed for most other things.
5. While money doesn’t motivate him, integrity does. Reeves turns down roles that are too violent, like Pvt. Chris Taylor in 1986’s Platoon.
6. One of the internet conspiracy theories surrounding Reeves is that he’s immortal, thanks to the fact that he looks remarkably similar to Paul Mounet, an actor from 1847.
7. Reeves’ life isn’t always awesome though. He’s had multiple stalkers, including two women in 2014 who managed to infiltrate his home. Thankfully, in both cases Reeves managed to call the cops and have the women escorted off the premises.
8. Not only has he been the victim of stalking, but Reeves also manages to get injured fairly often. He’s wiped out on his motorcycle multiple times, causing broken rips, a ruptured spleen, a broken ankle, and busted up teeth. He’s even taken a hockey puck to the face.