Keanu Reeves almost renamed himself “Chuck Spadina” because some casting agents were resistant to having him come in for auditions because his first name was hard to pronounce and seemingly too exotic.
Keanu Reeves was forced to shoot a film after a friend forged his signature on the films contract. ‘The Watcher’ went down as one of his worst movies by critics.
Keanu Reeves was a last choice for the role of “Neo” from The Matrix. Brad Pitt was first to accept before declining. Leonardo DiCaprio later accepted before declining. Others considered were Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner, David Duchovny, and Tom Cruise.
Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil’s Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
Keanu Reeves was sued by a woman who suggested that he used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. She sought $3 million in spousal support from the actor, and $150,000/month, retroactively, in child support. DNA test proved he was not the father and the suit was thrown out.
Keanu Reeves turned down a $10 million offer for the main role in Speed 2, in favor of touring with his band and playing Hamlet in a theater production.
Keanu Reeves has a private cancer foundation to help children’s hospitals and cancer research, but he does not attach his name to it. He also has spent over 5 million dollars to help his sister in her fight against leukemia.
Keanu Reeves had suffered from and undergone surgery for two-level fusion of the cervical spine which had been slowly paralyzing his legs, only a few months before filming for The Matrix began. That’s why he does not kick much in the film.
Keanu Reeves deferred his salary for The Devil’s Advocate to ensure the budget could afford Al Pacino for his role in the movie. He did it again for The Replacements to get Gene Hackman.