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The Matrix: Keanu Reeves Donated 70 Percent Pay to Leukemia Research

The Matrix Resurrections star Keanu Reeves continues to prove why the planet doesn't deserve him. According to LAD Bible, he donated 70 percent of his salary from The Matrix (1999) to leukemia research. He revealed to Ladies Home Journal in 2009 that he created a charity to support other charities that aid those afflicted with the cancer but didn't want to attach his celebrity. Reeves' younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991 and was battling for the better part of 10 years before it entered remission. The Matrix sequels were originally delayed production by selling his house and moving closer to her. On top of the franchise helping him vault to superstar status, he's also taken significant pay cuts so that cast and crew can benefit.

© 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Village Roadshow Films North America Inc. – U.S., Canada, Bahamas and Bermuda © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Village Roadshow Films (BVI) Limited – All Other Territories. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. Caption: KEANU REEVES as Neo/ Thomas Anderson in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Venus Castina Productions' "THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The Matrix Resurrections Details

The action star, who is also busy filming the fourth John Wick, reprised his role as Thomas Anderson/Neo in the 2021 film that saw him reunited with director Lana Wachowski and returning co-stars Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), Lambert Wilson (The Merovingian). Joining them were Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci. The Matrix Resurrections saw Neo and Trinity reunited, remembering shades of their past lives in a future, experiencing bouts of déjà vu, and discovering what happened since the events of 2003's Revolutions. Since its simultaneous release on theaters and HBO Max on December 22th, The Matrix Resurrections grossed $105 million globally. The franchise combined for $1.7 billion with the highest-grossing film as Reloaded at $738 million. There are no current talks about a fifth film to expand the existing meta film for a new trilogy.

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Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Image courtesy of Warner Bros


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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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