He says he started doing it on the set of the 1996 comedy Feeling Minnesota because his character was a smoker, and then he just got hooked.He's called smoking "a prison" that he'd love to quit, but can't. Reeves endured multiple heartbreaking tragedies in rapid succession.Keanu Reeves hit Hollywood like a cool breeze in the '80s—that's what his name means in Hawaiian—and ever since he's been one of cinema's most intriguing and versatile actors.On screen, the Beirut-born, Canada-raised Reeves has saved humanity from robot slavery (The Matrix), delivered himself from military school and damnation (the Bill and Ted movies), avenged the death of his cute dog (John Wick), kept a doomed bus from going under 50 mph (Speed), sold his services as a male prostitute (My Own Private Idaho), and made out with Paula Abdul.While negotiating his contract for the two Matrix sequels, Reeves scored a bunch of "back end" points, meaning he'd make a portion of the movie's box office take in addition to a salary.Instead of taking all the cash for himself, Reeves diverted the money to the Matrix trilogy's costume and special effects teams, essentially donating millions so the movies could be completed after the production nearly ran out of cash.Filming on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions was reportedly delayed so Keanu could spend more time with his sister and help nurse her back to health.
But Reeves had actually been doing Shakespeare for years, dating back to a 1985 production of Romeo and Juliet at a Toronto theater school.
In mere weeks, concerned people of the internet had joined together to create a holiday (celebrated on June 15) called Cheer Up Keanu Day.
In 2011, Reeves went viral again when he was captured on video on the New York City subway giving up his seat to a woman carrying bags.
After Much Ado, Reeves went on to star in Shakespeare's Hamlet, on stage, at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.
He learned his lines between filming scenes on the set of Speed.