In line with his reputation for being overwhelmingly generous, Keanu Reeves has celebrated the completion of John Wick: Chapter 4 by gifting his entire stunt team with personalised Rolex Submariners.
After wrapping principal photography, the 57-year-old thespian reportedly treated the entire crew to a dinner in Paris, surprising each member – Bruce Concepcion, Jeremy Marinas, Dave Camarillo, and Li Qiang – with their very own bit of wrist candy. Thanks to an Instagram post by Marinas, we know the caseback inscription reads: “The John Wick Five – [Name] | Thank you | Keanu | JW4 2021.”
“Best wrap gift ever,” Jeremy Marinas captions his post.
“God that new new, thank you bro KR,” writes Bruce Concepcion.
As we’ve alluded to above, Rolex Submariners are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Keanu Reeves and his well-documented history of generosity. The man famously split his lucrative profit-sharing deal for the Matrix trilogy with the production’s visual effects and costume department. For reference, the latter two sequels earned more than $1.2 billion in box office revenue worldwide. While the exact amount has never been confirmed, many believe Reeves gave away an estimated $75 million to $100 million. The stunt team, on the other hand, all received Harley Davidson motorcycles.
According to one Redditor, beyond celebratory wrap-up bonuses, Matrix-era Keanu has also been known to help out the odd stranger in need:
A family friend builds movie sets, doesn't design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for The Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people's names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I've never heard anyone say Keanu is douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience.
“Money is the last thing I think about,” says Keanu Reeves.
“I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
When his younger sister Kim battled leukemia in the 90s, Reeves began donating significant amounts of money – some unverified reports indicate 70% of his total Matrix salary – to several cancer research charities, as well as establishing a foundation in her honour; Kim has since gone into remission.
Back in 2009, he offered some rare insight surrounding the extent of his philanthropy, revealing he’d been secretly bankrolling a private foundation for several years which aided multiple children’s hospitals and medical research organisations.
“I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”
John Wick: Chapter 4 directed by Chad Stahelski is scheduled for release sometime in May 2022. Keanu Reeves has also reprised the iconic role of Neo / Thomas Anderson for The Matrix Resurrections, which is scheduled for release this December.