#4. Keanu Reeves Likes to Give His Money Away
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There are few people who consider Keanu Reeves to be at the top of the list of Hollywood talent, and the Internet’s opinion of him on the whole can probably be summarized by the “Sad Keanu” meme. But then, if you’re aware of Reeves’ life story, you’ll realize that he actually has a lot to be sad about. (Seriously, if you click that link, you’re going to be depressed for a while and regret making fun of him so much.)
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Wow … we take back everything we said about your accent in Dracula … well, almost everything.
But Reeves has never let his horrible run of luck stop him from trying to make a difference in the world. When his sister was diagnosed with leukemia, Reeves became her caretaker, making her meals, preparing her medication, putting entire film shoots on hold, and donating millions to the hospital that was treating her so they could advance their leukemia research.
It appears that Reeves has even garnered the sympathy of the studio bosses, usually known for being some of the most greedy bastards on the planet, who are willing to finance his indie fare on the condition that he stars in blockbusters as well. They know Reeves isn’t particularly interested in money, which he made clear by signing away some of his paycheck so the studio could hire Gene Hackman and Al Pacino for The Replacements and The Devil’s Advocate, respectively.
Which would be even more impressive if it hadn’t been for, you know, The Replacements and The Devil’s Advocate.
Reeves’ lack of care for his own money extends as far as giving $80 million of his Matrix salary away to the special-effects team and costume designers who worked on the trilogy, as he believes they are the ones who deserve all the credit. According to Reeves, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I’ve already made for the next few centuries.”
If you’re really in need, though, all you have to do is get a job as one of the hundreds of crew members who work at his film shoots. When Reeves isn’t buying breakfast and lunch for the crew or surprising them with Harley-Davidsons, he’s giving away $20,000 so they can pay off their debts.
Just don’t expect him to lose the hobo look. He’s apparently into that.
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“I’ve built three children’s hospitals with the money I’ve saved on razors and haircuts.”
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Patients with amnesia usually know who they are, but they have problems storing new memories. You wouldn’t realise this from the movies. Films like The Bourne Identity show us the opposite pattern — characters who have forgotten who they are, but who have no trouble with their everyday memory. This mismatch has led to criticism of Hollywood, most notably by Sallie Baxendale in her entertaining BMJ paper published in 2004. “Most amnesic conditions in films bear little relation to reality,” she wrote.
However, a psychologist and a neurologist in Switzerland have made the case in a new book chapter (from Literary Medicine: Brain Disease and Doctors in Novels, Theater, and Film) that while Hollywood and many novels certainly present a distorted view of a typical amnesiac, there are in fact many historical real-life cases of amnesia that are just as outlandish, or more so, as those found in fiction. Moreover, these authors — Sebastian Dieguez and Jean-Marie Annoni — argue that fictional portrayals of memory and amnesia are a useful scientific resource for understanding people’s conception of memory, and they point out that fictional portrayals can feedback and influence the manifestation of memory disorders in real life.
- Amnesia: cinema’s greatest device (telegraph.co.uk)
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- Amnesia on Film: The Vow (2012) (drmetablog.com)