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Did you know that Keanu Reeves gave $80 million of his $114 million Matrix salary to the…

Have you ever wondered just how much money Keanu Reeves got from his iconic role in the movie The Matrix and its sequels?

By Siebbi (cropped and revised version of ipernity.com) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Siebbi (cropped and revised version of ipernity.com) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1999 Reeves earned a solid $10 million for portraying Neo plus 10% of the gross the blockbuster made in its opening weeks. He received another $30 million and 30% of the gross from the two sequels from 2003 – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He earned a total of $114 million from the sequels, but never got the chance to actually spend the money on lavish homes and vacations because he had to pay the special effects and make-up teams who had worked on the movies. That cost him a total of $80 million and left him with roughly a whopping $34 million.

Nevertheless, he never regretted giving away all those millions. According to him, he could live for centuries off what was left of that money.

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