When you're a celebrity, it's easy to forget where you came from. For every J-Lo (she's still, she's still Jenny from the Block) there's a Hollywood A-lister who has a nanny for each kid and a personal assistant who lives in fear of getting fired for picking up the wrong bouquet from the florist.
If there's one celeb who everybody knows is a sound guy, though, it's Keanu Reeves. The Matrix star may play a cold-blooded hitman in his new movie John Wick, but in real life he's known to be pretty much the most grounded man in Hollywood.
Just in case you've been living in a dark cave with pitiful wifi, here's a brief reminder of why Keanu is such a legend: in the aftermath of the Matrix saga, he donated literally tens of millions to the VFX crew who made those movies so groundbreaking, and took home just a tiny percentage of the salary he was paid.
Here he is posing up a storm with an awestruck crowd in NYC (there's an awesome story about this very encounter right here)...
Keanu even keeps it real by riding the subway instead of polluting the planet with limo rides, and he's known for going out of his way to make friends with all the crew on the sets of his movies - the guys most A-listers don't even notice.
There's something suspicious about this...
This week an open letter appeared on the Internet, allegedly penned by Keanu himself in reference to his own, inspiring life. Here's what it said...
Most people know me, but don't know my story. At the age of 3, I watched my father leave. I attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making my education more challenging than it is for most. At the age of 23, my closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose.
In 1998, I met Jennifer Syme. We fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with our daughter. Sadly, after eight months, our child was born stillborn. We were devastated by her death and it eventually ended our relationship.
18 months later, Jennifer died in a car accident. Since then I avoid serious relationships and having kids. My younger sister had leukemia. Today she is cured, and I donated 70% of my gains from the movie Matrix to Hospitals that treat leukemia.
I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a Mansion. I don't have any bodyguards and do not wear fancy clothes. And even though I'm worth $100 million, I still ride the subway and I love it!
So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person can thrive. No matter what's going on in your life, you can overcome it! Life is worth living.
Where to start? Although this letter does hit all the right beats, touching on the sad events that have punctuated Keanu's life, it seems pretty unlikely that the man himself would ever write the words "I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a mansion."
This is pretty clearly a hoax letter, which begs the question...
2015 has been the year of the bizarre celebrity prank. First there was that odd story about Richard Gere allegedly giving food and $100 to every homeless person on the streets of NYC (it was fake); then came the one about Jennifer Aniston meeting a homeless single mom on the streets, donating food and posing for a photo. Guess what? Never happened.
It seems like these fake notes written by celebs (except not) are designed to make that person look super nice, and then when the celeb has to debunk the story they're made to look like an asshole.
Keanu would never write an open letter to "inspire" his fans; his struggle and survival is inspiring enough already. Who will be the celeb hoaxer's next victim? We can only imagine...