Keanu Reeves Has Worn Same Look For 30 Years — He Modestly Donates Millions While Matthew Perry Attacked Him in Memoir

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By Philippa Masinde

Jan 13, 2023

08:00 A.M.

  • Keanu has been wearing the same outfit for 30 years.
  • Instead of buying clothes, he saves sick children and animals.
  • However, “Friends” star Matthew Perry wondered why he is still alive.

Keanu Reeves is a box-office darling with an impressive catalog of movies to his credit. He is well-liked by colleagues and crew because he is a joy to work with. He is also known to be a down-to-earth person who relates easily with people from all walks of life.

However, the “Speed” star has recently gained a new fandom for his fashion sense. When it comes to dressing, Reeves has sustained the same laid-back vibe for more than two decades. You could almost say he has perfected effortless style.

His chosen outfit comprises a jacket and pants with a plain shirt or tee underneath, anchored by some well-worn hiking boots. One would think that a multi-millionaire would want to display his wealth and status, but Reeves has said:

“Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account.”

The leading man is no slave to flashy logos or trends. He tends to keep the palette neutral and the silhouette fitted but not figure-hugging. His style appeals to people of all ages and makes him seem confident yet approachable.

Keanu Reeves at the 2nd Annual MTV Movie Awards | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves at the 2nd Annual MTV Movie Awards | Source: Getty Images

In recent years, Reeves has traded the clean-cut look for a beard and shoulder-length hair. He also likes to accessorize, adding a tie to his ensemble for formal occasions or a scarf and hat in the cold season.

There is something to be said for commitment, even to a pair of brown boots or a graphic T-shirt.

A classic assumption about the star is that he never throws his clothes away. One fan of “The Matrix” was lucky enough to meet the film’s star twice with a three-year gap. Coincidentally, Reeves was wearing the same T-shirt at both sightings, to the delight of netizens.

Keanu Reeves at Showest '98 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves at Showest ’98 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Wearing the Same Outfit for 30 Years

The internet is here for the Reeves uniform if the extensive posts and fan accounts on social media are anything to go by. One thread on Twitter which originated from the “Keanu Doing Things” account went as far as to post a gallery of the “John Wick” actor spanning 30 years. One commenter replied:

“From the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ school of fashion.”

Another user posted an impressionistic painting of a man who strongly resembled the actor, insinuating that Reeves had been wearing the same outfit since 1875.

The actor found a look he liked and stuck to it. There is something to be said for commitment, even if it is to a pair of brown boots or a graphic T-shirt.

Keanu Reeves has won the hearts of many, not just by the characters he portrays on the movie screens.

Even the fashion world has taken notice of Reeves’ elegant simplicity. Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent’s creative director, chose the actor to represent the brand for its Autumn/Winter 2019 season.

Keanu Reeves during the Los Angeles premiere of "Speed" at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images)

Keanu Reeves during the Los Angeles premiere of “Speed” at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images)

Envious Colleague

The “Devil’s Advocate” actor does not just put on an act; he really is a good guy. Some reports claim that he gave most of his earnings from “The Matrix” to cancer research. Speaking in the early 2002s, Reeves said:

“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research.”

The cause is dear to his heart because his sister Kim battled leukemia. The actor has said that he tries to keep his donations anonymous to avoid hampering the vital work being done to tame the disease.

Keanu Reeves speaks onstage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon on April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves speaks onstage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon on April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Reeves has also given generous gifts to people he works with. He reportedly gifted his “John Wick 4” stunt team members with $10,000 watches. He also donated his earnings from the “Matrix” films so the crew members could get a bonus.

Contrary to what anyone may say, the “Replicas” star has many fans who believe he is a talented, generous, and admirable person.

The actor, who is an animal lover, has donated over one million dollars to PETA, an international organization that promotes kindness and advocates for the rights and safety of animals. Its efforts span various areas, including scientific research, food industries, and entertainment.

Keanu Reeves arriving at the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show on October 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves arriving at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show on October 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

But one person who doesn’t seem to be a fan of the “Constantine” star is fellow actor Matthew Perry. The “Friends” alum is less than complimentary of Reeves in his memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” saying:

“Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?”

Perry mentions Reeves again as he recounts his reaction to the death of comedian Chris Farley while he was under the influence. This made critics and readers question whether Perry would rather Reeves had died instead of his friends.

Matthew Perry at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images

Matthew Perry at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images

The “Fools Rush In” actor has since apologized, claiming he picked an actor randomly and is a big fan of Reeves. Still, that was an oddly specific and awkward coincidence.

Contrary to what anyone may say, the”Replicas” star has many fans who believe he is a talented, generous, and admirable person. His consideration for others and lack of entitlement might be more esteemed than being an “original thinker.”

He values people more than money, seeking to connect on a human level. The actor has been known to stop and chat with the homeless or show kindness to strangers even when there are no cameras to document the moment.

Keanu Reeves as a guest on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show on October 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves as a guest on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show on October 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves

has won the hearts of many, not just by the characters he portrays on the movie screens. He is easy and approachable, like a favorite pair of jeans or hiking boots.

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