Although the claim he donated 70 per cent of his Matrix earnings to hospitals that treat leukaemia is contested by fact-checkers at Snopes in a 2016 article, the website reports that he certainly is generous with his cash when it comes to good causes.
In 2009 he revealed that he has his own private foundation which aids children’s hospitals and cancer research. He told Ladies’ Home Journal: “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.
He added: “I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”
He reportedly handed over a percentage of his profits from the Matrix sequels to the special effects and costume design teams, according to a 2001 Wall Street Journal report. He also apparently took pay cuts during other projects so films could afford to hook in other actors, such as Al Pacino in Devil’s Advocate.