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Reeves gives part of his salary to cast, crew

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Sep 07, 2001 | 2:45pm EDT

In what today's (Friday) Wall Street Journal described as "really weird, by Hollywood standards," Keanu Reeves has sometimes handed over part of his salary to other actors or crew. According to the newspaper, he twice agreed to cut his fee by $2 million -- when producers had difficulty making salary deals with Al Pacino for The Devil's Advocate and with Gene Hackman for The Replacements -- and asked that they be given the money instead. More recently, the WSJ said, Reeves gave up part of his back-end deal for the sequels to The Matrix and told the studio to divide it among the special-effects and costume-design workers. "He felt that they were the ones who made the movie and that they should participate," one executive familiar with the situation told the Journal.

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