Hello, everyone! Hope you’re having a nice panda-esque day so far and if you’re not, then I hope this little article will change that. After all, I am your bestie here on Bored Panda, though I can only bring gifts virtually at this point in time, unlike the ones we’ll be speaking of today.
Remember Keanu Reeves? Well, he’s back at it again, bringing happiness and joy wherever he goes. And also, Champagne and truffles, as Sandra Bullock found out quite a few years ago. The rarely heard story came out to have its little moment in the sunshine and we’ll join it on the picnic blanket today as we dive into the details.
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are two of the most beloved actors, recognized as much for their roles as their good deeds
Image credits: Twentieth Century Fox
Let’s begin with a small backstory to each person involved in today’s tale. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are American film stars, rising to fame in the 1990s. Each of them have acted in films that have become cult classics, such as The Matrix and John Wick for Keanu; The Blind Side and Gravity for Sandra, to name just a few.
But to some degree, their good deeds and humanity have proceeded to garner more attention. Sandra has been an active supporter of the American Red Cross, donating $1 million to the organization at least five times, as well as providing aid to countries that have experienced natural disasters. Keanu supports several charities and has founded a private cancer foundation, which aids children’s hospitals and provides cancer research.
But more than that, his small good deeds for the everyday person have been noted by many. In one article written by yours truly, he called up a grandmother, who’d been his avid fan for years, as he reminded her of her late husband. It seems his thoughtfulness knows no bounds.
The two were introduced on the set of Speed and have been close friends ever since
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The pair first met on the set of Speed, which came out in 1994. It’s an action thriller where a young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Even though they were lovers in the film, they denied ever getting together in the real world. She told Esquire that she believed it would have ruined their great friendship, though, she added, “Keanu’s a guy who, I feel like, is friends with every woman he’s ever dated. I don’t think there’s anyone who has something horrible to say about him. So maybe we could have survived.”
Sanda recalled that they got to grow up together on parallel roads and enjoy each other’s company throughout the years. And the longer time goes on, the more in awe she (and perhaps the rest of the world) is of the human being that is Keanu. “Would I have been able to say that if he had dumped me and made me angry? Probably not,” she joked.
About a year after the film aired, Sandra mentioned to Keanu how she’d never had Champagne or truffles, but the fleeting comment would not be lost to time
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But one thing is for certain, as said by Sandra – “He’s a listener. And it drives. People. Crazy.” She remembered an instance where this quality manifested itself in a pleasant surprise.
It was a year or so after Speed had come out and they were hanging out, chatting about little nothings, when the topic of Champagne and truffles popped up. Sandra revealed that she’d never tried either of the two things, to which Keanu reacted “really?” and the conversation veered off somewhere else. Lost but not forgotten.
A few days later, Sandra was sitting in the living room of her first house with a girlfriend, painting their nails and relaxing. They were taken out of the activity by an engine driving up to the home, which turned out to be Keanu’s motorcycle.
A few days later Keanu arrived at her house, bringing everything that she hadn’t yet tried as well as some flowers
Keanu noticed the nail polish sitting beside the sofa and, of course, asked for his nails to be painted. Sandra painted his nails black, same as hers. The visit was short as Keanu had a date planned. So he called to say he’d be there soon and left the Bullock residence.
“That’s what I mean that it drives you crazy,” Sandra said. “When I first met him, I would spend as much time as I could filling a silence, just to feel comfortable. And the more I jibber-jabbered on, the quieter he would get. And I thought, I don’t understand what’s happening! He’s looking at me with eyes of confusion. He’s quiet. Did I say something to offend him? And then a day or two later, he would arrive with a note or a little package, saying, ‘I thought about what you said.’ And he would have his response.”
Keanu truly is something else. The thoughtfulness. The consideration. I’d do unspeakable things to have a friend like that. Any volunteers?
He stayed for a short while and, after seeing a few nail polish bottles next to the sofa, he asked Sandra to paint his nails black to match hers
Image credits: Valeriya Kobzar (not the actual photo)
The pair still remain great friends, yet Sandra said in a red-carpet interview with Insider that they only saw each other a couple of times per year. She then jokingly said that she was responsible for tidying up Reeves’ home once a week: “I clean his house every Thursday. I lost a bet when we did Speed, and I said, ‘Well, if it’s not true, I’ll clean your house. I think I’ve done a pretty good job.’”
For those of you who are curious, little Pandas, here’s a bit of trivia. According to Le Grand Courtâge, sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is located just outside of Paris.
Furthermore, Champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Therefore, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. How fascinating is that? Maybe not too much, but I did enjoy the fact!
Sandra said that as the time goes on, the more in awe she, and perhaps the rest of the world, is of the human being that is Keanu
Image credits: Pelageia Zelenina (not the actual photo)
A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, cocoa powder, coconut, or chopped and toasted nuts (typically hazelnuts or almonds), usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape.
There are many varieties of the sweet, yet the smooth texture and richness are what make it so desirable. They’re also quite fun and easy to make at home, so I’ll leave a recipe for all those adventurous enough to try – here.
The thoughtfulness and kindness Keanu brings to everyone he interacts with are a joy to see and be inspired by and we can’t wait to hear more!
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It’s nice to hear stories like these, as they set an example of true thoughtfulness and care we can have for those that we find dear. Of course you don’t have to go out of your way to buy everything that your loved one speaks of – it’s the thought that counts. Especially as, so often, we’re one thought away from making someone’s day better.
Let us know what you thought of this story in the comments. Has a friend in your life surprised you as such? What could be a really fun way to brighten someone’s day? Anyways, I shall leave you to enjoy the rest of your day, Pandas. Until the next one!
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