His day job was zooming through Los Angeles with a flustered Sandra Bullock and a coachload of screaming extras.
Monologuing as the tragic Prince of Denmark, on the other hand, was me-time.
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The 41-year-old's troubles began as a toddler, when his father abandoned his British mother and the family.
His best friend, actor River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose in 1993 and his sister Kim, 39, is fighting leukaemia.
Keanu Reeves has bared his soul about his tragedy-stricken life.
The actor, whose baby daughter was stillborn in 2000 a year before the child's mother died in a car crash, told US magazine Parade he was still grieving.