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Keanu Reeves on John Wick’s State of Thoughts and the Challenges of Chapter 4

I’ve to start this text on a somber word, acknowledging the current demise of the nice Lance Reddick, who sadly handed away on Match 17, simply a few weeks after I spoke to him and his co-stars on the John Wick: Chapter 4 junket. You’ll see a few quotes from Reddick beneath, who introduced his innate aura of confidence and authority you felt all through his work to the function of Charon within the John Wick movies and shall be vastly missed.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is sort of an accomplishment, filling its 169 minute working time with some actually phenomenal and jaw-dropping motion sequences which are superb to behold. The Wick collection has confirmed to be an particularly spectacular franchise, with three crowd-pleasing hit movies in a row and a brand new one which appears poised for even better success and is already boasting some terrific opinions.

Learn on for what Keanu Reeves, franchise director Chad Stahelski and returning forged members Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Laurence Fishburne needed to say about what has stored the collection so fashionable, the backstories of the supporting characters, and the psyche of Mr. John Wick.


Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4

Fandom lately requested scientific psychologist Dr. Drea Letamendi to supply a psychological profile of John Wick, primarily based on what we’ve seen of the character within the first three movies and his notably laser targeted and deadly strategy. That is, in any case, a man who’s now going into his fourth movie of what’s a moderately insane killing spree – albeit of different contract killers and criminals – all of which was motivated by the demise of his canine within the first movie.

At one level, Dr. Drea wrote, of John Wick’s neverending physique rely:

Wick’s wiring turns into extra attuned to dissociation, emotional numbness, cognitive narrowness, and neutrality towards violence, all permitting for improved meticulousness for the craft. The approach to life, nevertheless psychologically hazardous, makes him sharper, sooner, higher.

Instructed a few of Dr. Drea’s evaluation, Keanu Reeves replied, “I’d say that the dissociative practices or wiring occurred in his youth and childhood and upbringing. I’d counter that he doesn’t have emotional numbness utterly. So I’d say that he’s compartmentalized. Clearly, due to his ardour, his love for his spouse, I really feel that he’s very emotional however I imagine that this different character, John Wick, does function a… not dissociative, however there may be dumbness or… I don’t know, it will get tough. So I agree and I disagree. It will be a dialog. However not mistaken!”

Dr. Drea had famous that you just see John Wick’s lighter aspect (comparatively talking) in his bond with characters like Winston and Charon and, after all, by his love of canine, from the tragically murdered Daisy to the unnamed canine who’s accompanied him on a number of adventures now and the way that latter trait displays the optimistic attributes of pet remedy. Reeves mentioned he loved enjoying these moments and elaborated on his point out of John Wick as a separate id, observing, “I truly consider the character as two characters. I really feel like there’s John the person, the husband. After which there’s John Wick the murderer. And I feel that these two components of this individual, this character, haven’t been synthesized. And I really feel like John Wick: Chapter 4 is about that synthesizing… That integration.”

Stated director Chad Stahelski, of John’s mind-set, “I feel generally emotional numbness can even have the reciprocal aspect of being overly attuned to emotion. And that may be a driving drive as nicely. I feel John Wick is in a little bit little bit of a conundrum about what he actually desires, and what the consequences of that [are]. I feel he’s barely blind to the ramifications or penalties. As you may inform on this film, it’s about penalties.”

Stahelski elaborated, “John thinks he’s the hero of his personal story, however what he’s doing is disrupting different individuals’s lives and other people pay the implications for his actions. What’s that? Narcissistic? Is that psychopathic? We at all times chuckle after we’re doing one other scene with John like, ‘Okay, how are we making him appear to be the jerk this time?’ As a result of that’s actually what he does, it’s simply Keanu does it in such a captivating method you overlook that this is often because he form of overreacted within the first film and he couldn’t take care of grief a sure method. So yeah, that’s in all probability an attention-grabbing psychological evaluation.”


The John Wick collection is a rarity in Hollywood, starting as a comparatively small first movie that discovered success to a franchise the place every movie has made greater than the earlier one.

Replying to a fan query from CinderHella2024, asking if the John Wick crew have been stunned by the practically decade-long recognition they’ve maintained, Stahelski replied, “Utterly shocked. Keanu and our little artistic crew,  we simply attempt to make motion pictures that we wish to see. We draw from movies we love. Samurai movies, westerns… and the truth that we throw all of it collectively and different individuals like it’s form of tripping us out a little bit bit. Like who’re all you loopy individuals? We’re very lucky, however nonetheless can’t imagine it. You by no means know. John Wicks don’t come throughout very nicely on paper. Kill 80 individuals for a pet, ninjas on bikes… Let’s have him trip a horse by Brooklyn after which we’ll do it in a desert after which we’ll throw him down 200 stairs. These don’t ever look like nice concepts whenever you’re pitching them so that you by no means know the way it’s going to come back out.”

Ian McShane, who’s performed Continental Resort supervisor Winston for the reason that first movie, remarked, of John Wick’s recognition, “I feel you’re at all times stunned. It was a terrific independent-type film with quite a lot of good actors, a fantastic script, and it was an thrilling factor and we did it and that was it. Two years later, right here we go once more. After which immediately, two years later, there we go once more,” noting he and Reddick had simply additionally completed work on the spinoff movie Ballerina as nicely.

Ian McShane as Winston in John Wick: Chapter 4

Added McShane, “Exhibits develop their very own form of momentum and this did, however I feel that’s largely on account of Keanu and Chad being so concerned,” including he felt the scripts had additionally maintained the beloved qualities of the primary one. “It’s a tough factor to do, however I feel they’ve managed it fairly nicely over the last decade that we’ve been doing it.”

Laurence Fishburne joined the John Wick collection with the second movie, reuniting along with his Matrix co-star Reeves in his function because the Bowery King. For his half, the actor mentioned he wasn’t that stunned by John Wick discovering such a loyal viewers, “As a result of I do know that Keanu and Chad and their entire crew, they set an intention that with every film that they’d make, they’d elevate the stakes just a bit bit extra each time and attempt to do one thing that was a little bit sudden, was a little bit higher than the final time. And so they’ve been profitable at that. And this film is actually the payoff of all of the arduous work from 1 to 2 to 3. This film… It’s big.”

When Reeves heard me say the Wick movies hold gaining in recognition, he didn’t wish to jinx the fourth movie, saying, “Hopefully it good points in recognition, as a result of we made it with love, and we hope that individuals respect what we did, as a result of it’s for you… and us! However sure, completely stunned. And grateful.”


Lance Reddick as Charon in John Wick: Chapter 4

Winston, Charon, and the Bowery King are amongst a really small circle John Wick has been in a position to flip to for assist because it appears practically each different murderer on Earth – and within the John Wick world, wow are there quite a lot of assassins – has tried to kill him. The character of the movies and their deal with John’s predicaments and the thrilling method he will get out of them imply there’s not a ton of time to get particulars in regards to the supporting gamers, with small particulars sprinkled in for the viewers to ponder.

Stated Lance Reddick, of what he’s noticed about Charon, “Right here’s what’s actually attention-grabbing about that. On my first day of the primary movie – I at all times say ‘my first day on the primary movie’ however I labored sooner or later on that movie! – however the very first thing that Chad got here as much as me [to say] by way of path, he simply mentioned that you just at all times wish to get the sense that irrespective of how genteel and poised Charon is that if one thing went down, he may attain underneath the desk and seize a shotgun and maintain enterprise. Curiously sufficient, I had been serious about that earlier than we began taking pictures. So when he mentioned that to me, it was form of a pleasant affirmation. So when the chance truly got here up for that to occur in John Wick 3, it was not solely a pleasing shock, but it surely simply felt very a lot in character.”

McShane mentioned he felt it solely made sense that when you run a lodge for assassins you’d must have your personal abilities, grinning as he instructed Reddick that, when it got here to Charon and Winston, “Charming as they’re, it’s important to the outside of Ricardo Montalban [in Fantasy Island] and the inside of Bruce Lee.”

A youthful Winston shall be seen within the upcoming collection The Continental, performed byColin Woodell , although McShane mentioned he knew nothing about that model. Nonetheless, McShane and Reddick famous that they’d truly mentioned the historical past between their characters, with Reddick explaining they each agreed it went again a long time.

Stated McShane, “They’re a formidable duo, however they don’t need to show something. That’s the nice factor. They don’t have to point out off. We run the lodge. ‘Something you want?’ So it’s form of like floor appeal, however don’t f**ok with what’s beneath, you understand?”

Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King in John Wick: Chapter 4

We all know little in regards to the Bowery King’s background but it surely does stand out that he managed to outlive an assassination try by eventual ally John Wick, which Fishburne mentioned actually appeared to determine him as “A reasonably powerful motherf**ker.”

Past that, Fishburne mentioned he hadn’t contemplated a lot of his character’s backstory, explaining, “I don’t must spend an entire lot of time serious about any of that, actually, as a supporting participant on this factor. Significantly with this Chapter 4, my job is to set the desk for what you’re about to expertise. So I’ve that kind of Dante-esque form of poem I begin with and convey you into the world, reintroduce you to John, with the complete intention of letting you understand that he’s prepared, he’s sturdy, he’s ready and there shall be there shall be plenty of whoopass happening.”


The motion sequences in John Wick: Chapter 4 are unbelievable and contain so many various components – together with tons of actors, stunt performers, units, props, and far more – it’s moderately astounding to behold.

Responding to a fan query from kikisbinky about what essentially the most difficult scene was to drag off, Reeves replied, “To start with, the challenges are the items, proper? And I’d simply say the entire thing. There was such an ambition with the imaginative and prescient and the hope for what we may do. And so with the coaching and the physicality of the function, and that it passed off over seven months of filming it, it was simply having the ability to do it day after day.”

Stahelski agreed the movie, begin to end, was fairly a problem however did suppose one sequence stood out, specifically a scene that finds John preventing a ton of opponents at Paris’ Arc de Triomphe each on foot and behind the wheel of a automobile.

Stated Stahelski, “Simply having that many automobiles, that many individuals, that many stunts, a canine and gunfire in the midst of all this visitors is at all times a little bit tough. Folks overlook that Keanu is driving that automobile and he’s at 45-50 miles an hour and that’s oncoming visitors. And Keanu is weaving by these stunt drivers. Granted, we’ve sure methods to distinguish what lane to remain in. However the penalty of lacking is fairly epic. It’s a head on collision at 35-40 miles an hour. So that you’re a little bit puckered up behind the monitor going, ‘Don’t miss, don’t miss, don’t miss!’”

John Wick: Chapter 4 opens March 24.

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