John Wick star Keanu Reeves is universally considered a pretty cool guy. Maybe it’s his contagious laughterher flowing locksor its management a litter of golden retriever puppies. His roles as a stoic hitman in John Wick, a stoic supernatural detective in Constantine, or a lovable asshole in Cyberpunk 2077 don’t do justice to the man’s likability in the real world. And we keep getting more and more evidence that Reeves is just as much a delight behind the scenes as he is on screen, as the Canadian-born actor seems to have gifted the John Wick: Chapter 4 the stunt team a bunch of awesome memories.
I was killed by John Wick and all I got was a lot of cool/expensive stuff, actually
According to New York Times, Reeves outfitted his stunt team with t-shirts revealing the number of times they “died” while filming John Wick: Chapter 4 fight scenes. The stunt coordinator told the NYT that some members of the 35-person stunt team were missed alive by Wick several times during the nearly three-hour action movie. Rogers estimated that one stuntman in particular died a total of five or six times during Wick’s Myth of the Sisyphean stair fight scene. Along with gifting his stunt team shirts with their deaths, Reeves also appears to have given his stunt team $10,000 Rolexes with ‘The John Wick Five’ engraved on them.
Reeves’ show of appreciation for his cast and crew went beyond gift-giving. Behind-the-scenes John Wick 4 footage on TikTok shows the action movie star helping his production team take boxes of equipment up the stairs of the Sacred Heart.
This stair fall was 50% movie magic, 50% real life bumps
For those curious if Reeves actually made that painful stair bump, it was actually his stunt double, Vincent Bouillon, who took the plunge. While some of the steps had hidden padding that was digitally removed using visual effects, Bouillon and the rest of the stuntmen still had to bear the brunt of the impact without soft landings. Falling down the 300 steps of the Sacred Heart is a small price to pay for a Rolex and a Bouillon gifted by Keanu Reeves more than deserved.
“Apart from a few bumps and bruises,” Rogers told the NYT he was proud that no member of the stunt team suffered a concussion while filming that pivotal fight scene. there was “no concussion” among the stunt team. The film ended up using Bouillon’s second take when he fell down the stairs because he got stuck on a railing on his first attempt, according to director Chad Stahelski. To maintain continuity, Stahelski told the NYT he “still has to throw Mr. Reeves down some stairs.”
“That look that John Wick gives when he looks at his watch and looks up the stairs, I think that’s maybe 50% John Wick and 50% Keanu Reeves saying, ‘Ugh, Stahelski me the did it again,'” Stahelski said. “You gotta hurt. That’s the fun thing about John Wick. He hurts and he keeps going.
I think I speak for everyone when I say I knock on wood everyday praying the only skeletons in Reeves’ closet are just a bunch of props he stole from a film set. As for Reeves’ upcoming projects, the “stunning” actor is set to star in Constantine 2the John Wick spin-off Ballerinaand reprises his role as swaggering rockstar Johnny Silverhand in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Expansion.
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