It’s been revealed that Keanu Reeves, the star of John Wick: Chapter 4, gave some pretty kickass gifts to his stun crew, which is again more proof that he is the kindest and coolest man working in Hollywood today. Chapter 4 has been doing incredibly well at the box office since it was released.
The movie has been performing well both in the United States and internationally. It seems as though people just cannot get enough of Reeves and his take on John Wick. Sadly, it seems as though Chapter 4 could be the last time we all get to see him play the role on the big screen.
We recently published our review of John Wick: Chapter 4, and to cut a rather long review short, we absolutely loved the movie! I thought it was one of the best movies in the franchise. It was action-packed and some of the scenes in the movie really took my breath away – quite literally in some cases.
Keanu Reeves gave his John Wick 4 stunt crew kickass gifts
A new report from The New York Times has revealed that Reeves ended up gifting the film’s stunt crew with t-shirts that had the number of deaths each stunt person faced in the movie. For some of the stunt crew, that number was above 20. That’s a lot of times John Wick killed them!
Why so many death scenes per one stunt person in the fourth John Wick movie? It’s because John Wick: Chapter 4 re-used stunt workers in multiple scenes. Take the staircase fight scene on the steps of Montmartre in Paris, for instance. In that scene, Reeves’ John Wick fights bad guys as he races up the 222 steps leading to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
However, he ended up being pushed back down to the bottom of the steps and has to do it all over again. It was revealed that the production used 35 stunt workers, many of whom had repeated deaths in the scene. Here’s what the movie’s fight coordination, Jeremy Marinas told The Times about the moment director Chad Stahelski told him about the staircase scene.
It’s like, of course that’s what you want. You want 100 guys falling down the stairs and you want me to make every reaction and fall different. Of course you do. It was like we were just another day at work.
He then went on to add:
We all know how hard it is just to walk up stairs when we don’t want to. Just to think about how well Keanu — not John Wick — Keanu was able to do shooting upwards while stepping. It’s hard enough to be a marksman on flat ground.
The stunt work in John Wick 4 is incredible
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Moreover, The New York Times also revealed that the staircase fight took seven nights to shoot. Each stunt man was probably “killed” four or five times each, and “at the end of the shoot Reeves made T-shirts for the stunt performers emblazoned with the number of times they were slain over the course of the entire movie.”
Stahelski revealed that Reeves performed every stunt as it pertained to John Wick ascending the staircase. As for the 44-second fall down the stairs, that was where stunt double Vincent Bouillon came in handy. Here’s what the director had to say on the matter:
That look John Wick gives when he looks at his watch and actually looks up the staircase, I think that’s maybe 50 percent John Wick and 50 percent Keanu Reeves going, ‘Ugh, Stahelski did it to me again. You got to suffer. That’s what’s fun about John Wick. He suffers and he keeps going.
This isn’t actually the first time that Reeves offered gifts to his John Wick stunt team. It was revealed by People magazine that in 2021 that Reeves marked the end of production on the film by gifting his four-man stunt team personalized Rolex Submariner watches as a thank you for their hard work on the upcoming action movie. Reeves’ stunt team on the film was made up of Bruce Concepcion, Jeremy Marinas, Dave Camarillo and Li Qiang.
Here’s what People magazine had to say on the matter:
The inside of each watch was engraved with personal messages to each individual from the actor. Marinas shared a look at the watches in his Instagram Stories, calling it the ‘best wrap gift ever’ and revealing his watch read ‘The John Wick Five’ along with the message, ‘Jeremy Thank you Keanu JW4 2021.’
What do you make of this news? Are you hopeful that we’ll get to see John Wick: Chapter 5? Do you think Keanu Reeves will play the role again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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