‘John Wick 4, for Keanu Reeves 380 words in three hours of film



John Wick he is a man of few words. Indeed, very few. The fourth chapter of the action saga with Keanu Reeves begun in 2014, which is breaking the bank at the box office, lasts two hours and 49 minutes, during which ours pronounces only 380 words. To tell the curiosity is the Wall Street Journal which also contains a clarification from the director Chad Stahelski.

Half the dialogues gone

“In the first chapter, which lasts one hour and 36 minutes, Mr. Reeves speaks a total of 484 words. At 169 minutes, the fourth episode approaches three hours, with John Wick speaking only 380 words. About a 10 percent are contained in the trailer of the film which makes the hero seem almost a chatterbox. Wick speaks more in that two and a half minute clip than in the first 25 minutes of the film, “explains the director, pointing out that it was Keanu Reeves himself to remove almost half of his character’s dialogue present in the first draft of the screenplay.

One word answers

To give an example: the scene where John Wick is the villain Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgard) agree on the rules of their duel was scripted with Wick having 50 percent of the dialogue in the scene. Reeves made sure that his character has only a few one-word responses in the scene, including “gun” and “no quarter”.

“It’s a shock when you work with him how dedicated he is to not talking,” she told the Wall Street Journal the co-writer of the film Michael Finch.


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The 16-word sentence

John Wick’s longest line in the film is just one: “You and I left a good life behind us a long time ago, my friend,” says John Wick to his friend Shimazu Kojithe leader of theOsaka Continental Hotel interpreted by Hiroyuki Sanada.

Few words, lots of action

Of course, what John Wick lacks in dialogue it more than makes up for in action scenes, where Reeves’ body is put to the test. It is no coincidence that the actor has defined John Wick: Chapter 4 the hardest action movie i ever had to make.

Stunts to the limit

Keanu Reeves, who is 58, spent nearly three months training solely for the stunts to be performed in the film. The most challenging thing to prepare was a car scene, in which his character runs around the historian Arch of Triumph to Paris. The actor had to learn to spin while he reloaded his gun and fired out the window. Of course without talking.


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