SXSW 2023: Keanu Reeves reveal favourite ‘John Wick 4’ scene

“Get up, Keanu!”

A plaintive cry got here from the viewers greater than as soon as at Monday’s shock North American premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4” on the South by Southwest Film and TV Festival. The marquee exterior Austin’s Paramount Theatre might have learn “Baba Yaga” earlier than the screening, however the packed, frenzied viewers all knew what they have been there to see.

Director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves have been there with the movie, one other action-packed, fists-flying, guns-blazing epic inside the world of the High Table. And the person on the heart of all of it returned the love.

“Thanks for that experience. You guys are f— awesome,” Reeves informed the gang after the screening.

There have been cheers all through because the story made its approach from New York to the deserts of the Middle East to Berlin to Paris. Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and Lance Reddick all return to their roles from the earlier movies. New to this outing are Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson, Clancy Brown and Scott Adkins.

SXSW’s Claudette Godfrey, left, director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves introduce a particular pageant screening of “John Wick: Chapter 4.”

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Yen’s character of Caine, a blind murderer, gave the impression to be a selected crowd favourite.

Though the “John Wick” franchise is thought for its over-the-top motion, the story has at all times been rooted in an surprising melancholy. The practically three-hour operating time of the brand new movie leaves loads of room to breathe and replicate even amid the numerous, many head pictures.

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Asked about his favourite scene within the film, Reeves selected a quiet character second close to the tip, the place Wick remembers his useless spouse.

“After 8 years of playing the role… that was really special,” stated Reeves. “And also just making the film after a few years, coming back to see Ian McShane and Laurence [Fishburne] and to work with this man again” — he stated, gesturing to Stahelski — “it’s almost like the beginning, like the alpha and the omega and everything in between.”

Stahleski added, “For me it was the first day Keanu came on set. He had the suit back on and it was the first time we were back together in three years. So it was pretty special.”

Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4. Photo Credit: Murray Close

Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4. Photo Credit: Murray Close

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Another query a few specific impact in a spectacular sequence shot that maps the overhead geography of a home requested merely, “How is it not lethal?”

Stahleski stated, “We have a very good stunt team and a very good visual effects team.”

Reeves added, “And months and months of planning. And training.”

Stahelski famous, “A lot of training. More than shooting.”

One query needed to do with the impulse behind the ending — by no means concern, no spoilers right here. Reeves stated throughout the improvement course of they requested themselves, “What was the why?”

“It can’t just be, ‘Let’s do another one,’” Reeves added. “There’s got be a reason, he’s got to have a why.”

Many of the questions from the viewers merely acknowledged Reeves’ longevity as a star and the deep connection he has together with his followers.

Keanu Reeves, attends a Special Screening of "John Wick: Chapter 4."

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There are different initiatives inside the John Wick universe in manufacturing, together with a tv sequence round “The Continental” lodge and a movie referred to as “Ballerina,” starring Ana de Armas.

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Asked if John Wick can be showing within the sequence, Stahelski hedged with a possibly, whereas Reeves stated no. Reeves did add he will likely be making a cameo in “Ballerina.”

One query for Reeves was merely, “Do you age?”

“Yeah, man, I age,” stated Reeves. “It’s happening, man.”