Keanu Reeves On ‘John Wick 3,’ The Return Of Invoice and Ted, And His Love For Will Smith’s ‘Wild Wild West’

Keanu Reeves On ‘John Wick 3,’ The Return Of Invoice and Ted, And His Love For Will Smith’s ‘Wild Wild West’

On ‘John Wick 3’ And Return Of ‘Invoice and Ted’

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I don’t know if Keanu Reeves hates doing interviews – and I believe he very effectively may – but it surely’s fairly apparent they take so much out of him. True story: a couple of years in the past, at Sundance, I used to be ready to speak to Eli Roth when, out of the blue, Keanu Reeves, who had simply completed doing a spherical of interviews, pulled as much as a seat at my desk, put his head down and went to sleep. Keanu Reeves has the everliving shit beat out of him making these John Wick films (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum comes out subsequent week) but it’s press tour interviews which you could see bodily draining his power. And right here I used to be, late on a Sunday afternoon, Reeves’ final interview after a 3 day press occasion.

However the factor is, not like different folks in his place, he can nonetheless be playful and enjoyable, even when you possibly can inform he’s bodily and mentally drained. After I talked about his position in Ron Howard’s Parenthood, of all issues, his eyes lit up – an apparent signal Parenthood hadn’t been talked about this weekend, so there was one thing new to speak about. Which then leads mainly to a Vaudeville routine during which each of us attempt to keep in mind his character’s identify in Parenthood earlier than I lastly cave and simply look it up on my telephone.

The factor I’ve observed about Keanu Reeves is in case you ask him if he’s seen one thing, the reply is most certainly no. Did he see that video of Will Smith breaking down why he handed on The Matrix? No, however Reeves had some particulars so as to add (together with his, no joke, love for Wild Wild West). Had he seen the viral video of him sharing a trip with different stranded passengers after a canceled flight? Once more, no, however he additionally appears irritated that was put on the web within the first place. (The earlier time I interviewed Reeves I requested him if he had ever seen Pace 2: Cruise Management. He responded, deadpan and hilariously, “I haven’t but.”)

And when the following installment of Invoice and Ted is introduced up, he appears genuinely excited. However, first, I couldn’t resist quoting certainly one of my private favourite Reeves traces, from Man of Tai Chi.

I nonetheless typically say, “You owe me a life.”

You owe me a life!

Donaka Mark.

You owe me a life!

I really feel like on this film that line might be used if it wasn’t used already.

Yeah, a bit Man of Tai Chi, Donaka Mark. Yeah, I don’t know if they’ve similarities…

I don’t suppose the characters do, however the theme.

However there’s something to it of actuality and one other hyper-reality, one other world.

I’m stretching. Any excuse to say that, I’m going to say it.

You owe me a life!

I spoke to you for the primary John Wick and the priority then was “Are folks going to love this?” Issues have modified.

Yeah, yeah it’s been actually particular. You hope folks like what you do – and also you hope that much more if you love what you’re doing. I like the John Wick movies. I like enjoying John Wick.

Properly, it feels like they beat you up in these films.

Yeah, and I just like the struggling of John Wick, and coming again and surviving.

Nevertheless it needs to be grueling.

However the grueling is the present, proper? That a part of it – the time it takes, the trouble, all of the inventive – there’s a lot collaboration within the motion and other people working collectively. It’s such a pleasure.

There’s a scene with a knife struggle inside a knife retailer. For me, that was a, “Oh, that’s a brand new one” second. To be clear, it’s not that I haven’t seen characters throw knives earlier than in films.

Proper, however not like that.

However not like that.

Properly, we had been making an attempt to do John Wick motion, however to open it up and put it into completely different conditions. And to, yeah, I’d simply say open up the complexity and have completely different environments. So I’m glad you respect that.

Had been you truly throwing knives?

Yeah, there’s some actual knives. We threw some rubber knives after which we had an empty hand, so there’s some CG knives and rubber knives. We skilled with rubber knives and I skilled with actual knives. So we had been making an attempt to get the method and the way you’ll throw. I don’t suppose I’m actually good at it, however I used to be okay. And I used to be additionally training strategies the place you didn’t spin the knife.

Wouldn’t it’s scary to be “good” at one thing an murderer does, throwing knives?

No, it will be superior.

Then you can be an murderer.

That’s the enjoyable of playtime, proper? Attending to be different folks and do different issues as an actor.

So if you throw a knife it doesn’t at all times stick within the wall?

No, no, no.

You possibly can’t simply fling it willy-nilly?

No, no, no. I imply, in case you get fortunate, however if you wish to enhance your probabilities of placing the sharp finish into no matter you’re aiming at, you need to apply. There’s method. And particularly in case you don’t need to spin the knife.

Wait, you don’t need to spin the knife? I believed you probably did need to spin.

No. There are occasions the place you need it to show, after which I used to be simply stuff the place you don’t have it flip.

What’s the distinction?


It goes additional when it spins?

Yeah. I imply, you need to deal with a knife a distinct approach.


This third John Wick seems like again to fundamentals. The second film had a number of world-building.

It does, but it surely’s solely easy since you had the background from chapter two.

This one is, “He’s on the run, go get him.”

Proper, you’ve heard in regards to the excessive desk, and also you knew the conflict of the Continentals, in order that world-building was performed, so we might simply transfer in to then. For John Wick’s journey, yeah, he’s being chased. However then it takes a flip within the third act, don’t you suppose?

I do.

There’s a bit complexity there.

Having seen three of those now, I at all times surprise this: What do you suppose John Wick does in his free time? What are his hobbies? Aside from that he loves his canine.

Within the first script that they had John Wick described as working with outdated leather-bound books and e book restoration.


Yeah, we filmed it. It’s not within the film, however we filmed it.

See, that’s nice. He’s received a pastime.

Yeah, he had a pastime and a vocation. That’s what he did. Finest case, sure, his spouse had handed, and that’s what he had determined to do as soon as he received out after the unimaginable process, that was his vocation.

How lengthy do you need to preserve doing these? As a result of it’s arrange for extra.

It’s not likely as much as me.

It’s a bit as much as you.

Properly, finally. However the alternative to do it was as much as the viewers, proper? And that’s as much as if whether or not we made a movie that individuals take pleasure in or not.

Properly, I feel the opinions are going to be superb for this and individuals are going to like it.

Yeah, knock on wooden. Fingers crossed. For me it will simply be relying on the story and who’s the director. I like the position, so I’d like to play it.

How do you’re feeling about that bus video popping out?

What’s the bus video?

The one had been you took a shuttle when the aircraft wasn’t working…

We had been within the cab. It was the cab. Yeah, it was the motive force and 5 different folks.

I’m watching it and I keep in mind pondering that is very nice, however then I began feeling like this was a personal second, then I felt dangerous watching it.

I haven’t seen it. I didn’t know somebody videoed – I heard any individual had performed some video, however I don’t know the way a lot that they had performed or not.

Nevertheless it appeared like a personal second, and I felt sort of dangerous watching it.

Oh yeah? No, I imply, that’s most likely not very cool, proper?

You had been simply making an attempt to take pleasure in your cab trip.

Somebody being spying. Yeah. Yeah, I assume that’s like an invasion of privateness. They didn’t ask me.

I used to be questioning if somebody had requested.

No. No. Anyway. They had been good folks. We had been in it collectively. We had a pleasant automobile trip.


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