John Wick Set Visit Preview
by Jim Vejvoda
Keanu Reeves plays the title role in the new hit man movie John Wick, where he stars as a former mob assassin who emerges from retirement to get revenge on some New York gangsters who took everything from him. We will debut the very first trailer for John Wick this Friday, September 12th, at 8am PT.
IGN's Scott Collura visited the set of John Wick last December, where Reeves reunited with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the director and producer, respectively, of the film who also worked on the stunts of The Matrix films with the actor (Stahelski was one of Neo’s stunt doubles, in fact). The pair are making the jump to filmmaking with John Wick, and their old friend Keanu is coming along for the ride.
During a break from filming, Reeves sits down to chat with IGN. Be mindful of some SPOILERS:
“John Wick has a past,” says Reeves. “He was an assassin, a very accomplished assassin, which Michael Nyqvist's character Viggo describes as the bogeyman, or rather the guy you would send in after the bogeyman. When we meet him in the film, he's put that aside. He fell in love. He met someone, Helen, and he got married; he got out of it. Then circumstances arise where she passes away from a mysterious illness. … But anyway, in his grief, she ends up sending him a dog. … So what happens is, this guy, his past has come back and this darkness that's inside John. To me, the film is also about grief. John goes to this place to reclaim the moment of his grief, to go back. This kid has robbed him of the gift from his dead wife, something that gave him a semblance of hope, an opportunity to move on, to grieve. So John reclaims his life back, but in a very Old Testament way.”
Ultimately, Reeves also brings some of his trademark Zen sensibilities to John Wick and his interpretation of the character’s journey.
“The film has elements of fate, double life, the past, character,” he says. “Does your character change? Can it change? It also has an idea of the shadow; the shadow world, the shadow of self. … He goes to his former self to reclaim his present, his enlightened self. So maybe there's a dialogue that's there. Maybe the film is kind of pitching this dialogue. The thing about it is that the dark side is successful.”