Keanu Reeves impressed John Wick sequel director with martial arts talents
Keanu Reeves' martial arts skills have earned him high praise from John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski.
The actor has been studying with the best fighting experts in Hong Kong for the past two decades and the filmmaker insists the dedication really paid off in Keanu's upcoming sequel.
Though stunt doubles are used in many action films, Stahelski insisted on using Reeves as much as possible - and he was delighted his leading man could keep up with the tough scenes.
"You go (and) watch any of the great Hong Kong guys, (you’re watching) wider shots; you’re watching an extremely talented individual," the director tells Empire. "If you’re using fast editing to hide things, I call bulls**t. That’s cheating.
"Luckily, we have a cast member that can do it. Keanu’s been doing martial arts for 25 years. He’s been trained by us, he’s been trained by Yuen Wo Ping. He’s been trained by Chen Yen."
And Stahelski knows what he's talking about - before he stepped behind the camera to make movies, he was a top kickboxer and stunt performer. He also worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California.
Keanu has already impressed his The Whole Truth co-star Renee Zellweger with the work he put in for the John Wick sequel - she was left stunned by an online video of the actor gun-training for the film.
In the footage, the actor runs around an outdoor shooting range firing off shots at targets and he appears to hit every one.
"That's impressive," the actress said during a recent junket interview with Reeves. "I didn't know you could do that. I might have to take another look at that."