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Keanu Reeves Interview: John Wick Chapter 4

After being shot by Winston in Parabellum, John Wick: Chapter 4 picks up with Wick taking the fight to the High Table. Wick finds a new path to defeating the High Table and earning his freedom. However, the High Table adds a powerful new weapon to the board in the form of the Marquis Vincent de Gramont. Wick must continue to fight against those hunting him, including an old friend, as he fights to earn his freedom.

Chad Stahelski returns to direct John Wick: Chapter 4. The newest installment features a star-studded returning cast led by Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane. Joining the cast of John Wick: Chapter 4 are powerhouse actors Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Clancy Brown. The John Wick franchise began in 2014 and has grown to an expansive action franchise with four installments, an upcoming prequel television series, The Continental, and the spin-off movie Ballerina.
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Screen Rant spoke with Reeves about John Wick: Chapter 4. He discussed his favorite part of world-building for the franchise and how his skills as an action performer continue to improve with each movie. Reeves also shared his thoughts about working with Donnie Yen.

Keanu Reeves on John Wick: Chapter 4

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Screen Rant: Keanu, John Wick is one of the only film franchises that gets better with every single installment. How have John and the action evolved over the last four films? Has your approach changed to John with the more you learn about him?

Keanue Reeves: I think as I’ve been spending more time on [my movie martial arts], I’m getting a little bit better at them. I’m still not very good, but I try really hard. And that allows the director, with his invention, to do more. Before I did a 180, now I’m going forward into a 180 into reverse with gear change, and then a gun. They’re more complex than they used to be.

Those nunchucks too; you’re pretty proficient at it those bad boys as well. The world-building of John Wick is one of my favorite aspects of the franchise. What’s been your favorite part of the world to explore in John Wick?

Keanue Reeves: I would say one of my favorite parts is the creating of it. Sitting down with the director, visionary Chad Stahelski, “What can we do next?” Which I guess folds into the second half of your question previously, which was how is that expanding? How am I learning more about John Wick? I’m really learning about him more as we develop the story.
It’s almost in real time with the audience in a weird kind of time collapse. “Here’s the idea, we’re gonna go make a movie and share it with you.” That’s all kind of connected as one thing. And so, I got to learn in Chapter Four that I had this friendship with Donnie Yen. I had Hiroyuki Sanada, who’s the manager of the Osaka Continental; we have a past. I’m learning that with the movies, and that’s actually really playful and creative and fun.

I want to talk about Donnie for a second because I love his character Caine. You and Donnie have this lived-in friendship that we already established. Can you talk about working with him on this film?

Keanue Reeves: He’s so good. His action of course is next level. His flavor is so good and skilled, and then just as an artist watching him find the character? He had to play blind, but what he did with that, how it was believable, and how his comedy actually too… He’s very funny. His timing is so good.

All hail the King, Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King. People love him and you’re reteaming with Hiroyuki Sanada, who you’ve worked with on 47 Ronin, is there anybody else from your filmography that you’d like to see enter the John Wick universe?

Keanue Reeves: Peter Stormare was in it, so that’s good. We have that Constantine connection there. Who would be good going back? I just was thinking about Bill & Ted… Madea! I think John Wick and Madea. He has to hide out in a house with Madea.

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Following the events of Parabellum, John Wick has found a new path to defeating the High Table and is taking the fight to them. But before he can try to earn his freedom, a powerful new enemy will turn even more people against Wick, including one of his oldest and most dangerous friends.

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Laurence Fishburne Ian McShane & Lance Reddick Hiroyuki Sanada & Shamier Anderson Chad Stahelski

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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