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When John Wick Movies Swap In Reeves’ Stuntman Explained By Director

The director behind John Wick explains what goes into deciding when a stuntman steps in for Keanu Reeves. Since 2014, Reeves has starred in three John Wick films with a fourth releasing later this month, all helmed by the stuntman turned-director Chad Stahleksi. Over the years, the John Wick film series has featured many exciting action sequences involving its eponymous assassin, with Reeves famously performing the majority of his own stunts.

During a recent interview with Jake’s Takes ahead of John Wick: Chapter 4’s release date, Stahleksi explained what goes into deciding when a stuntman steps in for Reeves.

The John Wick director praised Reeves’ proficiency at performing stunts, including martial arts choreography and driving, though there are some specific instances where he draws the line and won’t put his lead star in danger, and Reeves always agrees. Read Stahleksi’s full explanation below:

We try not to light cast on fire, but if you were comfortable and we rehearsed it, I would put a small burn on​ your leg and we’d go over. It depends on my gauging of you, if I think you’re a capable human and you’re comfortable with it, that no longer becomes a stunt, it’s a special ability. It’s when you go outside of what I think your limitations or capabilities are. Some people’s capabilities exceed their limitations. Like Keanu, as far as martial arts choreography and driving goes, he is better in a car than I ever was as a stunt double. He does more choreography and executes the memorization of the moves, safety with the gun thing, better than I would say 95 to 98 percent of any stunt person I’ve ever seen. So when he fights is that a stunt? It has a stunt element to it, it is action-based, but do I think his capabilities exceed what we would think the limitations? Yes, he’s absolutely qualified. Now if I were going to have Keanu get hit by a car, that’s where we draw the line. Even a talented stunt double getting hit by a car, there is a chance something goes wrong, there’s a chance you get nicked or the angle is wrong and you land on your head and then that’s a bad thing or you sprain an ankle on the down or something like that’s a no-go.

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Why Keanu Reeves Does His Own Stunts in John Wick

Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick 4

Like his fellow action star Tom Cruise, Reeves has maintained a reputation for doing his own stunts even as he nears 60 years of age and has admitted to enjoying the adrenaline rush that comes with it. According to Reeves himself, he performed about 90 percent of his own stunts in the first John Wick movie and even more, about 95 percent, in John Wick: Chapter 2. Having a star that does his own stunts gives Stahleksi a lot more creative freedom when crafting shots and long takes especially as, most of the time, he isn’t required to hide a stunt double’s face during a scene, which makes the action experience much more immersive and convincing for the audience.

Previously his stunt double in The Matrix trilogy, Stahleksi and Reeves already had a strong rapport going into John Wick regarding stunts. Just like each installment in the action series, John Wick: Chapter 4 is upping the ante in terms of its stunts and fight choreography. Reeves spent nearly three months training for John Wick: Chapter 4, including using nunchucks and even more stunt car training, as revealed by a behind-the-scenes video. The result should be another insanely action-packed sequel when John Wick: Chapter 4 releases in theaters on March 24.

More: John Wick 4 Is Already Creating A Big Action Challenge For John Wick 5

Source: Jake’s Takes

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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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