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How The Matrix & John Wick’s Stunt Training Compares For Keanu Reeves

Ahead of his return to the gun-toting franchise, Keanu Reeves is reflecting on how the John Wick and Matrix movies’ stunt training compare to each other. The sci-fi action series was largely considered to be Reeves’ return to the spotlight after a string of box office failures, putting him on track to being a leading man again in the likes of Constantine and The Lake House, among others. After another streak of misses, Reeves would enjoy his biggest resurgence yet with the John Wick franchise, starring as the eponymous assassin.

In honor of the new film’s upcoming release, Lionsgate and Keanu Reeves hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit to promote John Wick: Chapter 4. One user took to asking whether the star prefers the kung fu training of The Matrix or the jiu-jitsu for the John Wick movies, to which Reeves gave a diplomatic answer on why they’re both very special for him, though seemingly teasing he prefers the latter. See what Reeves explained below:

…Nothing can ever compare to the kung fu training from the Matrix because it was so unique and my first time…but the jiu-jitsu in John Wick being integrated with judo and gunfights can never be touched in its own way.

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Why John Wick’s Action Is Better Than The Matrix’s

Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4

At the time of its release, the original Matrix movie was widely praised for its innovative computer effects and its martial arts sequences, namely its use of wire-fu techniques, helping popularize Hong Kong-inspired fights in other Hollywood productions. Its various sequels, however, suffered from weaker reviews criticizing the increasingly convoluted plotlines and an imbalance between its ambitious themes and stylish action sequences. Reeves has spoken before about his dedication to his training for The Matrix was a special experience for him, especially as he had been coming off of a surgery that led to some difficulties.

On the other hand, the John Wick movies brought back the action genre from its slump thanks to its direct approach to both its story and action, which has largely consisted of gun fu, a combination of hand-to-hand and firearm combat. Though having roots in Hong Kong cinema and somewhat featured in The Matrix, Reeves’ newest franchise is largely hailed as the best example of how to make it work. This succes has even led to a number of similar genre fare, including Atomic Blonde and Bullet Train, both helmed by John Wick alum David Leitch, and Nobody, penned by franchise creator Derek Kolstad.

While the two may share the same star and martial arts roots, the John Wick stunt training remains largely more effective than The Matrix for most audiences. Subsequent Matrix sequels frequently moved away from the wire-fu stunts of the original towards CGI-driven set pieces, inspired by the Wachowskis’ love of anime, which ultimately took away from the stakes of their action scenes in an attempt to raise the scale. As John Wick: Chapter 4 looks to be the biggest installment yet with its March 24 release, one can hope their success with practical action continues and avoids The Matrix’s mistakes.

More: John Wick 4 Is Already Creating A Big Action Challenge For John Wick 5Source: Lionsgate/Reddit

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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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