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Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Rewrite Saved The Movie

The changes made to John Wick by Keanu Reeves greatly helped both the film and its ongoing franchise. The action-heavy John Wick, packed with an array of martial arts, arrived as a surprise hit in 2014, and with two released sequels and a third on the way, the anti-hero played by Reeves has become one of the most enduring action movie characters of all time. However, before Reeves took on the role of John Wick, the legendary Baba Yaga was conceived with some significant differences.

When John Wick was originally scripted, John was written as 75 years old, having been a retired assassin for 25 years, and imagined in the vein of Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford. When Keanu Reeves boarded John Wick, he and screenwriter Derek Kolstad modified the script to make John roughly 35 years old. This change not only facilitated Keanu Reeves portraying John Wick, but it also helped John’s story of dealing with grief significantly.

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In John Wick, the former assassin returns to the game after his dog is killed by a gang, which also comes on the heels of John’s wife passing away. With John’s much younger age compared to how he was initially written, his time in retirement was far shorter than the quarter century it had been penned as at first. Yet by making John a man in his mid-30s, Reeves and Kolstad’s rewrite of John Wick made his return to his assassin life much more tragic and endearing as a result.

Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Changes Made The Story Far More Emotional

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The first three John Wick movies all take place over a period of a few weeks or so, with John breaking out his weapons mastery again as his whole world is turned upside down by the chain of events set in motion by his vendetta for his murdered dog. The films also emphasize the life John was living with his wife as a genuine escape and chance to start over for him, which he loses in her passing and then subsequently completely taken from him when the dog she left behind is killed. This peaceful life John had finally achieved for himself was one that he only managed to inhabit for a fairly short time in the totality of his life, making its loss hit much harder.

Had John been a septuagenarian on a revenge mission in John Wick, his 25-year-long retirement would have given John a very extended period of living a life without killing or being subject to the rules of the High Table. The loss of that life would still have been a big one for John, but, at the age he was re-written to be, he clearly feels that loss even more so for how short-lived it was. In some sense, John’s pact with the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) at the end of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum makes the High Table a vendetta of its own, with John vengefully furious that he will not be left to the peace he finally found for himself.

John Wick could have been a throwback to Clint Eastwood’s heyday had his original age been maintained, but it also would have sacrificed much of what ended up making the series so great. John Wick, as a young but very experienced former assassin unable to truly leave his old life in the past, is the foundation of the John Wick franchise. Because of that, the freedom he’d finally found being much briefer was ultimately the best storytelling choice for the series.

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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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