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Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski's Oral History of Action Game-Changer John Wick

The star and director of John Wick go deep on their long history – they met on The Matrix! – bringing the Wick world to life, and making some of cinema's most memorable action moments.

by | May 9, 2019 | Comments

The story of New York’s stylish and deadly Baba Yaga began in Sydney, Australia where Keanu Reeves and then stunt-double Chad Stahelski met while shooting The Matrix in the 1990s. There, the two men formed a strong bond and drew a great deal of influence from Matrix directors the Wachowski siblings. More than a decade later, they would be working together again on the first John Wick film, with Reeves in the lead role and Stahelski as co-director with David Leitch (Stahelski would go on to direct Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, solo). What drew them to the story of the assassin who loses everything? How did they go about creating the hyper-reality of the John Wick world and the rules-ridden universe of the Continental? And how did they choose their heartbreakingly cute, furry little co-star? In this exclusive, in-depth interview, Reeves and Stahelski talk about first working together, developing and shooting John Wick, and how they created one of the most exciting original franchises of the last decade.


John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opens in theaters on May 17.

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