Following John Wick: Chapter 4’s box office success, Keanu Reeves wanted to honor the stuntmen of his film who helped in bringing the action masterpiece to life!
Keanu Reeves honors John Wick 4 stunt crew with a unique gift
As a token of appreciation, the beloved actor honored the John Wick 4 stunt crew with a unique gift, a T-shirt that had the number of deaths each of them faced in the film. As Variety states, the number of death scenes per stunt person is high because the film re-used stunt workers in multiple scenes.
The outlet elaborates on a particular scene in which 35 stunt workers were employed, several of whom had repeated deaths throughout the sequence. “It’s like, of course that’s what you want,” fight coordinator Jeremy Marinas once shared in an interview.
“You want 100 guys falling down the stairs and you want me to make every reaction and fall different. Of course you do. It was like we were just another day at work. We all know how hard it is just to walk up stairs when we don’t want to. Just to think about how well Keanu — not John Wick — Keanu was able to do shooting upwards while stepping. It’s hard enough to be a marksman on flat ground.”
Filming the staircase fight reportedly took seven-night shoot! As the outlet suggests, each stunt man was probably “killed” four or five times each, and “at the end of the shoot Reeves made T-shirts for the stunt performers emblazoned with the number of times they were slain over the course of the entire movie.”
“That look John Wick gives when he looks at his watch and actually looks up the staircase, I think that’s maybe 50 percent John Wick and 50 percent Keanu Reeves going, ‘Ugh, Stahelski did it to me again,’” director Chad Stahelski said of filming the scene. “You got to suffer. That’s what’s fun about John Wick. He suffers and he keeps going.”
In addition to the T-shirts, Reeves gifted his four-man stunt team personalized Rolex Submariner watches as a token of appreciation for their work on the action tentpole. People magazine reported in 2021 that each watch was engraved with a personal message from Reeves to Bruce Concepcion, Jeremy Marinas, Dave Camarillo, and Li Qiang.
Marinas shared a glimpse of the watches on his Instagram Stories, where he described them as the “best wrap gift ever.” John Wick: Chapter 4 is now playing in theaters.
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