Keanu Reeves wanted John Wick to 'suffer'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 February 2017
Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves wanted to see John Wick "suffer" during the plot of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' as it was good for "character development"

Keanu Reeves wanted to see John Wick 'suffer'.

The 52-year-old actor stars as the hitman in the eponymously titled 'John Wick' and it's recently released sequel 'John Wick: Chapter 2', and has said he enjoyed exploring a script in which John "literally had to fight for his life", as it meant he could develop his character further.

He said: "We wanted to come to a place that John literally had to fight for his life, and that he's starting to become a little anti-establishment. And that's really where the character starts to develop. It's like the rules and world that he lived by, aren't starting to work for him, and they're not working!

"There are people who are out to get him because of [his] transgressions. And we liked that idea because we like John - when I say 'we' I mean the producers, the writer, the director - we like to see him suffer!"

Keanu also divulged that writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski wanted to end the new movie in a place that left John "vulnerable".

He added to "We wanted to put him in another vulnerable... 'How's he going to get out?! How's he going to survive?! What's it mean?! What's he going to do?!' I don't know! We have some ideas. Maybe he needs to go to Jerusalem! Or he's in the middle of the desert. Or whatever!"

Meanwhile, Keanu recently revealed he would "love" to reprise his role for a third time if there was a demand for it from the audience.

Asked if he would do another 'John Wick' movie, Keanu said: "Absolutely. I love the character and the world. Whether or not I get the chance to do another chapter is really up to the audience.

"If they enjoy what we did - and hopefully they do, fingers-crossed, I really dig it - but if they do enjoy it, then I'll have the chance to continue the story of the character and the world."

John Wick: Chapter 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chad Stahelski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane
  • UK release: 17 February 2017

John Wick (Reeves) is back, dealing with the global assassins’ network and handing out ass-kickings to all that stand in his way. The original was lean and focused but this stretches over two hours, and the guy was tired of this life prior to part one; maybe it’s time to give him a break.

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