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John Wick director talks about directing Donnie Yen vs. Keanu Reaves


A taste of the upcoming John Wick 4 was released during Collider’s directors panel at Comic-Con, with brand new footage of Keanu Reeves battling various villains while attempting to topple the High Table. Reeves engaged in a fight with Donnie Yen, another action actor with a wealth of expertise, in one of the many fight scenes. The two engage in combat armed with guns and swords in a moment action fans have been waiting for years. When producer Chad Stahelski and director JJ Perry got to talking about Perry’s debut film Day Shift, which Stahelski also directed, the conversation naturally led to the latest action movie and the epic battle between Reeves and Yen. Plus, we all know John Wick 5 is on the way because we can’t get enough of Keanu.

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Chad Stahelski appreciated Donnie Yen’s years of experience

In John Wick 4, having Yen was advantageous due to his years of experience. He would give advice to Stahelski and, in the director’s opinion, was extraordinarily quick to understand what was expected of him. Despite being 59, Stahelski remarked that Yen was “still fast as shit,” which added a lot of excitement to the highly anticipated session with Reeves. He said working with the two of them was a strange experience. “So I stand in between. You’ve got Donnie Yen and you’ve got Keanu Reeves, and you’ve all been touching hands, blocking stuff. And you’re like, ‘Holy shit. These are really real. Stahelski was faced with the dilemma of whether to stage a battle that fans were clamoring for and whether to wrap up the John Wick series. He wondered, “How am I going to make this fucking movie?”

Stahelski concluded by promising that the fight scene between Reeves and Yen would be distinctive. Despite the fact that the director was familiar with some of Yen’s signature moves, he still wanted the fight to fit the John Wick universe and over-the-top action while relying on both stars’ acting skills:

So it always comes down to, I can do Donnie Yen’s triple kick. I can do all of that, but you also want to do something different. So you start to sit down, you get there from the character, and you have a lot of discussions with the guys saying, ‘Okay, Donnie is amazing at this. Keanu is amazing in this area. They’re both great actors, so let’s build on that and do something we’ve never seen before. So now this Donnie Yen with a sword and a gun and Keanu with a samurai sword and some guns and throwing an AR-15 and a glass mirror room with Japanese artifacts. And yes, add some dogs and see what happens.

The John Wick series started in 2014 and has become extremely popular

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The John Wick series started with John Wick. Chad Stahelski wrote and directed the 2014 American neo-noir action thriller John Wick. Starring Willem Dafoe and Dean Winters, it also stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan and Ian McShane. This is the first chapter of the John Wick series. The plot centers on former assassin John Wick on his quest to find the perpetrators of a series of events. This included a home invasion, theft of her vintage car, and the murder of her puppy. The last, a last gift from his recently deceased wife. Fans fell in love with the film as well as its sequels. We know the John Wick series for its amazing stunt, action scenes, and protagonist.

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