Keanu Reeves Cuts John Wick 4 Dialogue, Speaks Only 380 Words In Nearly 3 Hours
Keanu Reeves cuts john wick 4 dialogue, speaks only 380 words in nearly 3 hours.Keanu Reeveshas been known for his stoic performances as John Wick, but in the latest installment of the action franchise, the actor takes his silence to another level.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Reeves' character speaks only 380 words across 103 lines of dialogue during 'John Wick: Chapter 4', which runs for almost three hours with credits included.
The report highlights that almost a third of Reeves’ dialogue consists of one single word, as he limited his character's dialogue by cutting out roughly half of it from the initial script.
In the first John Wick movie, Reeves said a total of 484 words in 101 minutes. But with the fourth movie's 169-minute runtime, Reeves reduced his dialogue to a mere 380 words.
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Director Chad Stahelski explained that Reeves wanted to convey meaning with body language and facial microexpressions, rather than relying on dialogue.
"He’s mysterious, and the mystery lets the audience fill in the gaps," said Stahelski. Meanwhile, the film’s co-screenwriter Michael Finch noted, "It’s a shock when you work with him how dedicated he is to not speaking."
In the film, John Wick’s longest run of dialogue is just a sentence, in which he tells the line to his friend Shimazu Koji, the leader of the Osaka Continental Hotel, played by Hiroyuki Sanada.
You and I left a good life behind a long time ago, my friend.- John Wick
The scene in which John Wick and the villain Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) discuss a duel was initially scripted with Wick having half of the dialogue.
However, Reeves cut out chunks of dialogue, resulting in his character only having a few one-word responses in the scene, including 'pistol' and 'no quarter'.
Despite his limited dialogue, Reeves put in a lot of effort to make the movie a success. The actor has called 'John Wick: Chapter 4' the hardest action movie he’s ever made, spending nearly three months exclusively training for the stunts. The movie has already grossed $137.5 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
In conclusion, Keanu Reeves has taken his silent performance to another level in 'John Wick: Chapter 4'. By speaking only 380 words in nearly three hours, Reeves conveyed his character's emotions through body language and facial expressions, rather than relying on dialogue.
Despite his limited words, Reeves put in a lot of effort to make the movie a success, dedicating months to training for the stunts. With the movie already grossing millions worldwide, it's clear that Reeves' silence speaks volumes.