Keanu Reeves is back at it.
Vigilance Elite just released footage from a training session with Reeves for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and you can see that he's training like an operator, not just an actor. In the video below, trainer and former Navy SEAL Shawn Ryan walks Reeves through room clearing with a rifle — in particular, negotiating the "fatal funnel."
This kind of dedicated training is just one reason why Reeves is highly respected and his films are so fun. Check out the video for a bit of Reeves-worship...but stay for the refresher in case you ever get into a sh*t sandwich.
Keanu Reeves Tactical Training for John Wick 3 with Vigilance Elite .MP4
Check out the video:
"My character's always in shit sandwiches," jokes Reeves.
Reeves maintains a professional, respectful demeanor throughout the process, which is exactly the kind of attitude that bridges the divide between military and civilian audiences. Reeves is believable as an assassin because he puts in the work to understand weapons and tactics; military audiences can spot a phony a mile away and it ruins the cinematic experience.
It's clear he's got a good student-teacher relationship with Ryan, considering the banter on social media — and the fact that Reeves is a repeat customer.Shawn Ryan on Instagram: “Ok Keanu, we all know you can shoot like a BAMF. But... Can you shoot like that while doing the “limbo”? How low can you go❓ ?…”
From the shots we get in the trailer, it looks like that training has paid off (my question is whether Ryan offers swordsmanship training as well?).
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, and Laurence Fishburne, opens in theaters May 17, 2019.