The most impressive aspect of the John Wick movie franchise is those jaw-droppingly flawless gun battles. The marvelously orchestrated gun ballet doesn’t just happen. Keanu Reeves puts in a ton of work and many hours understanding and executing those brilliant shootout scenes.
Videos of Reeves being trained in shootout tactics and strategies have been released and they are so very interesting to watch. Shawn Ryan is a former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor who started his own company to teach people a variety of tactical training. His company, Vigilance Elite, normally gives instruction on how normal people can protect themselves. In these videos, Ryan is holding class so that Keanu Reeves can portray a lethal assassin while also looking legitimate doing so.
The gun training videos give us a glimpse as to what John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum might look like, at least when it comes to those incredibly choreographed gunfights. This behind-the-scenes footage shows just how dedicated Reeves is into making John Wick into an accurate and believable shooter.
Here is a 2016 video of Keanu training with real guns in a three-gun-drill shows how his schooling equated to those incredible gunfight scenes.
Other behind-the-scenes videos have shown Reeves preparing to be the killing machine that is John Wick.
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum hits theaters on May 17.