While the traditional Hollywood movie star may be an increasing remnant of the past, Keanu Reeves (and Tom Cruise, of course) remains at the top of his game despite being nearly 60 years old.
And what sets those two apart from their contemporaries — other than their apparent agelessness — is their commitment to their art and their willingness to push their bodies to their absolute limits in order to provide the maximum amount of entertainment possible.
During an appearance on the Smartless podcast, Reeves illustrated how deeply he respects and commits to his craft as he refused to say he does his own “stunts” and instead says he does his own action. The way he differentiated the two is that if John Wick gets hit by a car, he’s not doing that — that’s a stunt. But if Wick is in a fight, that’s him.
Keanu Reeves refuses to say that he does his own ‘stunts’ 💥
“I do action. It’s a big difference.”
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— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) March 28, 2023
The hosts — actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes — then asked Reeves how he keeps making these movies, which was a layup for the endlessly enthusiastic movie star.
“That’s the joy of it. Like, it’s not easy, man. But if you can do it, if you can try, if you can climb the mountain. Who gives a — who cares [how hard it is]?! Hard, schmard! Whatever, let’s go!”
John Wick: Chapter 4, which also stars Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Ian McShane alongside Reeves and Reddick, is currently playing in theaters.
BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast also sat down for a lengthy chat with director Chad Stahelski to discuss Chapter 4, the legacy of the John Wick character, Keanu Reeves’ empathy, his upcoming projects (Ghost of Tsushima, Rainbox Six), and more:
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