‘John Wick’ Filmmaker Chad Stahelski on Landing ‘Matrix’ Acting Role – The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a journey,” Chad Stahelski said Saturday night after surveying the scenery surrounding the Castro Theater in San Francisco, host of The Matrix: Resurrections the first show. But it also applies to the journey he’s taken since the first movie came out in the franchise over 20 years ago.

Stahelski has been in the stunt business since the early 1990s as an actor and stunt coordinator when he was booked as a double-actor for a character named Neo in a movie called the matrix. Stahelski described the party he gave to an actor named Keanu Reeves, with whom he continued a successful creative partnership, first in stunts and later in the blockbuster franchise. John WickAll four of them were directed by Stahelsky. “I can still remember going to the premiere of the first movie and then working on the second, third and now the fourth. In between, I did all the John Weeks, so it’s all very surreal. “

One of the main reasons he needed a moment to process everything was because he got a different bill resurrection, plays a character named Chad in an acting role that sees him show off his skills against Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. When he first read the text, Stahelski, once again, had to make sure it was real. “I told Lana I’d be happy to help, so text me because I have some time,” Stahelski recalls. “Then when I read it, I was shocked. I said to her, ‘You’re kind of laughing, aren’t you?’ She said, ‘Oh, no, no, no, that’s the scenario.'”

The details of his part – also referred to as “handsome Chad” – are best saved for the public to discover on their own. And Stahelski is not only quick to give credit to Wachowski for calling him back but also for strengthening this family unit from the triptych up to resurrection. “I owe her so much, you don’t even know – life, career, everything,” Stahelsky said of the director, who chose to go ahead with a new part without Sister Lily, with whom she worked in the first three films. “If you look at the roster from the beginning matrix Fast forward to now, it has in common with at least ten of us. We’re all still talking, which is great.”

Keanu Reeves and Chad Stallsky at the Tokyo premiere John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum In Roppongi Hills on September 10, 2019.
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With Reeves, this has in common John Wick Franchise business. The first film, which portrays Reeves as a former hitman who came out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him, was a surprise hit in 2014 bringing in $86 million worldwide. The second, released in 2017, nearly doubled that with $171 million worldwide, while the third earned $326 million worldwide. announced today that John Wick: Chapter 4 It was postponed to March 24, 1021.

When asked to explain the spark between him and Reeves, Stahelski said it was pretty simple. “We have the same creative interests, we like the same kind of things,” Stahelski noted. “And I would like to think I have half his passion — that would be generous — and just want to work on the things we love. That was kind of the connection for our whole little circle, from Lana down.”

As for his favorite scene in resurrectionStahelski is quick to say how fun it was to watch Reeves in the first 20 minutes of his character’s scenes. “It’s wonderful,” he said. “He makes you laugh and it really gets into his character. There are also two great moments for Carrie Ann, but I don’t want to spoil those moments so you have to see them for yourself.”

The Matrix: Resurrections Now showing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

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Keanu Reeves accepts an action movie star trophy from Chad Stahelski at the Taurus World Stunt Awards in Paramount Pictures on May 16, 2004.
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Ian McShane, Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and Chad Stahelsky at the screening of Lionsgate John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum At TCL Chinese Theater on May 15, 2019.
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