Fans of the franchise felt as though an era had come to an end as Keanu Reeves’ final scene as John Wick took place on the stairs of the Sacre Coeur in Paris in John Wick: Chapter 4. Many people might not be aware of the fact that Reeves himself requested that his character be “definitively killed off” in the movie since the demands of the part had physically and emotionally depleted him to the breaking point.
After these films, Reeves feels worn out even though everyone can see how committed he was to the stunt work and his acting. Iwanyk admitted that Reeves was pleading for Wick to be “definitively” killed off at the end of the movie so that he could finally rest by the time Chapter 4 was in the development stage. Iwanyk stated to Collider’s Christina Radish that since it’s a movie and John Wick is a legend, they chose to settle for 90% while on the press tour for the next Wick spin-off, The Continental.
Iwanyk elaborated, “After the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movie, making these films is so exhausting and it destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally. By the end, he’s always like, ‘I can’t do this again,’ and we agree with him. The guy is just a shell of himself because he just goes off and goes for it. He was like, ‘I wanna be definitively killed at the end of this movie.’ We were like, ‘You know, we’ll leave a 10% little opening.'”
Iwaynk continued by stating that despite the fact that one party may have needed a vacation from the activity, the producers and the filmmakers were all reluctant to take one for fear of missing the next chapter due to the tight relationship they had developed over the years while creating the franchise. Iwanyk compared Stahelski and Reeves to The Beatles and said he was prepared to wait until the pair’s next burst of inspiration so they could resume their work.
She stated, “We’ve all become such good friends and we all like each other so much and we’re all so tickled by the success of these movies, critically and commercially that we all think to ourselves, ‘Okay, how do we get the band back together, in a way that merits a good story in the next evolution of John.’ At this point, it’s Keanu and Chad [Stahelski] getting together to figure out what that story is. The way I describe it is that they’re like Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and I’m Ringo. They’ll call me and let me know, ‘All right, we’re showing up. Here’s where you show up, and here’s what our story is.'”