John Wick: Chapter 2–Keanu Reeves on his New Film

John Wick: Chapter 2 opens this Friday, February 3.

“Back when I was doing Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, did I ever think I’d be doing a world premiere on Sunset Boulevard for something as cool as John Wick?” Keanu Reeves mused.

“I was hoping that I’d be making films and would have a career, so there was a part of me that wanted to have a career like this. I’m bringing some joy to John Wick too.”

Reeves said that what he likes about the Wick films is their mix of hyper-reality, deadly assassins and personal tragedy.
“John Wick is in pain,” Reeves noted. “We made this film with love. I love the world of John Wick.”

John Wick is also a dog lover, noted Derek Kolstad, who wrote both scripts and was inspired by silent comedies.

“I’ve always loved Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd and some of their strongest material was with a child or a dog,” he said. “They never talk to them–it’s their spirit animal.”

Kolstad calls himself a “massive” dog owner for the past decade. “Loki is an Australian shepherd mutt and the other is a basenji-whippet mix that’s unfortunately called Isis; we call her Izzie but we had the name first.”

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Director Chad Stahelski said he’s the owner of a pair of puppies named Koho and Lady, adding, “I was a cat person for 20 years and now I’m a dog person.”

Stahelski said that Kolstad’s inclusion of dogs made the storyline open-ended.