John Wick 3 Director Chad Stahelski Reveals The Violent Scene He Had To Push For

Heads up, guys, there's a slight spoiler ahead in this article, so if you've not seen John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum yet and would like to enjoy it spoiler-free click away now and go and enjoy the rest of your day.

OK, now with that out the way, director Chad Stahelski has has revealed the scene that he and Keanu Reeves really had to push for during talks with the studio and it was pretty bloody violent.

The scene in question takes place in the second act, when Wick ends up with a self-inflicted injury to his left hand - his lead hand - which just so happened to be in almost every shot in the movie's third act, creating a lot of work for the visual effects team.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski explained: "If I told you the biggest argument between me and the studio was that, that would be yes. It's a big sell. No one creatively saw a problem with it, but it comes down to a simple matter of financials."

The third John Wick movie is out now. Credit: Lionsgate
The third John Wick movie is out now. Credit: Lionsgate

He goes on to explain that as the newly-deformed hand is in 'every shot of the third act of the movie' there's issues with cost and filming-logistics.

However, he says he and Keanu Reeves stuck to their guns and insisted the scene needs to stay but conceded they would be happy to make cuts in other places.

He explained: "They'll [Lionsgate] push and push, and there's a lot of arguments and discussions, and it's something that Keanu and I felt very strongly about being an emotional trigger and incredibly symbolic of what he's giving up at that moment in that scene. We wanted to keep it and we were willing to take sacrifices in other areas to preserve the funds to make that come to fruition."

Before adding that 'you gotta fight for what you believe in'.

John Wick director says he and Keanu Reeves had to fight to make sure one scene made it into the movie. Credit: Lionsgate
John Wick director says he and Keanu Reeves had to fight to make sure one scene made it into the movie. Credit: Lionsgate

But all's well that ends well and Stahelski also revealed that they all got along at the end and that it worked out 'very, very well'.

Well, I think that's something fans would agree with, the third movie in the franchise is already storming the box office and it's getting rave reviews from critics and the general public - its got an impressive 8.2 on IMDB and a very healthy 88 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Featured Image Credit: Lionsgate

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

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