If you hit up the local cineplex to catch John Wick Chapter 3 over the weekend while eagerly awaiting the Game of Thrones finale, you got to see some incredible action scenes on the big screen. Keanu Reeves' titular anti-hero clawed his way out of a New York City where seemingly half the population was out to get him, teamed up with Halle Berry's Sofia and her very good dogs for a guerilla battle through a Moroccon market, and punched through the High Table strike team's impenetrable armor with sheer force of will (and several well-aimed slugs).
One thing you didn't see: John Wick and Lance Reddick's character, the New York Continental concierge Charon, fighting alongside one another. But according to Reddick, that was originally supposed to happen in John Wick 3.
When John returns to New York and joins forces with Winston against the Adjudicator and the High Table, John and Charon gear up together in the Continental's weapons vault. But although they leave together, they're never actually seen fighting alongside one another--despite the occasional quick cuts between the two actors that make it seem like they're part of the same scene.
"Interestingly enough, [Keanu and I] actually didn't fight alongside each other," Reddick told GameSpot. "And I say interestingly enough, because there was a scene where we were supposed to, but there was just so much shooting, and there was already so much action, we just didn't get around to it."
Reddick said the extra scene would have taken place after the two reconvene again in the Continental's vault following their realization that their opponents' armor is nearly impervious to bullets. "The second time, when he goes off and then I go off, at some point we were supposed to kind of meet up, and that didn't happen," he explained.
While watching the scene toward the end of John Wick 3 play out, you might not have even realized that the two fought completely separate battles. Reddick attributes that to good editing.
"It's because we leave [the vault] together," the actor said. "Because the action goes so fast between what I'm doing and what he's doing, back and forth, and it feels like we're fighting together. But we're actually going in separately."
Charon has typically been confined to scenes behind the Continental's front desk, and Reddick said it was fun to get out and be part of the action this time. "It was a blast!" he said. "When you're little kids, playing shoot 'em up and cops and robbers, and all that stuff, you love to do that. So to actually get to be part of the action was fun."
He also said he hopes we get to learn more about Charon's backstory in future installments (such as the just-announced John Wick 4). Considering that Chapter 3 revealed more about John's origin, that's not outside the realm of possibility.
Whatever else happens, it seems Charon will remain loyal to Winston and the Continental, as he did in Chapter 3's climax. "It wasn't about taking sides, in terms of two factions fighting," the actor said. "It was about, 'The Continental is my home, and my loyalty to Winston is my life.'"
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is in theaters now, and John Wick 4 is scheduled to arrive May 21, 2021.
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