John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023 Movie) Official Trailer – Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård

AVC: How much input does this incredible cast give you during those scenes?

CS: Huge amounts. For Caine, Donnie (Yen) went, “Why isn’t (my character) cool? I want this guy to be as cool as John Wick. Why don’t I wear a Bruce Lee suit? Why don’t I be the reflection of John Wick?” I’m like, “Dude, that’s awesome.” In Donnie’s case, we changed the character quite a bit. The look is almost a complete 180 from being a little raggedy to being the coolest fucking guy in the movie. Donnie is like, “I want to be like Chow Yun-fat. I want to sip soup.” That sipping soup was all Donnie Yen. That wasn’t written. It was made up on the day. Tying his shoe…that’s all Donnie finding the character.


Keanu literally writes 90 percent of his own dialogue. We write in the fillers and he will go through and adjust. Keanu—the suit, the look, and the hair in the original, the short anime hair—that’s all Keanu. He came out of the trailer and he explained it. He didn’t want to be the action-hero-model type. Bill Skarsgard, the whole Cajun-French accent and the little mannerisms…My job is to get who I believe to be the best people to bring this to life, and then to get the fuck out of the way and let them do their job.

AVC: Why isn’t there an Oscar for stunts yet? Should there be one?

CS: If you are going to call yourself the Motion Picture Academy and you are going to give an award to literally every department except stunts, it’s hard to miss us. We are kind of in every movie. To their credit, I don’t think they are against it. I think the real question is who do you give it to? Do you judge the Academy award on the performer that does the high fall or the one who conceptualizes it, the stunt coordinator? Or would you give the award for the best sequence? Or do you judge it on the movie, like John Wick is an action movie. In Inception, they had one sequence where the room spins which is phenomenal, but it’s not really an action movie. The real work is having smart people from both sides sit down at the table and figure this out.