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Monday 16 September 2019

Watch Keanu Reeves in weapons training for new film John Wick 3

Videos show Reeves being coached by a former US Navy Seal as he simulates entering and clearing rooms armed with a pistol and an assault rifle.

Keanu Reeves attending a special screening of John Wick at the May Fair Hotel, London.
Keanu Reeves attending a special screening of John Wick at the May Fair Hotel, London.

By Press Association reporter

Keanu Reeves cannot be accused of not putting in the hours for the third instalment of his hyper-violent John Wick action series, as new footage shows the level of detail in his training.

Videos released by security training company Vigilance Elite show Reeves being coached by a former US Navy Seal as he simulates entering and clearing rooms armed with a pistol and an assault rifle.

Shawn Ryan, a former CIA contractor who founded Vigilance Elite, teaches Reeves about handling weapons and tactics as the pair work through a gun range full of targets and barriers.

The John Wick films see Reeves play a former assassin who returns to the criminal underworld after gangsters steal his car and kill his dog.

According to his website, Ryan fought against al Qaida, the Taliban and the Islamic State group before founding Vigilant Elite to train “those who want to learn to defend themselves and their families against imminent threats”.

The videos also give an insight into the mindset of the training.

Showing Reeves how to deal with an unexpected individual when entering a room, Ryan says: “Maybe it’s an innocent who doesn’t need to be shot, maybe I can strike and get them out of the way.”

Fans were overjoyed to see Reeves take the training seriously.

“So much respect for Keanu Reeves for actually putting in the work to make us gun owners and shooters happy with his movies for trying to make stuff legit and real looking,” said one.

“I love how he listens and doesn’t talk your head off… great student. He’s a rare bird in Hollywood.. love that guy! Zero ego; all business! Can’t wait for JW3!” added another.

A similar video emerged in 2016 during the production of John Wick 2, which saw Reeves working quickly through a range, using an assault rifle and shotgun to take out his targets.

John Wick 3: Parabellum is expected to hit cinemas in May.

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