It turns out Lance Reedick considered his two co-stars in the four John Wick films family, and that the family bond actually translated to their characters on screen.
The late actor, who only just passed away six days earlier, offered up what he thought was one of the secrets to the success of the popular film franchise during a pre-taped segment with co-stars Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday.
In fact, during the conversation, Reddick shared how the fourth installment leans on family more than ever.
‘Family’s such a huge theme in this particular film, more than any others [in the series] — literal family,’ he told the host, before sharing how it transcended to a bond between the three actors.
‘But also, you see, with the three of us, that it’s not just the family you’re born into, but the family you’ve created, and how much we really are family.’
Family man: Lance Reddick, who passed away on March 17, shared high praise for his John Wick co-stars during a pre-taped appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show that aired Thursday
Bittersweet: The late actor, 60, said he considered Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane ‘family’ both on screen and off during the segment on the daytime talk show
McShane then interjected about the importance of director Chad Stahelski serving as director of all four films in helping shape that bond.
‘He [Reeves] and Chad have worked together for, you know, coming up on 30 years, or over 25 years,’ he said, in a reference to Stahelski’s work as Reeves’ stunt double and stunt co-ordinator in The Matrix film franchise.
‘So there’s a deep understanding of each other and a deep empathy for the story,’ McShane, 80, added, while also offering high praise to the man who created the characters. ‘And Derek Kolstad wrote something which I think has been very true, and expanded upon in a very mature way, and in a very adventurist way…’
During the appearance on the daytime talk show, Reddick also shared how he was struck by how beautiful John Wick 4 looked, ‘especially a film that moves so much and has so much almost relentless action.’
The Baltimore, Maryland native, who played Charon in the action-packed franchise, added, ‘It’s just stunningly gorgeous to watch.’
The promotional campaign for John Wick: Chapter 4 had only just kicked into high gear when the tragic news of Reddick’s death broke on March 17.
The 60-year-old veteran character actor died of natural causes, his representative, Mia Hansen, said the day after he passed away at his home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, as reported by ABC.
‘We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,’ Reeves and Stahelski shared in a joint statement. ‘He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends.’
Bonding: ‘Family’s such a huge theme in this particular film, more than any others [in the series] — literal family,’ the Baltimore native told the host, before sharing how that family aspect transcended to a bond between the three actors
His other family: ‘But also, you see, with the three of us, that it’s not just the family you’re born into, but the family you’ve created, and how much we really are family,’ Reddick added during the appearance
Director’s input: McShane, 80, interjected and shared about the importance of director Chad Stahelski serving as director of all four films in helping shape that bond between the actors and the characters
Family feel: Reeves, 58, smiled and nodded in agreement when the topic of ‘family’ was discussed, in relation to the bond between the three actors and the characters
The duo ended the statement by revealing that they had dedicated this latest sequel ‘to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.’
While on the red carpet for the film’s Los Angeles premiere on March 20, Reeves shared some memories of his friend and colleague that he holds dear to his heart.
‘We worked together on four films over ten years,’ Reeves said of Reddick outside the TCL Theatre. ‘He was a remarkable artist and a special person with grace and dignity.’
Referencing their on screen bond, Reeves added, ‘I always thought that the connection between John Wick and Charon was special. I always said to him that people liked John Wick because he liked John Wick.’
John Wick: Chapter 4 is set to make its wide release in theaters in the U.S. on March 24.
Mainstays: Reeves, Reddick and McShane have all appeared in all four of the John Wick film
Promo mode: The promotional campaign for John Wick: Chapter 4, had only just kicked off when news of Reddick’s death went public on March 17
Charon’s influence: ‘I always thought that the connection between John Wick and Charon was special. I always said to him that people liked John Wick because he liked John Wick,’ Reeves said of the importance of Reddick’s character while on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20
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