Bill Skarsgård Talks 'John Wick: Chapter 4' and Working with Keanu Reeves
Moviefone speaks with Bill Skarsgård about 'John Wick: Chapter 4.' "It's very strange when you're a fan, and then you are acting opposite John Wick himself."
‘John Wick: Chapter 4,’ which is the fourth installment of the 'John Wick' franchise and is once again directed by Chad Stahelski, opens in theaters on March 24th.
What is the Plot of ‘John Wick: Chapter 4?’
Sometime after the events of ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,’ John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has recovered from his injuries and seeks to kill the leader of the High Table, while Winston Scott (Ian McShane) must face the consequences of his actions. The new leader of the High Table, Marquis Vincent de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård), wants Wick dead and hires hundreds of assassins to kill him, including a tracker named Mr. Nobody (Shamier Anderson), and Caine (Donnie Yen), a blind assassin who is old friends with Wick.
Aided by another old friend, Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada), the manager of the Osaka Continental Hotel, as well as the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), Wick agrees to Winston’s dangerous plan to earn him his freedom, which involves Wick rejoining the Ruska Roma, assassinating German High Table member Killa (Scott Adkins), and challenging Marquis Vincent de Gramont to a duel to the death. But first John Wick will need to survive till sunrise if he wants a chance at getting his life back.
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Who is in the Cast of ‘John Wick: Chapter 4?’
‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ once again stars Keanu Reeves (‘Speed,’ ‘Point Break’) as John Wick, Ian McShane (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’) as Winston Scott, Laurence Fishburne (‘The Matrix’) as the Bowery King, and the late Lance Reddick (‘Bosch’) as Charon.
The sequel also features new cast members Donnie Yen (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’) as Caine, Bill Skarsgård (‘Deadpool 2’) as Marquis Vincent de Gramont, Hiroyuki Sanada (‘Avengers: Endgame’) as Shimazu Koji, Shamier Anderson (‘Stowaway’) as Mr. Nobody, Clancy Brown (“Highlander’) as the Harbinger, Scott Adkins (‘The Expendables 2’) as Killa, and Rina Sawayama as Akira.
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Skarsgård about his work on ‘John Wick: Chapter 4,’ how he was a fan before joining the franchise, creating his villainess character, and working with Keanu Reeves.
You can read the full interview below or click on the video player above to watch.
Moviefone: To begin with, were you a fan of the ‘John Wick’ movies before joining the franchise?
Bill Skarsgård: Yeah, I was a fan of the franchise. I'd seen at least the first two films, possibly all three of them before I was approached to join the fun. It's special that way, when you're very familiar with the world as a fan, and then all of a sudden you are on set acting opposite John Wick himself. It’s very strange.
MF: Your character has a very specific look. The way he walks, talks and dresses is very specific. Can you talk about your approach to creating the character?
BS: I mean, they don't go into any details of who this guy really is or where he comes from. He just appears in the movie. I enjoyed the script, I really enjoyed Chad, and I read it and I think it was initially conceived for an older actor. I was like, "Okay, this is an interesting choice." I just wanted to play him because there's no real backstory and I can invent whatever I want with it. I had a bunch of ideas going into who he is and there's quirkiness, strangeness and delicious sinister moments. I was like, "Okay, he's in Paris. He's called the Marquis Vincent de Gramont. Is he French or is he from a French colony somewhere?” I mean, I just went with it and created. Chad really, just gave me the freedom of creating this thing that's in the movie. I really enjoy that part of it. The franchise is very stylized and Chad had a great concept. It was just such a pleasure to be a part of it.
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MF: Finally, what was it like working with Keanu Reeves?
BS: I've been a fan of his since I was eight when the first ‘Matrix’ came out. It was truly an honor to be a part of his movie and his franchise, and he couldn't be a nicer guy. It was surreal acting opposite him, but just the nicest, sweetest guy and such a hard worker, and a genuinely caring actor, and a caring individual. It was just a treat.
Other Movies Similar to ‘John Wick: Chapter 4:’
- 'Point Break' (1991)
- 'Speed' (1994)
- 'The Matrix' (1999)
- 'The Matrix Reloaded' (2003)
- 'The Matrix Revolutions' (2003)
- 'Ip Man' (2010)
- 'Ip Man 2' (2011)
- 'Man of Tai Chi' (2013)
- ‘John Wick' (2014)
- 'Ip Man 3' (2016)
- 'Atomic Blonde' (2017)
- ‘John Wick: Chapter 2' (2017)
- ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' (2019)
- 'Ip Man 4: The Finale' (2020)
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'John Wick: Chapter 4' is produced by Lionsgate, Thunder Road and 87Eleven, and scheduled for release on March 24th.