Keanu Reeves talks about John Wick 4's "pretty crazy" set pieces

Keanu Reeves rarely takes it easy in an action movie, but John Wick: Chapter 4 might well be his biggest yet.

The new movie sees John Wick (Reeves) attempt to break free of the High Table once and for all. Understandably, that leads to him facing off with various High Table goons and assassins, including Wick's former friend Caine (Donnie Yen).

"We fight on the stairs leading up to the Sacré Coeur, and we filmed that for a while and a lot of shenanigans happen there," Reeves teased to Digital Spy.

"We film in this kind of street fight scene in a roundabout – that was pretty crazy. I have a whole sequence inside the Osaka Continental with nunchucks and weapons, and Donnie Yen with a sword. What!

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"They were all challenging. But the 'challenging' is the fun... It wouldn't be fun if it was easier. We're not doing this to make it easy."

Returning director Chad Stahelski added: "There's no 'easier' in John Wick. The obstacle's the way. The harder it gets, the more creative you can get, I think."

The last movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, even saw Continental owner Winston (Ian McShane) get in on the action when his hotel was 'deconsecrated'. This time around, McShane was more than happy to let Reeves get on with the action.

"Maybe 20 years ago I'd have said, 'Yeah, I wish I was part of the action', but no," he told Digital Spy.

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"The final action sequence at the Sacré Coeur – which is funny – I remember the three of us waiting at the top, Clancy Brown, Bill [and me], saying, 'Come on, get to the top of the stairs, please. We're freezing cold up here.'

"It's 2 in the morning, Sacré Coeur, pissing down with rain. We're like, 'Come on, John. Get up those stairs!'."

McShane also spoke to Digital Spy about the shock ending to Chapter 3 and Winston's journey in the new movie, while Stahelski responded to any criticism of Chapter 4's epic runtime.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is released in cinemas on March 24.

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