- Keanu Reeves wanted his character to die at the end of John Wick: Chapter 4 due to the toll playing the role was taking on him physically and emotionally.
- Reeves negotiated for a small opening if he decides to return to the franchise in the future.
- After making multiple films in the series, Reeves felt exhausted, needing a definitive end for his character.
John Wick franchise producer Basil Iwanyk reveals that Keanu Reeves wanted the series’ titular character to die at the end of John Wick: Chapter 4. The latest installment in the series, John’s battle against the High Table ends with him earning his freedom in a duel with the Marquis de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård). Finally at peace, John seemingly succumbs to his injuries, dying and being buried next to his wife at the end of the film.
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Speaking with Collider, Iwanyk reveals Reeves wanted John to die during John Wick: Chapter 4‘s ending because of the toll playing the character was taking on him. The producer revealed Reeves wanted his role in the franchise to come to a close, but negotiated for a little opening should he decide to return. Check out what Iwanyk had to say below:
After the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movie, making these films is so exhausting and it destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally. By the end, he’s always like, ‘I can’t do this again,’ and we agree with him. The guy is just a shell of himself because he just goes off and goes for it. He was like, ‘I wanna be definitively killed at the end of this movie.’ We were like, ‘You know, we’ll leave a 10% little opening.’