New John Wick 2 Video Shows Keanu’s Intense Training Regimen

This February, one of the most anticipated sequels of the year will be unleashed in theaters nationwide. The action will be hot, rough, and in some cases, pretty bloody. Only a film that fulfills your deepest cinematic fantasies could bring such images to the big screen, and John Wick: Chapter 2 is not afraid to get a shade darker in order to beat the competition. But such movies don't happen by magic. There's a lot of work that goes into plotting and planning the thrills that Keanu Reeves and his co-stars will need to pull off on camera. And as you'll see in the latest featurette promoting the film, Reeves' routine to keep in top fighting shape is rigorous, but well worth it.

Lionsgate Movies isn't shy about touting their leading man's program, as their latest YouTube update showcases Keanu Reeves both on and off the clock of John Wick: Chapter 2's production. In the interview portion, Keanu Reeves is everything you'd expect, as he speaks with enthusiasm about the process he underwent to stay at Wick-ed. His charm shines as brightly as ever, and you're reminded that this charm is only part of the package, as footage of arms training and combat drills are shown in-between glimpses of the man himself.

However, that can all disappear in an instant, especially when director Chad Stahelski yells, "Action." Once the command is given, Keanu Reeves can naturally shift into combat mode, as you'll see in his quick movements at 01:15 in the video. With the efficiency of a true marksman, Reeves mock draws a gun, but doesn't forget to keep a goofy face on to show that he's just clowning, folks. It's a moment you have to see to believe, so please enjoy the enclosed GIF as our gift to you.

It's a thin line between that jovial nature and the rugged professionalism that Keanu Reeves must portray in John Wick: Chapter 2, but if he wasn't any good at it, the first film probably wouldn't have brought in $86 million on a $20 million budget. Much like its killer hero, the second chapter is going to need to beat out some tough competition to stay alive. Its February 10th release date puts it in direct competition with both Fifty Shades Darker and The LEGO Batman Movie, on a weekend where the Darker option has a history of winning. But as last year's blockbuster performance of Deadpool showed us, not all audiences have a hard on for hearts and kisses.

John Wick: Chapter 2 fights its way into the nation's hearts on February 10th. See it with someone you love.

Mike Reyes
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