Chad, what does Sofia bring to the John Wick universe?
Chad Stahelski: I think we get a little John Wick backstory. We have world expansion and we get a kickass female character doing something for the right reasons and showing the depth of the emotionality we can have in our world. So it’s not just plugging an actress into an action role. We get a little bit of emotion behind it,
I think. Halle, were you always a fan of John Wick and what was your experience when you first saw it?
Halle Berry: John Wick, I watched it when it came out. I loved it. I love the world. I loved when I saw Keanu doing everything he did. And I mean he’s gone 300 times further now. But the first movie, I was just blown away and I thought, ‘Wow, we have all this access to CG and we’re seeing all these superhero movies. But here it was just a guy who was doing this for real’. And I got really lit up by that. I got more lit up and when I heard they were making a third one, I was like, ‘Okay, wait a goddamn minute. Somebody is putting me in this movie. There’s no way I’m not going to be in this movie’. So luckily Chad let me do that.
Chad, you wrote Sofia’s character only for Halle Berry…
Chad: Absolutely! Well put it this way, the character, the character’s name was there before we met Halle Berry and after we met Halle, we rewrote the entire character so the character on screen was written for her nervously. I get nervous writing a character… oh my God.
Halle, what had you heard about Keanu Reeves before getting to work with him?
Halle: What I have heard and what a lot of people heard is that he is the nicest man in the whole wide world.
Chad, how does the franchise continue to attract such a high quality cast and crew?
Chad: It’s a complete mystery to me. Actually I have no idea, but I am happy for it. Hopefully, it has something to do with the look that we give it. We try to make action look very pretty. We try to bend the rules of filmmaking a little bit. And we tried to open up the universe. I’d like to think that I offered an environment that is collaborative and creatively open to express a lot of ideas.
Halle, what was it like working with the dogs in this film?
Halle: I loved these dogs… I really did. I spent five months with them, three-four days a week training with them and really getting to understand how they are and how they work. And how we can best work with them. I love animals. I have two dogs and so everything I learned from here, I’ve been able to parlay that into my real life. Like, I have these killer labradoodles now!
I have all these commands for them now. They really could attack somebody. I mean, I don’t know if they’re going to go for the b***s, but they could really attack somebody.
What was it like filming in Morocco?
Halle: I thought it was beautiful. It was a nice change far away, far from the world. It was colourful. I could smell it through the screen you know, it’s palpable.
How does the John Wick series redefine action films?
Halle: The John Wick series has brought about a revolution in the action genre and it is something different from what we are offered today. It’s real-life action and it is beautiful. It’s storytelling in a way, which is different for an action movie, and it has got an amazing cast. It has got Keanu Reeves, who I think single-handedly is one of the only guys in this generation that can really get away with it.