If there is one film series in recent years that has been known for excessive firearms, it has to be John Wick. The action films starring Keanu Reeves – John Wick 4 will be in cinemas soon – always outdo themselves with martial arts fights and shootouts. Fans love the attention to detail when it comes to the accurate handling of firearms and correct ammunition consumption: You can count until a gun is empty. But with all the fascination for authentic weapons, the guns on the set are anything but real. That has Director Chad Stahelski in a highly readable interview with The Hollywood Reporter clarified – as well as his stance on actual firearms on sets.
Director John Wick: No more real guns
Asked about the Death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by a real firearm fired by mistake on a film set in 2021, Stahelski explained that there should be “no reason” to rely on real firearms anymore. “We can create cities and spaceships and Godzilla and all those things. We have the technology to do the same with firearms.”says the action specialist, whose films are completely based on the fascination for weapons – so the director also knows what he’s talking about, after all these crackers are his:
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The director also points to the alternatives: “In the last 10 years, electronic firearms have come out, dummies, where it’s impossible for anything to come out of the barrel, and it’s done entirely with CGI. That’s how we do it. This technology is available to everyone .” But why isn’t everyone else in Hollywood doing the same now?
Why isn’t Hollywood moving to the alternative yet?
From the point of view of the John Wick 4 director, it is also clear why this approach is not more widespread. “For the last 100 years, Hollywood has been using real firearms. If a prop master, gun maker, or outfitter switched, their entire inventory of real firearms would be useless.” According to Stahelski, this is the “real reason” that no one wants to admit: some people would simply lose too much money by switching.
You’ll soon be able to see for yourself how real the fake guns can look, because John Wick 4 will start in German cinemas on March 23, 2023. And with a running time of a whopping 2 hours and 49 minutes, the action-fest will also have plenty of time for bombastic gunfights.