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Keanu Reeves Accidentally Cut A Man's Head Open On John Wick 4

The "John Wick" franchise features a clandestine world of international assassins, so fights, brawls, and action sequences are all to be expected. The franchise has been lauded for its use of practical effects and immaculate stunt work, always pushing the boundaries of what audiences expect, with each entry being bigger, bolder, and arguably better.

Naturally, this makes the production of the movies a thorough and highly choreographed affair behind the scenes on account of the intense moments of hand-to-hand combat, snappy gunplay, and jaw-dropping stunts. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and it seems as if Keanu Reeves himself is responsible for injuring a co-worker during the production of "John Wick: Chapter 4."

During an interview with ComicBook.com, Reeves was asked about the number of accidents that occur during the filming of a "John Wick" movie, and he prefaced his answer by describing the conditions on set. "Well I mean everyone is pretty tired – but it's the best kind of tired. It's like you climbed a mountain now you're resting; like you finished the game and you won," he said. "So in terms of accidents: I made a mistake once – I cut a gentleman's head open. So that really f*****g sucked (excuse my language)."

Reeves says that everybody watched out for each other during the production of John Wick 4

Keanu Reeves also mentioned another notable accident, which involved one of the car scenes and resulted in an individual being taken to the hospital. However, he didn't provide any context to the circumstances of either incident and considering the nature of the "John Wick" movies, it could have been anybody in "Chapter 4" who happens to come up against the fearsome killer. Indeed, "Chapter 4" is filled to the brim with chaotic vehicular action. 

In an interview with Digital Trends, stunt coordinators Scott Rogers and Stephen Dunlevy opened up about how difficult it was to film the Paris Arc de Triomphe sequence because of the amount of people that needed to get hit with cars. "[We] had to figure out how many people can you hit with cars without taking each one of them to the hospital," Rogers said. "We want to do these spectacular stunts but without losing sight of the reality of it all." 

Safety is genuinely key to making these action sequences work. Reeves continued his chat with ComicBook.com, saying, "All of this to say: that you do have to take care. But it's great that everyone is watching out for each other. So there's some bruising and aches and pains, but 'No humans were harmed in the filming of this motion picture!'" 

The stunt industry loves John Wick

Considering that there are dozens of people credited for stunts in "Chapter 4," it seems like the movie had a veritable army of those willing to fight, shoot, and get hit for the sake of cinematic glory despite the risk of accidents. Then again, making something great is hardly ever easy or without the occasional misstep.

Those in the stunt industry love working on the "John Wick" flicks as much as audiences enjoy watching them. Continuing his chat with Digital Trends, "John Wick: Chapter 4" stunt coordinator Stephen Dunlevy described the franchise as "the pinnacle of the stunt industry" and revealed that he turned down other films to work on the latest offering from director Chad Stahelski. Despite the injuries that manifested on the film's set, it's clear that the "John Wick" films value personal safety and pushing the boundaries of stuntwork. 

As it stands, "John Wick: Chapter 4" is the most critically-acclaimed film in the franchise, with many claiming it's one of the best action films ever put to screen. Clearly, hard work does pay off.