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Keanu Reeves Dishes On John Wick's Complicated Horse Scenes

The "John Wick" franchise has offered up some truly spectacular action thrills throughout its three movies released thus far. It's also a trend that looks to continue with the upcoming "John Wick: Chapter 4," if its recent trailer was anything to go by. While the original "John Wick" movie had more of a lower budget, complete with gritty action sequences, the following two films expanded and included more extravagant action set pieces and stunt work. This was helped by the fact that star Keanu Reeves underwent some pretty extensive training for the films (per Men's Journal).

But perhaps one of the most complex action sequences came in "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum," which saw Reeves' eponymous character being chased throughout Manhattan by countless assassins. One particular sequence involved Wick riding a horse and fighting armed gunmen on motorcycles. It's precisely the kind of exhilarating spectacle that fans of the franchise had come to expect from the series. However, according to Reeves himself, the scenes involving horses were actually quite complex, and he went into what it took to construct them. 

Keanu Reeves says the horse scenes were very complicated

During an interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Keanu Reeves talked about the complexity of filming an action sequence with horses. While he admitted that it was both fun and potentially extremely dangerous, he said that there were a lot of complex safety measures taken. "But they had a safety system," Reeves said. "So they created this rig with a horse behind a truck with a thing with wires." If it sounds like Reeves doesn't know exactly what went into the crafting of this device, it's true, and he admits that it was very complex.

Reeves also revealed that, while he had some horse riding experience beforehand, he worked with a horse master named Tad Griffith, who helped him ease into the scenes. So while it was certainly a situation that could have gone wrong and was definitely on the more dangerous side, Reeves and the crew had a lot of safety measures in place along with trainers to help smooth things over. Reeves also revealed that meeting new experts in various fields was one of the more exciting parts of working in films like "John Wick."