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John Wick 4 Star Scott Adkins on Wearing a Fatsuit, Fighting Keanu Reeves and Absolutely Nailing the Role: “Quite the rigamarole… But worth it”

John Wick 4 Star Scott Adkins on Wearing a Fatsuit, Fighting Keanu Reeves and Absolutely Nailing the Role

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The John Wick franchise has forever changed the world of action in the industry of film and television – the phrase has been going around quite a lot recently. And it’s true in the sense that the films have an aura about them that simply makes the movies stand out and stand apart from the rest in the genre. 

Perhaps it’s the presence of Keanu Reeves that does it, perhaps it’s the dreary plot or the chilling cinematography or the brilliant background scores or the sheer intensity of the stunt sequences or the concept of the film or all of it put together that makes John Wick what it is, or rather who he is. But whatever the reason, Derek Kolstad’s script paired with the combined intelligence of Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves has made John Wick the defining epitome of action franchises in Hollywood.

John Wick: Chapter 4
John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

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Scott Adkins Comments on John Wick 4 & Wearing a Fatsuit

When a script of a measure such as this is born, a ripple floats through the atmosphere of the industry that beckons you to it and demands you grab the opportunity with both hands and not let it go. That was the situation that Scott Adkins found himself in. An affinity toward action movies is understandable but it was not just any project – it was the first John Wick film that called out to him. 

Scott Adkins recently revealed in an interview with Screen Rant how he had wanted to be in Stahelski’s film since the genesis but never found the opportunity until the fourth installment of the franchise. Commenting on his role and the magnitude of starring in a John Wick film, the actor says:

I’m a big fan of the John Wick movies. I’ve known Chad for a while. I’ve been bugging him to put me in them since the first one, and finally got the call on ‘John Wick 4’. And he’s like, “Yeah, but the only catch is, […] I’ve got this idea of [you] playing this character [and] you’re going to be in a fat suit.” So I relished the challenge. I was really excited to create a character and disappear into the role. Putting those prosthetics on; three and a half hours to get them on, [an] hour to get it off.

Start with the face, and then you put on this cooling suit, which was this colostomy-like thing coming out that plugs into an ice bucket and cools you down when you need it, and then you put the fat suit on. Quite the rigmarole to go through, but worth it for a John Wick movie. If that’s what it’s going to take to get me in a John Wick film then that’s what it’s going to take.

Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, and Scott Adkins in Chapter 4
Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, and Scott Adkins in Chapter 4

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Scott Adkins introduces a new villain in the fourth installment of the franchise with his character, Killa – a fitting name for a fitting man who is tasked with taking on the unkillable Wick himself. 

John Wick 4: A Film That Invokes Otherworldly Nostalgia

The genesis of any great epic does not immediately garner the attention it deserves. Time makes it so that people treasure the object the more ancient it gets. With John Wick, the audience did not realize what they were in for, the adventure that lay in wait, and the history that was getting made when they stepped into the theatres for the first film. 

Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4
Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4

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The stories of love, loss, and vengeance abound in the world of literature and cinema but Keanu Reeves does it better. With every movement carefully calibrated, every strike precisely thrown, and every dialogue perfectly delivered – from Michael Nyqvist’s introduction of Baba Yaga to the legendary 3-man takedown with a pencil to Wick taking on the shadowy underworld of monsters and killers and coming out the other end, beaten and broken but alive – all of it makes us root for the man who has nothing more to live for.

John Wick 4 takes the story a step further, with Keanu Reeves’ morally grey hero taking on the High Table in a bid to earn his freedom, once and for all.

John Wick 4 is now playing in theatres worldwide.

Source: Screen Rant

Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists