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“He was such a special person”: An Emotional Keanu Reeves Pays a Heartfelt Tribute to Lance Reddick at John Wick: Chapter 4’s L.A. Premiere

“He was such a special person”: An Emotional Keanu Reeves Pays a Heartfelt Tribute to Lance Reddick at John Wick: Chapter 4’s L.A. Premiere

The sudden passing of John Wick star Lance Reddick broke everyone’s hearts, especially his co-actors. John Wick: Chapter 4 premiered on Monday night at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre, and while everyone was feeling festive on the red carpet, the cast and crew commemorated Reddick’s legacy.

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Lance Reddick

Reddick portrayed Charon in the John Wick franchise, the hotel concierge who has been an ally to Keanu Reeves’ character. On Friday, news broke out of the actor’s sudden passing due to natural causes. At the L.A. premiere, everyone paid their tribute by wearing blue ribbons.

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John Wick Star Keanu Reeves Gets Extremely Emotional At The Film’s LA Premiere

Keanu Reeves could not help but be emotional while honoring his friend. Speaking with THR, the action star reminisced about his friendship with Reddick:

Every time you were in his presence, he was such a special person, special artist, and he had a grace and dignity, and a passion for life and his craft. Just to be in his light and to be in his presence and get a chance to work with him, every day was special.”

Chad Stahelski, director of the John Wick films, revealed that Reddick was one of the first members hired for the project back in 2014. He had nothing but praise for the late actor:

He just mentored us through the first day of shooting with him. He was so kind, so generous, and we still joke about it today. He’s always been the most collaborative, most positive guy I’ve ever met.”

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Keanu Reeves in John Wick

David Leitch, co-creator of the franchise, also commended Reddick’s dedication to his craft:

As a filmmaker, you look for artists that are going to be great collaborators, and he was the epitome of that. Someone who came in to share ideas full-heartedly, and I just can’t say enough about him as a human being and as an artist.”

The crowd gave a standing ovation in honor of Reddick during the movie’s screening, led by Lionsgate head Joe Drake. He reflected:

There have been a lot of tears. There have been a lot of moments of quiet reflection. Tonight, what I would like you to do, however, is make a loud, honoring, grateful applause for a man who was an absolutely extraordinary human being, extraordinary actor, and a big part of this franchise.”

Several of Reddick’s friends in the industry also expressed gestures of love and sympathy through social media posts. His wife, Stephanie Reddick, extended her gratitude toward everyone who sent their heartfelt messages, and fans who paid special tributes to the actor in their own ways.

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The Works And Legacy Of Lance Reddick

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Lance Reddick at the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3

Lance Reddick was a multi-talented artist who did not only dabble in movies and television but in music and voice acting as well. Some of his notable appearances include The Wire, Bosch, Lost, Fringe, and Oz, to name a few.

He lent his voice to characters from franchises such as Castlevania, Rick and Morty, and The Vindicators. Reddick was also famously known for voicing Commander Zavala in the Destiny game series.

The late actor was part of the John Wick film series since its first release, and he spent a lot of screen time with Keanu Reeves. The duo had been going on press tours for the fourth installment, up until his sudden passing.

John Wick: Chapter 4 will arrive in theaters on March 24.

Source: THR

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Written by Ariane Cruz

I write feature articles for FandomWire, mostly focusing on Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Netflix, HBO, and Hollywood news.