Believe it or not, there are actual human beings who objected to the idea of having Keanu Reeves fight bad guys while riding a horse in the next John Wick movie.
John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum director Chad Stahelski spoke with GQ about the action scene, which became an instant meme when set photos showing Reeves riding a horse through the streets of New York City leaked online in 2018. "I'm a big Sergio Leone fan, so no matter what, I was putting Keanu on a horse in this movie," Stahelski said.
Stahelski also explained that during production, he literally sat down and just listed every skill Reeves really has, including riding a horse. "If you've got an actor who can ride horses, ride motorcycles, do fight scenes, why not?" But Stahelski had to insist on keeping this in the movie, explaining, "Nobody wanted the horses. I had to fight for that one. People thought it was too weird."
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Reeves was evidently game, though, and he told GQ that he's ready to keep making John Wick movies "as far as my legs can take me." He didn't have a lot to say about the horse sequence only growing his status as a living meme, though he offered this comment on memes in general: "People doing dances, people doing mannequin stuff or whatever — those people, they look like they're having fun and doing some cool sh-t."
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