Chad Stahelski, ex-student and director of John Wick 4, explained to the Hollywood Reporter why real weapons are still used in Hollywood, which he now does without, even in John Wick.
John Wick 4 will be in cinemas from March 23, so its director Chad Stahelskiex-stuntman and with David Leitch co-creator of the character played by Keanu Reeves, granted an interview to the Hollywood Reporter. Aside from the considerations on the feature film, he expressed a competent opinion opinion on a thorny question: why are they still used in Hollywood? real weapons on set, leading to tragedies like Rust’s where the cinematographer lost her life? Stahelski tells it like it is. There is a solution, but…
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John Wick 4, no real weapons on set, but that’s not always the case, word of Chad Stahelski
Chad Stahelskibefore moving on to direct with the John Wick sagahe was very active stand-in and therefore knows well the world of stunts: since, as he explains, real weapons are no longer used on his setsnot even for a film full of shootings like John Wick 4how tragedies such as that of Rust or, before that, that on the Raven set? The reality of the facts is very stupid… and also a little sad.
When cinema began they invented shots”blank“, and bullet without bulletbut they couldn’t have put you and me in the same shot, five feet apart, with one of them pulling the trigger: the burst force from the cylinder would have been enough to make your skull pop. Incidents like those happened, people there died. But in the last ten years they have invented the electronic weaponsit is impossible for anything to come out of the cylinder, everything is done with CGI. So we do it, it’s a technology available to everyone. (…)
For as I see it, there’s no reason to have an actual weapon on set. We can create whole cities and even Godzilla. We have the technology to do the same thing with weapons. But for a hundred years Hollywood has used real guns: For prop companies and armories the change would render all their weapons useless. It all boils down to the fact that some people would cost a lot of money to switch. Nobody wants to say it, but the real reason is this: the alternative costs you more money.
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