A lot of actors brandish and shoot firearms on screen, and usually manage to look impossibly cool while doing it, all the while hitting every target they aim at while bad guys miss wildly with hundreds of rounds. This video from Taran Tactical shows that just maybe, after training for enough action roles, an actor can actually develop some serious skills.
We see Keanu Reeves, best known for his roles in the gun-heavy Matrix film series, running through 3-gun drills, presumably training for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter Two, the follow-up to the surprise action hit from 2014. The 51-year-old actor transitions from AR to Glock to Benelli M4 like he’s been doing it for years, because he kind of has.
He’s smooth, quick, and, above all, accurate with each firearm, even on the move. And when you get right down to it, these are the skills he needs to have to portray the super-assassin John Wick in the extended, unbroken fight scenes that include a lot of speedy gun play, like the ones below. There’s no denying it, the man can really shoot.
Warning: spoilers and violence ahead:
Reeves has been known to throw himself into training for a number of his roles, including heavy martial arts training for the Matrix movies. But it started way before that.
His first big action role was in the cult-classic Point Break (1991) in which he plays an FBI agent in Los Angeles chasing down daredevil bank robbers. He followed it up with the action hit Speed (1994), this time playing a LA SWAT officer trying to save a bus of hostages.
Then, came the Matrix movies, beginning in 1999. Though many may not realize, though there are plenty of guns in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Reeves as Neo doesn’t use any firearms in either sequel, just a lot of kung fu.
But in the first film, he used an array of guns, mostly in the famous lobby shootout scene, including a Beretta 92FS, M16s, MP5Ks, and the Skorpion SA Vz 61, and even a GE M134 Minigun.
Though after the first Matrix he had a few roles that included gunplay, like The Watcher (2000) and Constantine (2005) his next big action flick was the gritty cop drama Street Kings (2008) in which he plays LA police detective Tom Ludlow, a Vick Mackey-type cop walking the thin line between righteousness and being a dirty cop.
Between that film and 2014’s John Wick, Reeves used the following firearms on screen: S&W 4506, Colt MK IV Series 80, Colt Mark IV Series 80 Combat commander, Kahr M9098 Elite 2003, Charter Arms Off Duty, Benelli M1 Super Duty 90, Rohrbaugh R9, Walther PPK/S, H&K P30L pistols with compensators, Glock 26, Glock 17, Kel-Tec KSG, Coharie Arms CA-415, Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout, Walther P99.
After that list and nearly 30 years of training for action roles, it’s not much of a suprise the action star looks like a pro, and shoots like one too.