Besides the absurd body counts, insane set-pieces, and the mind-blowing fight choreography, the biggest appeal of the John Wick franchise is just how much this world of oddball assassins has been expanded since the first movie. To that end, two of the most interesting characters in the entire trilogy are Ian McShane‘s enigmatic Continental Hotel manager Winston and Lance Reddick‘s Charon, the hotel’s concierge. In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, they form a kind of backbone to John’s adventures, holding down the fort while the titular super-assassin is off trying to avoid every killer in New York.
Before the film’s premiere, I sat down with Ian McShane and Lance Reddick to discuss the film, adapting to chaotic situations on set, and the backstories to the Continental that they have in their heads. Check out what he had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what we talked about. Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum also stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillon, and Mark Dacascos.
Ian McShane and Lance Reddick:
- A very specifically endearing moment in which Reddick adjusts his glasses during a massive, intense gun battle.
- How much of the history of the Continental Hotel and the past lives of their characters they have in their heads, even if its never seen on-screen.
- Whether they had any idea of how big the John Wick world could be when they were filming the first film.
Here is the official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum:
In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.