The fourth installment of the highly acclaimed film franchise, "John Wick: 4," has recently hit theaters and is making waves for its high-stakes action sequences and minimal dialogue. Despite the film's nearly three-hour runtime, Keanu Reeves, who portrays the titular character, delivers only 380 words, earning him a staggering $15 million for his performance.
Minimal Dialogue, Maximum Impact
The "John Wick" franchise has always been known for its fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled action scenes, rather than its dialogue. As the films have become increasingly longer, the dialogue for the main character has become increasingly sparse.
In the first film, which clocks in at 101 minutes, Keanu Reeves delivered a total of 484 words. Yet, in the latest installment, with a runtime of 169 minutes, Reeves only utters 380 words, significantly less than the 2.5-minute trailer clip.
Despite the lack of dialogue, Keanu Reeves delivers a powerful performance, physically and emotionally, that packs volumes of meaning into each scene. In a scene with co-star Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays Shimazu Koji, Reeves delivers his longest line of dialogue with the words, “You and I left a good life behind a long time ago, my friend”.
Huge Payout for Minimal Dialogue
Keanu Reeves was paid a whopping $15 million for his role in "John Wick: Parabellum," which equates to $39,473 per word. However, this staggering payout is not surprising, given the film's incredible success both domestically and internationally.
The film dominated the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend, raking in £4.8 million and collecting an average of £7,373 per cinema. In the US, the film earned $59.6 million domestically from 3,855 theaters, and globally it made £111.5 million, according to Deadline.
Director Chad Stahelski revealed that it was Reeves himself who cut approximately half of the dialogue written for his character in the early script. This decision paid off, as the film has been met with critical acclaim and is being hailed as the best installment in the "John Wick" franchise.