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Halle Berry seriously hurt herself before John Wick 3 even started

Halle Berry injured herself during training and rehearsals for John Wick 3 and thought she would be replaced, but Chad Stahelski waited for her to recover.

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Chad Stahelski says that he “didn’t even have a choice” but to cast Halle Berry in John Wick 3, and that it was the easiest casting decision in the world. It wasn’t the plainest sailing though, because Berry injured herself quite badly during training for the action movie, and Stahelski had to postpone filming her scenes until the end of the shoot.

In an interview with Extra TV given in April 2019, Berry explained how you prepare for a John Wick movie; “It’s hours and hours of stunt training, it’s gun training, it’s dog training, and then it’s just strength training on top of that. I wanted to be on the same level as [Keanu Reeves], I didn’t want to disappoint him, although I did get injured during rehearsal. I broke three ribs.”

“Chad hates when I bring this up, but it’s like a badge of honor for me. We don’t know how it happened really. I kept going for a little while with the broken ribs and then [Chad said] ‘maybe we should stop.'”

Berry continued; “What made me most happy is that when it happened, I thought ‘OK, I’m out of the movie. They’re going to replace me, because the show has to go on.’ But to Chad’s credit, he waited for me. We pushed the production a little bit, and I got to come back.”

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Stahelski added; “Not a chance that I was going to give up on Halle Berry.” 2023 has seen the release of John Wick 4, which made over $425 million and was also critically acclaimed, with a 94% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And our own John Wick 4 review was no exception to the near universal praise.

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