Keanu Reeves pays emotional tribute to John Wick co-star Lance Reddick
John Wick Chapter 4 will be dedicated to Reddick
Keanu Reeves had said he is “deeply saddened and heartbroken” over the death of his John Wick co-star Lance Reddick, writes Steve Hopkins.
Reddick, best known for his role in The Wire, also appeared in all four John Wick movies. He died “suddenly” from natural causes one week before the release of John Wick Chapter 4, in which he reprises his role of Charon, the concierge at the Continental Hotel’s New York City.
In a joint statement, Keanu Reeves, and John Wick director, Chad Stahelski said they will dedicate the latest sequel to Reddick.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick. He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with,” they said.
“Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.”
The studio behind the film, Lionsgate, added in a statement, “The world of Wick would not be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and unflappable charisma. Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our lovely, joyful friend and Concierge. We’re stunned and heartbroken, and our deepest condolences go to his beloved family and his fans all around the world.”
Reddick was best known for his role in Baltimore crime drama, The Wire, which ran for five seasons between 2002 and 2008. He played police lieutenant Cedric Daniels and appeared in all 60 episodes alongside stars including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wendell Pierce and Michael K Williams.
Pierce wrote on Twitter that Reddick’s death was “sudden, unexpected, sharp, painful grief for our artistic family” and praised him as a “man of great strength and grace” as well as being the “epitome of elegance”.
A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. An sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP pic.twitter.com/Xy0pl5c4NR
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) March 17, 2023
Consummate professional, devoted collaborator, lovely and gentle man, loyal friend. Could go on, but no, I can't go on. This is gutting. And way, way, way too soon. https://t.co/ACflsf29T3
— David Simon (@AoDespair) March 17, 2023
Filmmaker James Gunn remembered Reddick as “an incredibly nice guy, and an incredibly talented actor”.
Actor Michael Warburton described him as a “hell of an actor”.
Screenwriter BJ Colangelo tweeted that Reddick “improved every single project just by being there”.
Reddick landed recurring roles on CSI: Miami and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and appeared in several movies including The Siege and Great Expectations.
His upcoming projects included 20th Century’s remake of White Men Can’t Jump and Shirley – Netflix’s biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.
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