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Keanu Reeves loves a good fight in the dog-loving assassin series, "John Wick".
The actor of "The Matrix" fame told Reuters on Friday evening (May 3) at a special screening in London's West End that "some contact" is good when it comes to filming the action scenes as John Wick in "Chapter 3 - Parabellum".
"You need some bumps and bruises - not the injuries, but bumps and bruises are good," he said, after going through what he described as "John Wick boot camp" for the third time and improving his "movie kung fu" techniques.
Reeves reunites with director Chad Stahelski and actor Laurence Fishburne ('Bowery King') who both worked with him on "John Wick 2" and "The Matrix" films. Picking up where "John Wick 2" finished off, after Wick kills a member of the international assassin's guild, the High Table, "Parabellum" - Latin for "prepare for war" - sees the assassin on the run with a $14 million price tag on his head, open to any hitman or woman to collect.
It is a deadly race against time to find the peace he craves.
And there are lots of animals in the third film, including dogs.
Since the killing of Wick's beagle puppy Daisy in the first outing in 2014, fans have been concerned on social media about witnessing yet another canine death this time around.
"I think you get one dog death in your entire career," said Stahelski.
"Both myself and my partner Dave Leitch, we've capitalised on that." The director said the global appeal of "John Wick" was Keanu Reeves who embodies the role.
"John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" that co-stars Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Anjelica Huston and Ian McShane is released on May 17.
(Production: Will Russell, Lisa Giles-Keddie)