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Clint Eastwood, 94, and Harrison Ford 81 have had unbelievable Hollywood careers up to now, from The Man With No Name Spaghetti Westerns to Indiana Jones.

But do you know that each have been initially envisioned for one of many movie business’s largest present motion franchises that continues to develop in reputation and success?

It seems that when screenwriter Derek Kolstad initially wrote John Wick, he’d conceived of the retired murderer being round 75-years-old and performed by both Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford, as an alternative of the a lot youthful Keanu Reeves.

The information comes from Edward Gross and Mark A Altman’s They Shouldn’t Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu, and the New Age of Action.

According to Entertainment Weekly, John Wick franchise producer Basil Iwanyk beforehand stated: “The lead was a 75-year-old man, twenty-five years after being retired. It was the fun of watching Clint Eastwood kick ass. I thought, ‘Okay, there’s probably one or two names you could do this with: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford.’ Other than that, I’m not sure how I put this movie together. But the tone of the script for John Wick was subversive and really fun. It has a very clear emotional through line and a great premise for an action movie.”

However, when Keanu grew to become concerned, John Wick – who is ready to have a fifth movie –instantly grew to become a lot youthful.

Iwanyk continued: “My different greatest good friend on the earth, this man Jimmy Darmody, is an agent at CAA, who on the time represented Keanu. And he stated, ‘Do you will have any motion films for Keanu Reeves?’ I keep in mind pondering to myself, ‘Keanu is without doubt one of the nice motion stars of the final 25 years — what occurred to him? What’s he been doing?’ And he was directing his film, Man of Tai Chi, and doing 47 Ronin. We give him the script, we inform him, ‘Clearly, you are not 75.'”

We had talked internally about actors, but it was Keanu Reeves — a voracious script reader; anything he gets his hands on, he reads — who got his talons into it and made it his own… The first thing that Keanu said to me was, ‘Okay, Derek, I’m going to play him 35.’ And I’m like, ‘Fine.'”