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The premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4” on March 20, 2023, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles was a star-studded affair. However, the event was bittersweet as guests were offered blue ribbons to wear in memory of the beloved actor, Lance Reddick, who passed away on March 17 due to natural causes. Reddick played Charon in the film, and his loss was deeply felt by all. The cast and crew of the movie came together to honor his memory, paying tribute to his life and work.
Laurence Fishburne, who played The Bowery King in the movie, spoke about Reddick’s passing at the event, expressing his shock and sadness. Fishburne referred to Reddick as his brother and described how difficult it was to lose someone so dear. He spoke about the challenges of life, which were undoubtedly shared by all those in attendance.
Keanu Reeves, who played the titular hitman, was also present at the premiere and spoke about Reddick’s passing in an interview with Deadline. Reeves expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with Reddick over the years and said that he would cherish the experience “for the rest of my life.” Reeves acknowledged Reddick’s beautiful personality and the special bond he shared with the cast and crew of the “John Wick” family.
Director Chad Stahelski also spoke to Deadline about Reddick’s passing, sharing his deep sorrow and paying tribute to Reddick’s life and work. Stahelski described Reddick as a mentor, a friend, and a great human being, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to have worked with him for over a decade.
The LA premiere was a chance for the cast and crew of “John Wick: Chapter 4” to come together and honor the memory of Lance Reddick. Guests wore blue ribbons in his honor, and the film was dedicated to him. At the end of the screening, the audience gave Reddick a standing ovation, a testament to the impact he had on those around him.
Reddick was a talented actor who brought a unique and captivating presence to the screen. He was known for his exceptional performances in films such as “The Wire,” “Fringe,” and “Bosch,” among others. His contribution to the entertainment industry will always be remembered and celebrated.
In conclusion, the premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4” was a bittersweet occasion that allowed the cast and crew to come together and honor the memory of their beloved colleague, Lance Reddick. The tributes paid to Reddick at the event were a testament to the impact he had on the “John Wick” family and the entertainment industry. Although his presence will be deeply missed, his legacy will undoubtedly live on forever.
By Megan Cole