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To prepare for the role, Keanu Reeves trained for three months. His training consisted of judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, marksmanship and driving.
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Keanu Reeves performed about 95% of the film's stunts himself. The only stunts that he didn't do are the ones in which John Wick gets hit by a car, and the one in which he falls down the stairs during the fight with Cassian (Common).
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Director Chad Stahelski was a stunt man in the "Matrix" trilogy, in which Keanu Reeves played the main character.
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This is the first time Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves worked together since The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
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The DJ performing at the party in Rome is "Le Castle Vania", who wrote music for both John Wick movies.
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The Australian distributor, Entertainment One, or EOne, planned on releasing the film directly to DVD. When news of that was made public, EOne's Facebook, Twitter and website were bombarded with e-mails and notes from angry fans, demanding the film be given a proper theatrical release in Australia. Shortly afterwards EOne announced a nationwide rollout on April 20, 2017, three months after its worldwide release.
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The actors who play the Russian mafia brothers, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) and Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), are both from Sweden.
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John Wick is intended to be a trilogy, this film being the second in that trilogy.
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After the opening title sequence, John Wick's car has an inspection sticker with the expiration date of October 2014. This is the release date of the original John Wick movie.
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The rooftop garden scene with Winston and John Wick is the same setting as seen in Spider-Man (2002) when Spider-Man saves Mary Jane from the Green Goblin.
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The Latin phrase tattooed on John Wick's (Keanu Reeves) back: "Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat" translates as "Fortune Favors the Brave".

The Latin phrase tattooed on John Wick's back states "FORTIS FORTUNA ADIUVAT" which is very old Latin and differs from the US Marine Corps motto (Fortes Fortuna Juvat = "Fortune Favors the Bold"). It translates best into modern English as "It is only The Strong ones that Fortuna (The Goddess) comes to save."
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Despite the number of kills and public gunfights, there are no police officer seen throughout the entire film besides Jimmy, who was also the only officer in the first installment. However, during one of the scenes set in Rome, you can clearly hear some sirens in the background, meaning that cops have been alerted and were sent to the place.
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The film begins less than a week after the events of John Wick (2014).
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The badge worn by the sommelier and the keychain given to Wick are actually the German Anti-Partisan Guerilla Warfare badge awarded to German soldiers during WWII. They just removed the swastika and replaced it with a skull for the movie.
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Chad Stahelski was Keanu Reeves' stunt double in the "Matrix" trilogy.
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Ruby Rose's character Ares is never referred to by name in the film. Her name is only revealed in the credits to be Ares, though it also appears next to a photograph of her earlier in the film, in the Bowery's headquarters. In Greek Mythology, Ares is the God of War.
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Keanu Reeves says to Laurence Fishburne, "So I guess you have a choice." This phrase, or variations of it, was a constant theme of these actors' previous collaboration, the Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003).
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In the subway when the $7 million contract is being sent worldwide, you can see a graffiti drawing of a character (Chains) from Payday 2 (2013). After the first installment of John Wick was released, John Wick became a playable character in the game.
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The events in the movie are set in 2014, but the "accountants" are shown typing on a Commodore VIC-20 (with the logo blacked out) that is over three decades old. The VIC-20 wasn't capable of the smooth text shown; its screen was limited to 176×184 pixels at its highest resolution. The green-on-black text shown is almost identical to the system screens from The Matrix (1999).
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The scene where John Wick is being chased in the subway system was partially filmed in the Place des Arts metro in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The French signs were replaced with the typical New York City subway signs in English.
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Chad Stahelski and David Leitch mentioned in a "Screen Junkies" interview how there were several different story ideas for this movie, including ones that would have him saving his daughter, or some love interest.
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There are multiple references to the co-op action video game Payday 2 (2013), such as a scene where the Payday Clown's masks are seen as graffiti on a wall. The final contract's number, 11111, was also a slight nod to an inside joke of the "Payday 2" community. In the game, John Wick appears as a playable character. When he was first released, he only had one line for when he collected a bag of loot, that line being "ONE!" this line would go on to become a joke among fans of the game as well as it being turned into a mod that replaced all of John Wick's lines with "ONE!".
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When the sommelier mentions that Wick was familiar with the "German varietals," it's an offhand reference to Wick using for most of the first, and part of this, movie, a Heckler & Koch P30L handgun.
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This will be the fourth time Peter Stormare and Keanu Reeves worked together after Constantine (2005), Henry's Crime (2010), and Swedish Dicks (2016).
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There are multiple references to Greek and Roman lore in the film. Lance Reddick's character's name, Charon, is a reference to the ferryman that shepherds souls to the underworld in Greek mythology. Ruby Rose's character, Ares, was the Greek God of War. Common's character, Cassian, could be a reference to John Cassian, a Roman saint, or Cassius Dio, a Roman statesman and historian. Franco Nero's character, Julius, refers to Gaio Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar). Willem Dafoe's character from the first John Wick (2014), Marcus, and John Leguizamo's character, Aurelio, combine to refer to Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor. Even John Wick's late wife, Helen, could be a reference to Helen of Troy.
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When Aurelio breaks down the problems with John's car, he actually got some of his lines from the special effects crew members who helped smash the car, seeing that John Leguizamo, who played Aurelio, was not present for those scenes and needed to be given some details.
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Partially filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The city's architecture and various landmarks are seen film, including in the first scene, in which John drives past the "Scotiabank Theatre Montreal" on Saint Catherine Street, where the movie would be shown in 2017. The French signs were replaced with the typical New York City subway signs in English.
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Keanu Reeves and Common also appeared as enemies in Street Kings (2008).
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In the Bowery King's office, a pair of circular glasses are on the Bowery King's desk which are very similar to Morpheus' glasses in The Matrix (1999), also played by Laurence Fishburne.
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The dog in this installment is an American Bully, which is similar to the British Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
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The title of the movie doesn't appear until almost 14 minutes into the film.
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The fight between John Keanu Reeves and Cassian Common in Rome contains a stairway which is one of the iconic parts of the map "Italy" from Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) and its successors.
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Posters portraying two masks from the Payday franchise can be seen. John Wick was involved in a cross-promotion prior to release with the game series.
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The Kimber 1911 that was given to John Wick could have also been supplied with a magazine of eight rounds of .45 ACP, instead of seven. Magazine design for modern 1911s can vary, based on the model of the magazine provided.
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Peter Stormare (who played Abram) also played Lucifer in Constantine alongside Keanu Reeves.
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This marks the third sequel appearance over the course of three months for Ruby Rose, who also appeared in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) and xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017).
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This isn't the first movie where Common plays a contract killer. He also plays one in Run All Night (2015), Wanted (2008) and Smokin' Aces (2006).
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At 2:30 minutes into the movie, there is a Carl F. Bucherer advertisement on a large LED screen across the street from John Wick's car as he re-enters the car. Five seconds prior to that, one can see Wick's watch as he reaches into the coat of his victim. He is wearing a Carl F. Bucherer Manero Autodate watch.
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John Leguizamo (Aurelio) and Franco Nero (Julius) appeared in Die Hard 2 (1990), as a member of the terrorist group and as Gen. Esperanza, respectively.
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The "Broad Street Bound C Train" that John Wick rides is actually a PATH train that goes between World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and Exchange Place in Jersey City, NJ.
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Screenwriter Kyle Ward polished the final screenplay.
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At the end, Winston order #11111 is confirmed on a Commodore 64.
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Throughout the film, the D'Antonio family is identified as being part of the Camorra, an Italian crime organization based in Naples. In real-life, Riccardo Scamarcio (Santino) is from the Apulia region, while Claudia Gerini (Gianna) is from Rome.
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Ares is typically associated with the color red; like other links to The Matrix (1999), Ruby Rose's character is the woman in red, as evident with her scarlet jacket.
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This is the third movie to feature both John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. The previous films were Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) and Ride Along (2014).
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The final scene takes place in the same place as one of the final fights of Netflix's Iron Fist (2017).
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Screenwriter Derek Kolstad previously wrote The Package (2013), in which the name of the main character was Tommy Wick. In 2014 he also wrote a short film titled The Forge: Subject Aries (2014). In this movie, Ruby Rose's character is named Ares.
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American Humane Association monitored some of the animal action. No animals were harmed in those scenes. (AHAD 06571)
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 116 (per the home video release's included special featurette, John Wick: Kill Count (2017)).
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When John Wick kills Ares, he stabs her in the same place he stabbed Cassian; the only difference is that he removes the knife. This shows that he refused to give her the same "professional courtesy" he gave Cassian.
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In the first John Wick film, Viggo Tarasov mentions how John once killed three men with a pencil. In this film, John does indeed kill two assassins using only a pencil.
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After John Wick fatally stabs Ares, she sits down and signs, "Be seeing you, John." This mirrors the climax of the first John Wick (2014), where after John fatally stabs Viggo, he sits and says the same phrase.
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Gianna D'Antonio's suicide had to be slightly edited for the film's theatrical release in the UK, in order to avoid an "18" rating.
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Although he receives third billing in the credits, and was featured prominently in the trailers, Laurence Fishburne has less than ten minutes of screen time and makes his first appearance towards the 90-minute mark.
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Director Chad Stahelski said one of the first ideas he wrote down, even before they had a story, was to recreate the climatic mirror-room fight between Lee and Mr. Han from Enter the Dragon (1973). So, he caps off his film with a fight sequence inside a museum exhibit made of shifting, shimmering mirrors. It's a bullet-happy nod to the iconic Bruce Lee scene.
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The film features multiple instances of religious or Biblical terminology. When John Wick first arrives in Rome, Julius asks him if his visit is connected to the Pope. The main villain's name is Santino, which translates literally as "Little Saint." Winston equates Santino's treatment of John to "stabbing the Devil in the back." The Bowery King refers to John's final showdown with Santino as a "descent into Hell." Finally, when John is expelled from the organization for breaking the rules at the end of the film, Winston refers to him as "excommunicado," in which a person is excommunicated (a status of exclusion and disfellowship) from the Church until repentance and reconciliation.
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Even though part of the film takes place in New York City, the fight scene with the female violinist assassin was filmed at Place des Arts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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One of the last scenes of the movie, in which John Wick meets Winston at the Bethesda Fountain in New York City's Central Park after Winston tells John that he is excommunicated and lost privileges, John asks why he is not dead already. Winston then signals one of his subordinates, who says "now" into a phone, causing every citizen in the park to freeze and look to John. This has glaring similarities to the scene from The Matrix (1999) in which Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) talks to Neo (Keanu Reeves) about every citizen being a possible enemy (an agent); Neo notices an agent behind him and Morpheus tells the operator to freeze the program, causing every person in the scene to freeze in place. This scene also features a fountain.
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In the sequence in which a contract is put out on John Wick, a brief shot shows graffiti of a member of the Payday Gang from the video game Payday 2 (2013). A collaboration between the first movie, John Wick (2014), and the game, "Payday 2", was established as a cross promotion.
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John Wick (Keanu Reeves) says to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), "I am the only one to help you." Reeves' Neo was called The One by Fishburne's Morpheus in the Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003).
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At the end, Winston orders #11111. It is the same number as President John F. Kennedy's executive order (executive order 11111). JFK's executive order on June 11, 1963, provided "assistance for the removal of obstructions of justice and suppression of unlawful combinations within the state of Alabama." On November 22, 1963 (five months later), he was assassinated.
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