John Wick: Chapter 2

Trying to avoid his criminal past, John Wick soon finds out that he has a bounty on his head.
  • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio
  • Director(s): Chad Stahelski
  • Producer(s): Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee
  • Screenwriter(s): Derek Kolstad
  • Distributor: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate
  • Animal Coordinator: Animal Actors, Inc
  • Release Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, John Wick has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scene where the dog jumps on the bed with the actor and lies next to him, trainers were off camera and cued the dog to jump on the bed. The actor and the dog had a great report, so it wasn’t difficult for them to act like buddies!

In the scene where the actor lies on the ground in front of his house that’s burned to the ground and the dog licks his face, this wasn’t really a burning house, but a set made to look like one. The fire itself was very low or added in post production, so the dog was never exposed to flames or heavy smoke. As they walk through the burned down house, again this was a set, and nothing was smoking or on fire.

In the scene where the actor handles pigeons in a large coop on an apartment rooftop, the coop was constructed by production. Everything inside of it was inspected and cleaned. The pigeons were trained homing pigeons with clipped wings so they couldn’t fly off the roof. They were also trained to be tethered. Animal wranglers were off frame at all times. When the actor releases the pigeons, on action, the wranglers cued the pigeons to fly. The pigeons returned to the coop or were easily retrieved by the wranglers.

Due to late notification and/or limited resources, American Humane Association did not monitor some of the dog action.