The video below is of actor Keanu Reeves schooling during 3-Gun training at Taran Tactical. He’s good.
From what I have gathered from the Interwebs, this is part of his training for his role in John Wick 2. I haven’t seen the first one, because from the trailers it looked like a Taken knockoff, but now I will have to see if I can find it On Demand. This video reminds me of another one I saw from a few years back about the making of the awesome Tom Cruise movie, Collateral. Tom Cruise was incredible with a pistol in that movie. From the behind the scenes video, the director Michael Mann had Cruise engage in live fire training with a retired SAS instructor so that when he (Cruise) was on set with his blank firing gun, in his mind he was shooting live ammo and would act more realistically. I thought that was a really cool idea and it totally payed off in the film
Using 3-Gun to prep for a role is a novel idea. I wonder if Keanu will stick with it after his John Wick career is over. It would be very cool if shooters start to see Reeves appearing at local matches and shooting for fun. He’s got two things going for him as a three gun shooter: a lot of time invested in professional training getting started, and all that Matrix money to buy ammo to feed a 3-Gun habit.
Back in 2008, Reeves did an interview where he said “You mean should citizens be able to have a weapon? Yeah, why not? I am not fundamentally against citizens having access to a weapon, but I think that it has complications, the use of it. It’s probably not the wisest thing. Personally I don’t own a weapon.” At face value that doesn’t seem so great, but when you consider that the standard Hollywood line is “NO GUNS FOR ANYBODY EVER.” Reeves’ statement was pretty permissive. Remeber that a number of the Giltterati walked the red carpet at the Oscars wearing an anti-gun gris-gris and contributed their celebrity status to an Everytown PSA. Hollywood isn’t above biting the hands the feeds them either. PARA USA cut ties with Liam Neeson over anti-gun comments he made, and that Daniel Craig went on an anti-gun rant, despite the fact that these actors’ highest grossing films were filled with gun play.
Perhaps in the 8 years since his interview, and all the 3-Gun he’s being doing, Reeves has gone a little further in the direction of gun rights. It would be a huge boon to the gun community to have a big name, bankable star start bringing home trophies for a shooting sport… and a shooting sport that involves high capacity magazines and black rifles at that. One can only hope.