You may remember around this time last year; a video went viral showing the ageless Keanu Reeves in training for his role in John Wick: Chapter 2. The video showed Keanu on the gun range, nailing some pretty impressive shots with three different weapons.
In the video, the actor cleared 19 targets in 19 seconds, using a pistol, rifle and shotgun. So, BuzzFeed decided to send two of their members of staff, Josh Davis and Sherial McKinney, to study under Taran Butler of Taran Tactical to see if they could beat Reeves’ rather impressive time.
Butler helped train Keanu/Wick for John Wick: Chapter 2, as the filmmakers wanted an element of realism in the film. Too often on the Silver Screen, you see guns firing a seemingly endless amount of bullets without the shooter reloading, but (most of) Hollywood is aiming to right this common wrong, hence why they send their actors on training courses such as this.
So with that in mind, the BuzzFeed guys were sent to the same Simi Valley school, with the same instructor, to fire the same weapons. The catch? They only had one day to get it nailed, which is no mean feat!
Before they attempted the run, Davis and McKinney were giving some basic pointers. Just as with shooting any gun, whether it be air rifles, airsoft or live ammo, stance was worked on first. After this, the draw was focused on, which Davis talks about more in detail, saying:
“First we had to work on our stance, and then our draw. The draw is important because he had to make sure we do it quickly, but also safely.
“Once we got that down and we felt comfortable with it, we got into shooting live ammo. We would do it over and over and over and over and over and over until we had it down. Seems like it wouldn’t be hard but you are learning all these steps individually that you then have to put together to be one solid fluid action.”
But the all-important question is, did they manage to beat the world’s deadliest hitman or was it just too much to ask of them to master in a day?! Find out for yourself in the video below:
Screenshot courtesy of BuzzFeedBlue/YouTube