Berry joins Keanu Reeves in the John Wick franchise for its third installment, out in theaters on May 17

By Eric Todisco Hanna Flanagan
May 15, 2019 04:05 PM

Halle Berry has played a lot of roles over her career, but she’s never given it her all like she did making John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.

Berry, 52, a newcomer to the action franchise, said, “The training was like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my whole career — and I’ve done a few action movies before”

“After I saw John Wick 2, I researched how they did this,” Berry said while promoting the film in New York City. “So, I knew how hard it was. Just being in it was life changing. I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder or longer to prepare for a part in a movie.”

Berry plays Sofia in John Wick: Chapter 3, an assassin who is close friends with Reeve’s John Wick. In preparations for the part, the Oscar winner gained some new talents while in training.

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“I learned parts of jiu jitsu,” she said. “I learned how to fire a gun. I had never worked with firearms really in that way before.”

“I became a dog trainer,” she continued. “I don’t have a black belt or anything — I didn’t get any belt from this training. But I will tell you this: if someone thought they were going to snatch my purse on the street, they better think again.”

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On Monday, Berry supported Reeves, 54, as he was memorialized at the TLC Chinese Theater in Los Angeles with a special ceremony.

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While Reeves’ name and footprints were put into wet cement, it took the actor three tries to get his signature perfect, according to CBS Los Angeles.

John Wick: Chapter 3 is out in theaters May 17.