Lance Reddick praised by his ‘John Wick’ franchise colleagues

Colleagues in the “John Wick” universe remembered Lance Reddick, who died Friday at age 60, as an actor with “unparalleled depth” in the role of concierge Charon.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Lance Reddick. He was an outstanding professional and a pleasure to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife, Stephanie, their children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him greatly,” co-star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski said in a statement to The Times.

In a separate statement, Lionsgate said, “The world of Vic would not be what it is without Lance Reddick, and he brings unparalleled depth to Charon’s humanity and irrepressible charisma.”

“Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely influential body of work, but we will remember him as our dear, joyous friend and concierge,” the statement continued. “We are shocked and heartbroken, and our deepest condolences go out to his lovely family and his fans around the world.”

Reddick spoke with The Times about the first three “John Wick” movies in 2019.

“I’ve never seen a Hit-Man Revenge script done like this before. We’ve seen that idea many times, but the way Derek Kolstad wrote that script was incredibly creative, incredibly tight and kind of character. Because it was under the studio’s radar at that time, they left us alone,” said the actor.

“I just wanted to do it because it was a good world to be in and I think I arrived at the right time. I had no idea it would turn into such an event.”

The film will be released in theaters on March 24. Reddick reportedly skipped the New York premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4” this week.

Times Staff Writers Josh Rotenberg and Christy D’Zurrilla contributed to this post.

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