“The Moroccans are not big on canines. Love a f---ing cat, though,” the director said.
Rabat – The director of John Wick 3, Chad Stahelski, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that filming was almost derailed thanks to the thousands of cats that call Essaouira home.
“The Moroccans are not big on canines. Love a f—ing cat, though,” the director said. We show up to shoot (…) there were literally a thousand cats, okay? And these cats (…) they’re not afraid of anything.”
The situation was complicated further by the two Belgian Malinois dogs in the scene being filmed, who were reportedly constantly distracted by chasing cats.
“You want that dog focused on what he’s supposed to bite, and what he’s not supposed to bite. Hit the mark, right? And there’s ten cats walking around and you’re going, ‘Oh, Jesus. Oh, Jesus.”
“You’re sitting behind the monitor going, ‘what’s the dog looking at? What’s the dog looking at? Oh my god, oh my god, he’s going to bite — Argh!’ It got a little crazy between cat-wrangling, and dog-wrangling, and people-wrangling,” Chad Stahelski explained.
The original John Wick, released in 2014, was received to great success, bringing in USD 88 million worldwide. The second chapter of the saga smashed the previous figure with USD 171 million at the box office.
The story is about follows Wick (Keanu Reeves), a retired hitman and widower, who goes on a mad killing spree after Russian gangsters steal his car and kill his dog.
John Wick 2 continues the story, introducing a council of crime bosses who run the world. The third installment in the thriller series is expected to pick up the cliffhanger from the previous movie when Wick disappears while being pursued by the entire criminal underworld.
John Wick 3 was released on May 17.