In this weekend’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman is finally getting some much-needed backup in the form of Halle Berry’s Sofia. The Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to action franchises, given her history in the X-Men movies and as a Bond girl, but there’s action and then there’s John Wick action. Thus, Halle Berry had to prepare for the role and that meant going through some seriously intense weapons training, which you can see in the video below.
Halle Berry has said that she learned some serious skills training for John Wick 3 and you can’t doubt her after seeing how dedicated she is to the role and how seriously she is taking her training in this video. Getting good with these weapons takes time and effort, and Halle Berry clearly put in the work; she didn’t just show up for a half day one time.
You can see Halle Berry’s progress throughout the video, and her changing outfits indicate her training took place over a period of time; this wasn’t all from one session. This video from Taran Tactical isn’t gussied up with movie magic to make Halle Berry look better or more accurate either, it appears to be all her.
The actress looks like a pro as she quickly reloads and moves from target to target with purpose and confidence, using both a handgun and a rifle. The sequence where she comes off the line, quickly drawing her sidearm and firing before easily switching to her rifle and continuing is particularly badass.
I also like how she looks super intense and serious while doing the training, but can’t help but crack a smile when she’s done and receives a compliment, like on her double taps. Maybe Halle Berry should call up Ruben Fleischer and see if she can snag a role in Zombieland: Double Tap because she’s certainly qualified.
No wonder Halle Berry called up John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum director Chad Stahelski to pitch herself for a role. She obviously loves doing this kind of stuff and is pretty good at it. It must also be mentioned that Keanu Reeves was keeping time for Halle Berry as she went through the course. How cool is that?
The Oscar-winning actress joins the franchise as an old friend of John Wick’s, a former assassin and fellow dog lover who now runs a hotel and no longer goes around shooting people in the head. That won’t last long though, and Halle Berry made sure that she’d look legit and lethal as Sofia, opposite the seasoned pro Keanu Reeves who does the majority of the action in his movies.