Halle Berry plays a major role in next month's John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum and showed such serious commitment to joining the action franchise that she accidentally injured herself while preparing.
While rehearsing her fight scenes with star Keanu Reeves, Berry revealed she broke three ribs as she tried to match Reeves in his third appearance as the eponymous assassin.
"It was pretty amazing. It was a little terrifying at first because [Keanu Reeves is] so damn good, and I wanted to be on the same level as him. I didn’t want to disappoint him," explained Berry in an interview with Extra TV. "I broke three ribs when I was rehearsing for John Wick… It’s like a badge of honor for me, we don’t know how it happened… I worked for a little while with broken ribs until I could no longer do it."
Berry made it a personal aspiration to join the film series, cold-calling the filmmakers for a part in the film. Upon discovery of the extent of her injuries, Berry received director Chad Stahelski's blessing to take time off to recover. When she returned, she found herself feeling better than ever before as filming resumed.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum opens on May 17 in theaters everywhere. It stars Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Lance Reddick and Anjelica Huston.