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“He Wasn’t Trying To Be French”: John Wick 4’s Marquis Accent Criticism Addressed By Director-TGN

Summary

  • John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski defends Bill Skarsgård’s unique accent as the Marquis, stating it was never intended to sound like normal French.
  • Stahelski reveals that Skarsgård approached him early on with the idea of doing a Cajun-style French accent, which is different from normal French.
  • The franchise is characterized by its mythic, larger-than-life figures and strange customs, and Skarsgård’s over-the-top villain fits in with this.


John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski addresses criticisms of Bill Skarsgård’s accent as the Marquis. Released earlier this year to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the fourth film sees Keanu Reeves return as the titular assassin for more action-packed mayhem. The latest installment features a new villain in the form of Marquis Vincent Bisset de Gramont, who Skarsgård plays with a unique accent.

Following John Wick: Chapter 4‘s box office success earlier this year, Stahelski defends Skargård’s accent choice in a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

The director explains that the accent was never intended to sound like normal French, with Skarsgård instead putting a unique spin on it. Check out Stahelski’s full comment below:

“He came to be, he goes, ‘I want to do a little bit like f–ked up French like Cajun accent.’ I’m like, ‘I have no idea what that sounds like.’ Some people gave us sh-t a little bit because it’s not a good French accent. I’m like, ‘Guys, it’s not supposed to be French.’ Like, he wasn’t trying to be French, he’s a guy that speaks French.”


Skarsgård’s Over-The-Top John Wick Villain Suits The Franchise

In addition to balletic action and a subdued but slick performance from Reeves, each John Wick movie also has its own unique villains, many of whom are quite flamboyant and over-the-top. The Marquis serves as John Wick: Chapter 4‘s main villain, pulling the strings and attempting to orchestrate Wick’s death.

While, in any other film, Skarsgård’s performance would be out of place and distracting, it fits within the world of the John Wick franchise. The movies don’t take place in the real world, but rather a heightened version of the real world populated by a great number of assassins and larger-than-life figures. The universe is filled with strange customs and a rich mythology, and is presented with a tone that is entirely unique, blending graphic violence with a dark sense of humor and epic visuals.

As with Laurence Fishburne’s bombastic, scripture-quoting Bowery King or Scott Adkins’ frankly outrageous Killa Harkan, the Marquis is a believable figure in the John Wick universe. Everything about the franchise is mythic and not supposed to be grounded in reality, and Skarsgård’s performance as the Marquis only serves to further flesh this out in John Wick: Chapter 4.

Source: Josh Horowitz/ YouTube

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