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Rina Sawayama says she got a role in John Wick: Chapter 4 because of her "Bad Friend" and "XS" videos

16 March 2023, 17:19 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Rina Sawayama has revealed that she got her role in John Wick: Chapter 4 after director Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves watched her "Bad Friend" and "XS" videos.

Next week John Wick: Chapter 4 will arrive in cinemas, and Rina Sawayama, who will make her feature film acting debut in the film as Akira, recently spoke to Jimmy Fallon about how she got the role, revealing that the director and Keanu Reeves considered her for the role after seeing her "Bad Friend" and "XS" videos.

After explaining that she got a call from John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski after writing the bulk of her second album, and how she uses her music videos as an "acting portfolio", Sawayama said, "It worked, because he said, "I've been watching your videos. Keanu and I watched your "Bad Friend" video and "XS" video, and was so impressed because clearly you do stunts" - because I did fighting in "Bad Friend" - "and clearly you can act" - in "XS"."

John Wick: Chapter 4 will also star Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and more.

John Wick: Chapter 4 will arrive in cinemas on 24 March.

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