There’s a story going viral from the Wall Street Journal about NBA center Boban Marjanovic and his big scene in John Wick 3, in which the 7-foot-3 vet was asked to kick Keanu Reeves’ stunt double. When he did it, Marjanovic sent the man flying back 15 feet.
As Marjanovic told For The Win on Friday, there was a reason he was working with the stuntman before he says he actually kicked Reeves in a fight scene that took place in a library.
“I kicked the stuntman first because my foot is so big, I didn’t want to kick (Reeves) in the face,” he says. ‘It was a pretty good kick, to be honest. I kicked both of them, but in the movie, it was Keanu.”
While he was a member of the Clippers (he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in February), he was driving home from practice when he was texted by one of his reps about interest in him acting in the third installment of the John Wick franchise. He said he starting yelling, but he didn’t tell his teammates at first.
“If you say something, maybe it doesn’t happen,” he remembers thinking. “(Acting) could be my future career. Why not?”
Boban’s a “real star” 😂
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The other question: Why did director Chad Stahelski want the Serbian who had never acted in anything other than a commercial?
“I love playing with size differentials,” Stahelski told FTW‘s Hemal Jhaveri. “I’d wanted size and in the second movie we’d have a very famous sumo wrestler come in from Japan and be a part of it, so I wanted the scale difference of height. And our producer Basil Iwanyk was a big basketball fan and introduced to me to Boban, who technically has the largest hands in the NBA, and we thought, that was really interesting. So we contacted him and he was very game for it.”
Eventually, Marjanovic was cast and he got to meet Reeves, who gave him tips about “everything” on set. Marjanovic was told he picked up quickly on everything from his lines to the fighting.
“I heard a lot of good things about Keanu,” he says. “When I met him, it was true what they say and he’s an even better man than what I’ve heard. He brings positive energy, he’s a guy who respects you as a person and is really professional. He’s a good man.”
It’s quite a 2019 for the big man. He nearly reached the Eastern Conference Finals with the Sixers after he was dealt to Philly, and after he watched his big scene at the film’s premiere earlier this week with his Clippers and 76ers teammate Tobias Harris, he’s heading into NBA free agency.
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So will he work with Harris to ensure he and his close friend will end up on the same team?
“I hope we can stay together, but if not we’ll still do The Bobi and Tobi Show,” he says, referring to the Facebook show he and Harris shot together.
Then, what he added made him sound like an old show biz pro.
“The show must go on.”