When the first “John Wick” movie was released in 2014, audiences were in for a surprise when the adorable beagle puppy given to Keanu Reeves’ character by his late wife was killed within the first 20 minutes of the film. It was a brutal scene that instantly got viewers on John Wick’s side as he seeks revenge against the mobster who killed his beloved pet.
But what happened to the real-life dog who played Daisy in the movie? It turns out, Daisy is actually a boy named Andy, owned by Kim Krafsky, a dog trainer for Animal Actors International. Fortunately, Andy is alive and well, and living with a friend of Krafsky’s who changed his name to Wick in honor of the movie. Krafsky said that Wick was chosen for the role because of his “rock star” quality and his perfect temperament.
While it was a difficult scene to film, the production company made sure that no animals were harmed in the making of the movie. Actor Omer Barnea, who had to “kill” Wick/Daisy, reportedly felt guilty and cuddled the dog every time the director yelled “cut.”
The scene was risky for the movie’s success, as killing the dog could have alienated the audience. However, the co-directors of the film deliberately went against the production company’s notes and decided to kill the dog to give John Wick a motive for revenge.
The “John Wick” franchise has since become hugely popular, but it is important to remember that animals should never be exploited for the sake of entertainment. As viewers, we have the power to Support sustainable and ethical production practices by choosing to watch movies and TV shows that prioritize Animal rights and environmental sustainability.
We can also make a difference in our own lives by adopting sustainable practices like reducing single-use plastics, composting, and donating excess materials. Let’s remember that every small action we take towards sustainability can have a positive impact on our planet and the animals that call it home.
While Daisy’s death in the first “John Wick” movie was a heart-wrenching scene, it is important to recognize that the real-life dog who played the character is safe and well. As viewers, we can Support sustainable and ethical production practices and make a difference in our own lives by adopting sustainable habits. Let’s continue to advocate for Animal rights and environmental sustainability in the entertainment industry and beyond.
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