HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 20: Clancy Brown attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 4" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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John Wick 4 Makes Perfect Use Of Clancy Brown
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This story contains spoilers for
“John Wick: Chapter 4.”
Clancy Brown has had a lengthy and storied career, bringing his unmistakable voice to his many characters, from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” to even “Spongebob SquarePants.” The actor now provides his commanding tone, acting prowess, and formidable presence to “John Wick: Chapter 4,” and though he doesn’t get involved in the action, his role couldn’t be more perfect.
Throughout his career, Brown has portrayed many hard-boiled figures and brought a genuine passion to his dynamic performances like the Kurgan in “Highlander.” While Brown doesn’t have much screen time in the world of “John Wick,” the actor effectively manages to establish his presence as The Harbinger in a movie filled with much flashier characters.
The film cleverly links The Harbinger with the titular character himself. As Brown explained, his character is “what John Wick is in danger of becoming. Like Wick, the Harbinger can’t get away from The High Table, ever. Unlike Wick, the Harbinger is old. He limps and has scars. So, instead of being an assassin for that organization, he conducts its business.”
A central theme of the “John Wick” series is obedience to the High Table’s rules, but almost every character tries to manipulate them for their own means — including The Harbinger. Although he seems to be the voice of reason for the Marquis, Brown shared, “He gives the Marquis enough rope to hang himself, but he will always enforce The Table’s rules.”