History Trivia / DieHard

2nd Aug '16 4:05:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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It is often said that Creator/BruceWillis' lines during the scene when he pulls the glass out of his feet were ad-libbed. Indeed, it is said that upon learning this, Creator/TerryGilliam cast Willis as the lead in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. However when comparing the original script, it appears that Willis only veered very slightly from the original written dialog.

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** It is often said that Creator/BruceWillis' lines during the scene when he pulls the glass out of his feet were ad-libbed. Indeed, it is said that upon learning this, Creator/TerryGilliam cast Willis as the lead in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. However when comparing the original script, it appears that Willis only veered very slightly from the original written dialog.



** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/DonJohnson and Creator/RichardDeanAnderson could have been John [=McClane=]..

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** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/DonJohnson [[Series/MiamiVice Don Johnson]] and Creator/RichardDeanAnderson [[Series/MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson]] could have been John [=McClane=]..



** The original script called for terrorists to hijack the building, and for a super-hero cop to stop them. [=McTiernan=] modified the script to change the bad guys into robbers pretending to be terrorists so that the audience could enjoy their intention of grabbing a load of money. He felt having terrorists as the villains would make the movie less enjoyable and give it a political angle, which he wanted to avoid. McTiernan also changed the hero, John [=McClane=], into an everyday, flawed man that rises to the occasion in dire circumstances. He felt the audience would identify more with him than with a "super-cop".

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** ** The original script called for terrorists to hijack the building, and for a super-hero cop to stop them. [=McTiernan=] modified the script to change the bad guys into robbers pretending to be terrorists so that the audience could enjoy their intention of grabbing a load of money. He felt having terrorists as the villains would make the movie less enjoyable and give it a political angle, which he wanted to avoid. McTiernan also changed the hero, John [=McClane=], into an everyday, flawed man that rises to the occasion in dire circumstances. He felt the audience would identify more with him than with a "super-cop".
2nd Aug '16 4:02:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorSharedBackground: Willis' own love of Creator/RoyRogers inspired the film's other co-writer to come up with [=McClane=]'s signature catchphrase.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Willis' Creator/BruceWillis' own love of Creator/RoyRogers inspired the film's other co-writer to come up with [=McClane=]'s signature catchphrase.



** During the filming of ''Die Hard'', Alan Rickman was told that he was going to be let go on a count of three. They dropped him on "two," and the look of panic on his face is definitely not acted; one is not surprised to learn that he was extremely angry after that shoot was over.

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** During the filming of ''Die Hard'', Alan Rickman Creator/AlanRickman was told that he was going to be let go on a count of three. They dropped him on "two," and the look of panic on his face is definitely not acted; one is not surprised to learn that he was extremely angry after that shoot was over.



** Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons as Germans in ''1'' and ''Vengeance''.

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** Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons Creator/AlanRickman as Germans in ''1'' and ''Vengeance''.a German.



* FakeRussian: German actor Sebastian Koch plays the Russian Komarov in ''A Good Day to Die Hard''.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bruce's exhaustion from his schedule (he was also shooting ''{{Moonlighting}}'') forced de Souza to beef up the roles of the other characters, giving characters like Al Powell (Reginald [=VelJohnson=]), Ellis (Hart Bochner), Argyle (De'voreaux White), and Richard Thornburg (William Atherton) more personality and screen time.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bruce's Creator/BruceWillis' exhaustion from his schedule (he was also shooting ''{{Moonlighting}}'') forced de Souza to beef up the roles of the other characters, giving characters like Al Powell (Reginald [=VelJohnson=]), Ellis (Hart Bochner), Argyle (De'voreaux White), and Richard Thornburg (William Atherton) more personality and screen time.



* StarMakingRole: ''Die Hard'' for Creator/BruceWillis and Creator/AlanRickman, the latter making his film debut.

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* StarMakingRole: ''Die Hard'' for For Creator/BruceWillis and Creator/AlanRickman, the latter making his film debut.



** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib; Alan Rickman also improvised the bit of helping himself to the party buffet while saying this. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Rickman could do a good American impersonation.

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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib; Alan Rickman Creator/AlanRickman also improvised the bit of helping himself to the party buffet while saying this. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Rickman could do a good American impersonation.



It is often said that Creator/BruceWillis' lines during the scene when he pulls the glass out of his feet were ad-libbed. Indeed, it is said that upon learning this, Creator/TerryGilliam cast Willis as the lead in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''. However when comparing the original script, it appears that Willis only veered very slightly from the original written dialog.



** This is the big one: Nothing Lasts Forever, the novel in which this franchise started from, was a sequel to the Novel "The Detective." Which was adapted to film starring Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was 73 at the time, but a clause in the first movie's contract meant he had a right to accept the role in the sequel before it could be offered to anyone else. In other words Frank Sinatra technically was and would have been the Original John [=McClane=]. Which actually would have fit pretty well in the adaptation, as its hero was an old, retired cop who found his inner BadassGrandpa during the siege.
** Alan Rickman nearly passed up the role of Hans Gruber, which ended up being his first film role. He had only arrived in Hollywood two days earlier and was appalled by the idea of his first role being the villain in an action film.
** Creator/RichardGere turned down the role of [=McClane=].

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** This is the big one: Nothing Lasts Forever, the novel in which this franchise started from, was a sequel to the Novel "The Detective." Which was adapted to film starring Frank Sinatra.Creator/FrankSinatra. Sinatra was 73 at the time, but a clause in the first movie's contract meant he had a right to accept the role in the sequel before it could be offered to anyone else. In other words Frank Sinatra technically was and would have been the Original John [=McClane=]. Which actually would have fit pretty well in the adaptation, as its hero was an old, retired cop who found his inner BadassGrandpa during the siege.
** Alan Rickman Creator/AlanRickman nearly passed up the role of Hans Gruber, which ended up being his first film role. He had only arrived in Hollywood two days earlier and was appalled by the idea of his first role being the villain in an action film.
** Creator/RichardGere Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/DonJohnson and Creator/RichardDeanAnderson could have been John [=McClane=]..
** In the original script, as in the original novel, the action took place over three days, but Creator/JohnMcTiernan was inspired to have it take place over a single night by ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''.
** Creator/SamNeill
turned down the role of [=McClane=].Hans Gruber.
** Creator/SallyField, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/DianeKeaton, and Creator/GlennClose were each considered for Holly McClane. But, Creator/BruceWillis rejected them, because he wanted Bonnie Bedelia to play her since he was a fan of her work.
** The original script called for terrorists to hijack the building, and for a super-hero cop to stop them. [=McTiernan=] modified the script to change the bad guys into robbers pretending to be terrorists so that the audience could enjoy their intention of grabbing a load of money. He felt having terrorists as the villains would make the movie less enjoyable and give it a political angle, which he wanted to avoid. McTiernan also changed the hero, John [=McClane=], into an everyday, flawed man that rises to the occasion in dire circumstances. He felt the audience would identify more with him than with a "super-cop".
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The character of Hans Gruber is rumored to be based on author Roderick Thorp's father, a known tyrant amongst friends and family.
10th May '16 4:09:29 PM eroock
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At the suggestion of director John McTiernan, Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) is the musical theme of the terrorists. Hans Gruber, the terrorist leader, even hums it at one point in the movie (while he is on the elevator with Mr. Takagi).
10th May '16 4:08:59 PM eroock
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* {{Improv}}: Much of the script was improvised due to the constant screenplay tweaks that were being made during filming.
At the suggestion of director John McTiernan, Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) is the musical theme of the terrorists. Hans Gruber, the terrorist leader, even hums it at one point in the movie (while he is on the elevator with Mr. Takagi).
18th Apr '16 12:55:24 AM PaulA
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** Creator/RichardGere turned down the role of [=McClane=].
26th Mar '16 5:47:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Many Finnish viewers might recognize boxer, professional wrestler and politician Tony Halme (aka Ludvig Borga) in ''With a Vengeance''.
** [[TheBreakfastClub Mr. Vernon]] is Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson.
** Special Agents Johnson and Johnson (no relation) are [[Film/LicenceToKill Franz Sanchez and Hawkins]]. The former's also known as [[Film/TheGoonies Jake Fratelli]].
** O'Reilly in the second movie is [[TheTerminator T-1000]] and [[SpyKids Mr. Lisp]]!
** [[NYPDBlue Detective Andy Sipowicz]] is Captain Lorenzo!
** Also, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Tuvok]] in ''Live Free or Die Hard''
*** Speaking of, [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Colm Meaney]] in ''Die Hard 2'' [[spoiler:as the pilot of the doomed plane.]]
** One of the terrorists in ''Die Hard'' is [[Film/BillAndTed Genghis Khan]] and ''Die Hard 2'', you won't believe it... [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Sid the Sloth]].
** [[ViewAskewniverse Silent Bob]] in ''Live Free Or Die Hard''.
** [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Vigo the Carpathian]] blows up a SWAT vehicle.
*** And [[WalkerTexasRanger Ranger Trivette]] is the EvilGenius.
** And [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Walter Peck]] is Richard "Dick" Thornburg.
** John's children are [[Film/ScottPilgrim Ramona Flowers]] and [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Varro]].
** [[Series/{{Heroes}} Emile Danko]] is an FBI agent.
** [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Necros]] is the first {{Mook}} [=McClane=] offs.
** [[Series/LawAndOrder D.A. Arthur Branch]] is Trudeau, the airport chief in ''Die Harder''.
** [[GoodTimes James Evans, Sr.]] is Major Grant.
** [[DancesWithWolves Kicking Bird]] is one of [=McClane=]'s fellow NYPD officers.
*** So is [[Film/{{Clue}} Yvette]].
** [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin Seville]] is now [=McClane=]'s partner in ''Live Free''?!
** The utility worker in the manhole who is ordered to cut the power in the first movie is [[Film/GroundhogDay Gus]].
** Sgt. Al Powell... you know that is funny, it's the first time that you will likely see this man (actor Reginald Vel Johnson) as a police officer. [[FamilyMatters It will not be his last]], [[TypeCasting far from it honestly]].
** [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Heywood]] is your BigBad in the second movie.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The {{Jerkass}} parking cop at the beginning of ''Die Harder'' is none other than [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Detective Harvey Bullock]]
** The Japanese dub of ''A Good Day for Die Hard'' has an interesting casting addition: Jack [=McClane=] is voiced by Sou Nozawa, who is the son of the late Creator/NachiNozawa, who was John [=McClane=] (and BruceWillis)'s Japanese voice actor until his death. Oddly enough, Ben Hiura (who is the current Japanese voice actor for Willis, who replaced Nozawa) didn't voice John in that film: He's voiced by Hidetoshi Nakamura instead, on the other hand, Creator/MieSonozaki (who voiced Lucy [=McLane=] in ''Live Free'') reprise that role in the ''A Good Day'' dub.
6th Feb '16 5:11:22 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** From the same movie, the shot in the elevator shaft where [=McClane=] drops from the vent he was aiming for, but manages to grab the next one down was an accident on the part of the stuntman that [[ThrowItIn made the final cut anyway]].


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** The shot in the elevator shaft where [=McClane=] drops from the vent he was aiming for, but manages to grab the next one down was an accident on the part of the stuntman that [[ThrowItIn made the final cut anyway]].
17th Jan '16 7:50:39 AM LtFedora
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** Al Leong improvised the bit where he takes a candy bar from the concession stand before fighting the SWAT team, as he felt the scene could use some comic relief.
14th Jan '16 5:40:36 PM LtFedora
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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Alan Rickman could do a good American impersonation.

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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib. lib; Alan Rickman also improvised the bit of helping himself to the party buffet while saying this. Much of the scene where Hans tries to use a fake American accent to pass himself off as a hostage to [=McClane=] was apparently ad-libbed after the producers discovered that Alan Rickman could do a good American impersonation.
14th Jan '16 4:18:21 PM KamsleyKlan
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* TheOtherDarrin: John's daughter and son appeared as adults in the fourth and fifth films but were played by different (child) actors in the first film.
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