History Trivia / DieHard

29th Nov '16 2:43:15 AM UmbraFractus
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* RetroactiveRecognition: It seems what ''actually'' killed [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]] was a C4 explosion.
6th Nov '16 12:16:53 PM TMK87
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** Finland: Originally titled "Vain Kuolleen Ruumiini Yli" ("Over My Dead Body"), but nowadays the original English title is used to refer to the movie (or, alternatively, the series as a whole).

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** Finland: Originally titled The Finnish version is an interesting case: the original title was "Vain Kuolleen Ruumiini Yli" ("Over My Dead Body"), but Body"). While the translated title is fairly close to the original, nowadays the original English title is used to refer to the movie (or, alternatively, the series as a whole).
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** Finland: Originally titled "Vain Kuolleen Ruumiini Yli" ("Over My Dead Body"), but nowadays the original English title is used to refer to the movie (or, alternatively, the series as a whole).
5th Nov '16 10:14:30 AM major-kumquat
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The original title, an English idiom, is hard to translate correctly, as it would sound like "It is hard to kill him" or "He dies slowly". That's why we have:
** Hungary: "Give your life expensive". The title of the sequel is "Your life is more expensive", and the third part is "The life is always expensive".
** Norway: "Aksjon Skyskraper"
** Poland: "The Glass Trap" (which sounds and fits very well in the language, but does not make sense for sequels)
** Russia: "Hard Nut" (to crack).
** Spain: "Crystal Jungle"
28th Sep '16 9:04:36 AM JamesAustin
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* EnforcedMethodActing:
** 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.

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EnforcedMethodActing: 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.



** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/NickNolte, [[Series/MiamiVice Don Johnson]] and [[Series/MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson]] 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, [[Series/MiamiVice Don Johnson]] and [[Series/MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson]] could have been John [=McClane=]..[=McClane=].
28th Sep '16 9:02:38 AM JamesAustin
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* DivorcedInstallment: The film was was based on a book, ''Nothing Lasts Forever''. This book was a sequel to ''Literature/TheDetective'', which had [[Film/TheDetective its own popular film adaptation]] in 1968, starring Music/FrankSinatra. When Sinatra declined to be in a film sequel, it was quickly retooled... into a sequel to ''Film/{{Commando}}'', with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger reprising his role as John Matrix. Arnie passed on it, too, leading to it being retooled into an original work entirely, creating the ''Die Hard'' known and loved today.

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* DivorcedInstallment: The film was was based on a book, ''Nothing Lasts Forever''. This book was a sequel to ''Literature/TheDetective'', ''The Detective'', which had [[Film/TheDetective its own popular film adaptation]] adaptation in 1968, starring Music/FrankSinatra. When Sinatra declined to be in a film sequel, it was quickly retooled... into a sequel to ''Film/{{Commando}}'', with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger reprising his role as John Matrix. Arnie passed on it, too, leading to it being retooled into an original work entirely, creating the ''Die Hard'' known and loved today.



** 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".

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** Creator/SallyField, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/DianeKeaton, Creator/GlennClose, Goldie Hawn, and Creator/GlennClose Diane Keaton were each considered for Holly McClane.[=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 [=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 4:05:09 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).
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