History Trivia / DieHard

16th Jun '17 5:59:14 AM Josef5678
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* WTHCastingAgency: Not well remembered, but at the time, putting Bruce Willis on the project was this in ''spades''. The lead role was written for the 72-year old Frank Sinatra, and at the time Willis was a ''comedian'' in a downward spiral; internal strife and ShippingBedDeath were destroying ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', and most viewers knew him as "The guy from the Seagram's Wine Coolers commercials." Imagine a modern film built around ''Creator/TommyLeeJones'' suddenly swapping his role for '''''Creator/JimCarrey!'''''
15th Jun '17 12:12:56 AM Kalaong
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* WTHCastingAgency: Not well remembered, but at the time, putting Bruce Willis on the project was this in ''spades''. The lead role was written for the 72-year old Frank Sinatra, and at the time Willis was a ''comedian'' in a downward spiral; internal strife and ShippingBedDeath were destroying ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', and most viewers knew him as "The guy from the Seagram's Wine Coolers commercials." Imagine a modern film built around ''Creator/TommyLeeJones'' suddenly swapping his role for '''''Creator/JimCarrey!'''''
24th Apr '17 11:10:23 AM HarryLovesHermione
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** [=McClane=] yellng "Whoa!" when he flings the parkour-using henchman off his car and into a wall; it was Bruce Willis's genuine reaction to the actor taking a bigger bump for the stunt than expected.
15th Mar '17 10:21:04 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The first movie was originally written as a sequel to ''Film/{{Commando}}''.
15th Feb '17 7:17:29 PM thebreak
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** Willis has claimed that the iconic "Yippee ki yay, motherfucker" was ad-libbed, playing off Hans Gruber's cowboy taunt. Willis did not expect that line to make the cut.
7th Feb '17 7:10:26 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 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, [[Series/MiamiVice Don Johnson]] and Creator/RichardDeanAnderson]] Creator/RichardDeanAnderson could have been John [=McClane=].
7th Feb '17 7:09:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 Music/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.

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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." ''The Detective'. Which was adapted to film starring Music/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.



** 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]] Creator/RichardDeanAnderson]] could have been John [=McClane=].
2nd Feb '17 8:13:04 PM Michael_McManus
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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; 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.

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** The line "I wanted this to be professional...''he "Alas, your Mr Takagi did not see it that way, so he won't be joining us for ''for the rest of his life.''" was an ad lib; 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.
29th Dec '16 4:27:14 PM Josef5678
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* DolledUpInstallment: All of the sequels were originally separate works. ''Die Hard 2'' was based the unrelated novel ''58 Minutes''. ''With a Vengeance'' was based on a screenplay titled ''Simon Says'', which was also conceived as ''Film/LethalWeapon4''. ''Live Free or Die Hard'' was based on both a magazine article titled ''A Farewell to Arms'' and an unrelated screenplay titled ''[=WW3.com=]''. ''A Good Day to Die Hard'' is the first sequel to begin life as a ''Die Hard'' sequel, though it was originally a rejected screenplay for ''Live Free or Die Hard''.
29th Dec '16 4:26:53 PM Josef5678
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: 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.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Creator/BruceWillis' exhaustion from his schedule (he was also shooting ''{{Moonlighting}}'') ''Series/{{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.



** In a way, the first movie also counts: the book that it's based on was a sequel to ''The Detective'', which was made into a film starring FrankSinatra in 1968. ''Film/DieHard'' didn't come out until 1988.

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** In a way, the first movie also counts: the book that it's based on was a sequel to ''The Detective'', which was made into a film starring FrankSinatra Music/FrankSinatra in 1968. ''Film/DieHard'' didn't come out until 1988.



** The first movie was originally written as a sequel to ''Film/{{Commando}}''
** 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 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.

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** The first movie was originally written as a sequel to ''Film/{{Commando}}''
''Film/{{Commando}}''.
** 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 Creator/FrankSinatra.Music/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.
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