History Trivia / TheMatrix

13th Aug '16 11:40:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/DavidDuchovny turned down the role of Neo in order to star in ''Film/XFilesFightTheFuture''. Creator/GillanAnderson was offered the role of Trinity.

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** Creator/DavidDuchovny turned down the role of Neo in order to star in ''Film/XFilesFightTheFuture''. Creator/GillanAnderson ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture''. Creator/GillianAnderson was offered the role of Trinity.



** Creator/JeanReno was approached to play Agent Smith. He turned it down and took a role in ''Film/{{Godzilla1998}} instead. He was also unwilling to move to Australia.

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** Creator/JeanReno was approached to play Agent Smith. He turned it down and took a role in ''Film/{{Godzilla1998}} ''Film/{{Godzilla1998}}'' instead. He was also unwilling to move to Australia.
13th Aug '16 11:36:29 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Keanu Reeves starred in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', as a character who could have a jack placed straight into the back of his head. It is also a film about telepresence.

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** Keanu Reeves Creator/KeanuReeves starred in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', as a character who could have a jack placed straight into the back of his head. It is also a film about telepresence.



* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was mostly filmed in Sydney.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/TheWachowskis are the window cleaners in the scene where Thomas Anderson is being chewed out by his boss.



* DyeingForYourArt[=/=]ImportantHaircut: "Spoonboy's" mum was ''very'' reluctant to have his beautiful locks shaved off. Also, Neo's in-Matrix scenes were shot first, and his on-ship scenes shot last, because Keanu Reeves got his head shaved during filming.

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* DyeingForYourArt[=/=]ImportantHaircut: "Spoonboy's" mum was ''very'' reluctant to have his beautiful locks shaved off. Also, Neo's in-Matrix scenes were shot first,
** To prepare for the scene in which Neo wakes up in a pod, Creator/KeanuReeves lost 15 pounds
and his on-ship scenes shot last, because Keanu Reeves got his head shaved during filming.his whole body to give Neo an emaciated look.



* FakeAmerican: Although inside the Matrix proper, Neo and Trinity are probably supposed to be Americans, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are in fact Canadians.

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* FakeAmerican: Although inside the Matrix proper, Neo and Trinity are probably supposed to be Americans, Keanu Reeves Creator/KeanuReeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Creator/CarrieAnneMoss are in fact Canadians. Canadians.
** Creator/HugoWeaving puts on a fake American accent.



* LeftItIn: After the lobby shootout, the camera pans back showing the aftermath of the gunfight in the lobby. During this a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, but was left since it seemed appropriate.



* ThrowItIn: After the lobby shootout, the camera pans back showing the aftermath of the gunfight in the lobby. During this a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, but was left since it seemed appropriate.



** Also, Chow Yun-fat was offered the role of Morpheus, but turned it down.

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** Creator/TheWachowskis wanted Creator/JohnnyDepp for Neo, while Warner Bros. wanted either Creator/BradPitt or Creator/ValKilmer.
** Creator/EwanMcGregor turned down the role of Neo, as he was filming ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIThePhantomMenace''.
** Creator/DavidDuchovny turned down the role of Neo in order to star in ''Film/XFilesFightTheFuture''. Creator/GillanAnderson was offered the role of Trinity.
** Also, Chow Yun-fat Creator/ChowYunfat was offered the role of Morpheus, but turned it down. down.
** Creator/NicolasCage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments. Creator/TomCruise was also considered. Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio turned it down, supposedly because he was concerned about the amount of special effects.
** Creator/GaryOldman and Creator/SamuelLJackson were considered for Morpheus.
** Creator/RussellCrowe turned down the role of Morpheus. He said:
--> "I just didn't get it. I couldn't get past page 42. That world was just not interesting to me".
** Creator/SandraBullock turned down the role of Trinity because she couldn't see herself acting alongside the actor the studio intended to play the role as Neo. This was before Reeves was cast. She later regretted this decision.
** Music/JanetJackson was initially approached for the role of Trinity but scheduling conflicts prevented her from accepting it. In an interview, she stated that turning down the role was difficult for her, so she later referenced the film in the 'Intro' and 'Outro' interludes on her tenth studio album Discipline.
** Creator/MichelleYeoh was considered for Trinity.
** Creator/JeanReno was approached to play Agent Smith. He turned it down and took a role in ''Film/{{Godzilla1998}} instead. He was also unwilling to move to Australia.
14th Jul '16 7:07:50 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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** Persistent but unconfirmed rumors state that ''Reloaded'' and ''Revolutions'' were originally planned as one 3-hour long film, with both being padded out when the decision was made to make two films.
** Early drafts of the original film's script contain a number of things that were arguably changed for the ''better''. Such as the climax having [[spoiler:Neo stand back up and [[FlippingTheBird flipping off Smith]], who helplessly lets out a BigNo as Neo escapes]].
13th Jun '16 6:49:05 PM BananaPancakes
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* BeamMeUpScotty:
** [[MemeticMutation What if I told you]] Morpheus never actually says "What if I told you..."? The origin of this meme stems from a simple jab at the film's [[ItWasHisSled twist]], which featured a photo of Morpheus simply asking "What if I told you... The Matrix is all inside a computer?" Since then, people have just taken it from there.
** One of Agent Smith's more famous quotes is often written as "But Mr. Anderson, how can you make a phone call when you cannot speak?" or something similar. The actual line is "Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?"

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* BeamMeUpScotty:
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** [[MemeticMutation What if I told you]] Morpheus never actually says "What if I told you..."? you…"? The origin of this meme stems from a simple jab at the film's [[ItWasHisSled twist]], which featured a photo of Morpheus simply asking "What if I told you... you … The Matrix is all inside a computer?" Since then, people have just taken it from there.
** One of Agent Smith's more famous quotes is often written as "But Mr. Anderson, how can you make a phone call when you cannot speak?" or something similar. The actual line is "Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you are you're unable … to speak?"



* DoingItForTheArt: While watching the "Lady in the Red Dress" scene, you might notice the same people are passing Neo and Morpheus more than once. Production goof? Nope! All of the extras in the scene are ''actual twins''. The Wachowskis scoured UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} for identical twins and brought them in to create the impression that Mouse got so lazy while writing the Agent Training Program that [[YouAllLookFamiliar he made half the crowd, then copy-pasted the models and gave the copies new clothes]], instead of making unique ones. Did you notice that... or were you [[DistractedByTheSexy staring at the lady in the red dress]]?

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* DoingItForTheArt: While watching the "Lady in the Red Dress" scene, you might notice the same people are passing Neo and Morpheus more than once. Production goof? Nope! All of the extras in the scene are ''actual twins''. The Wachowskis scoured UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} for identical twins and brought them in to create the impression that Mouse got so lazy while writing the Agent Training Program that [[YouAllLookFamiliar he made half the crowd, then copy-pasted the models and gave the copies new clothes]], instead of making unique ones. Did you notice that... or were you [[DistractedByTheSexy staring at the lady in the red dress]]?



* RecycledSet: Sets from ''FIlm/DarkCity'' (1998), including rooftops, buildings and others exteriors sets, were used in this film. The rooftops that Trinity runs across at the beginning of the film are the same ones that John Murdoch runs across in ''Dark City''.

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* RecycledSet: Sets from ''FIlm/DarkCity'' ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998), including rooftops, buildings and others exteriors sets, were used in this film. The rooftops that Trinity runs across at the beginning of the film are the same ones that John Murdoch runs across in ''Dark City''.



** Originally, Creator/WillSmith was offered the role of Neo, but turned it down for his part in ''Film/WildWildWest''. Smith explained his decision in 2004, in an interview in ''Wired'': "You know, ''The Matrix'' is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up ''The Matrix''."

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** Originally, Creator/WillSmith was offered the role of Neo, but turned it down for his part in ''Film/WildWildWest''. Smith explained his decision in 2004, in an interview in ''Wired'': "You know, ''The Matrix'' is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance – –- and very rarely do I say this – –- but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up ''The Matrix''."



** The "mental projection" of the Matrix would have been plot-relevant, with Switch (the butch blonde woman and only other woman in the crew besides Trinity) appearing as a woman in the Matrix, but [[WholesomeCrossdresser a man in the real world]]. This is perhaps mirrored by Lana Wachowski coming out as a transgender woman in 2012, as well as Lilly Wachowski who came out in 2016.
** The Wachowskis were given the choice of making the ''Matrix'' sequels or ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Imagine that...

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** The "mental projection" of the Matrix would have been plot-relevant, with Switch (the butch blonde woman and only other woman in the crew besides Trinity) appearing as a woman in the Matrix, but [[WholesomeCrossdresser a man in the real world]]. This is perhaps mirrored by Lana (formerly known as Larry) Wachowski coming out as a transgender woman in 2012, as well as Lilly (formerly Andy) Wachowski who came out in 2016.
** The Wachowskis were given the choice of between making the ''Matrix'' sequels or ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Imagine that...that…
4th May '16 4:38:23 PM Mullon
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* MemeticMutation: Morpheus' "What if I told you..."
3rd Apr '16 7:23:37 AM Morgenthaler
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** Joe Pantoliano lying about a car accident in a movie directed by the Wachowskis ... [[Film/{{Bound}} why is that so familiar]]?

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** Joe Pantoliano lying about a car accident in a movie directed by the Wachowskis ... [[Film/{{Bound}} [[Film/{{Bound 1996}} why is that so familiar]]?
2nd Apr '16 5:15:53 PM LtFedora
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** The "mental projection" of the Matrix would have been plot-relevant, with Switch (the butch blonde woman and only other woman in the crew besides Trinity) appearing as a woman in the Matrix, but [[WholesomeCrossdresser a man in the real world]]. This is perhaps mirrored by Lana Wachowski coming out as a transgender woman in 2012.

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** The "mental projection" of the Matrix would have been plot-relevant, with Switch (the butch blonde woman and only other woman in the crew besides Trinity) appearing as a woman in the Matrix, but [[WholesomeCrossdresser a man in the real world]]. This is perhaps mirrored by Lana Wachowski coming out as a transgender woman in 2012.2012, as well as Lilly Wachowski who came out in 2016.
29th Mar '16 11:19:58 AM hello86
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* TheOtherMarty: Music/{{Aaliyah}} was originally cast as Zee, but she died in a plane crash in the midst of filming her role; her completed scenes were reshot by Nona Gaye.
25th Feb '16 8:24:23 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Originally, Creator/WillSmith was offered the role of Neo, but turned it down for his part in ''Film/WildWildWest''. To his eternal woe.

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** Originally, Creator/WillSmith was offered the role of Neo, but turned it down for his part in ''Film/WildWildWest''. To Smith explained his eternal woe.decision in 2004, in an interview in ''Wired'': "You know, ''The Matrix'' is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up ''The Matrix''."
30th Nov '15 6:59:59 PM LaptopGuy
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* StarMakingRole: Creator/HugoWeaving and Creator/MonicaBellucci in particular, going from semi-obscure straight into the mainstream after this movie. For Creator/KeanuReeves however, this was more of a [[TypeCasting Type-Cementing Role]].

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* StarMakingRole: Creator/HugoWeaving For Creator/CarrieAnneMoss, who was almost completely unknown before she became Trinity. Creator/LaurenceFishburne, Creator/HugoWeaving, and Creator/MonicaBellucci in particular, going Creator/MonicaBellucci, meanwhile, went from semi-obscure straight into the mainstream after this movie. For Creator/KeanuReeves however, this was more of a [[TypeCasting Type-Cementing Role]].
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