History YMMV / DieHard

30th Aug '17 3:10:29 PM ElatedReynard
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* CompleteMonster: [[ManOfWealthAndTaste Hans Gruber]], the franchise's first BigBad and a prototype for countless future action movie villains, is a self-described "exceptional thief" who leads the [[TerroristsWithoutACause supposed terrorist attack]] that takes over Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, killing the building's security. A former member of the German terrorist organization Volksfrei, Hans decides to [[{{Greed}} serve his own profit]] over ideology by attempting to rob the Plaza of its bearer bonds. Executing the company head Joseph Takagi when he refuses to cooperate, Gruber has a SWAT team wiped out when they storm the building, and when the hero [[BadassUnintentional John McClane]] interferes, Hans murders a hostage who claims to be John's friend and threatens to begin shooting more until he "gets to someone you do care about!" It is revealed Hans never intends to let any hostages go, instead placing all of them on the roof to rig it with explosives, which he then plans to detonate--killing over 30 innocent people as a distraction--and fake his own death to get away clean with the money. While only succeeding in [[CopKiller killing members of the FBI]] in this attempt, Hans immediately kidnaps John's ex-wife before attempting to kill her and John in retribution. Ruthlessly devoted to his own profit above anything else and mixing an [[TheSociopath utter lack of regard for human lives]]--[[BadBoss even those of his own men]]--with [[FauxAffablyEvil an air]] of [[WickedCultured urbane sophistication]], Hans Gruber remains the most deeply personal enemy [=John McClane=] has ever faced.
30th Aug '17 2:12:45 PM rjd1922
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** Take a look at the cover. [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd What does this remind you of? It kind of looks like...you know...yeah...]] (It shows the Nakatomi tower with an explosion on the top. The dark stripe down the middle makes it look at first glance like two skyscrapers of a similar look to the WTC.)

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** Take a look at the cover. [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd What does this remind you of? It kind of looks like...you know...yeah...]] (It shows the Nakatomi tower Plaza, which was filmed at Fox Plaza in Los Angeles, with an explosion on the top. The dark stripe down the middle makes it look at first glance like two skyscrapers of a similar look to the WTC.World Trade Center.)
2nd Aug '17 4:35:52 PM Michael_McManus
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* ItWasHisSled: Hans's DisneyVillainDeath, which is one of the most iconic shots in the film.

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* ItWasHisSled: Two.
** The villains' plan to commit mass murder by blowing up the hostages on the roof.
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Hans's DisneyVillainDeath, which is one of the most iconic shots in the film.



* 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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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.'' Better yet, imagine it ''working'', transforming that rubberface into an action hero. What. The. Hell.

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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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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.'' Creator/AndySamberg. Better yet, imagine it ''working'', transforming that rubberface into an action hero. What. The. Hell.
12th Jul '17 1:44:11 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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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.''

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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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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.'''' Better yet, imagine it ''working'', transforming that rubberface into an action hero. What. The. Hell.
16th Jun '17 1:53:50 PM 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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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''

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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 Music/FrankSinatra, 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''''Creator/JimCarrey.''
16th Jun '17 1:51:58 PM 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!'''''

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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, Music/FrankSinatra, 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'' Creator/TommyLeeJones suddenly swapping his role for '''''Creator/JimCarrey!'''''''Creator/JimCarrey''
16th Jun '17 6:00:06 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!'''''
11th Jun '17 1:06:09 PM babyhenchy1
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Apparently, before Creator/BruceWillis was approached to play John [=McClane=], the job had already been turned down by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson, who didn't believe in the script, and Creator/JohnMcTiernan, who would later direct it, even turned down several offers. When his agent delivered the news to Willis, he immediately advised him not to do it, thinking he'd make a complete fool of himself. However, due to the payment being simply too good to turn down, Willis accepted to play [=McClane=], kicking off his career as one of Hollywood's most popular and well paid actors. Not to mention how the movie became influential in formula and protagonist type of later movies.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Apparently, before Creator/BruceWillis was approached to play John [=McClane=], the job had already been turned down by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/RichardGere, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MelGibson, who didn't believe in the script, and Creator/JohnMcTiernan, who would later direct it, even turned down several offers. When his agent delivered the news to Willis, he immediately advised him not to do it, thinking he'd make a complete fool of himself. However, due to the payment being simply too good to turn down, Willis accepted to play [=McClane=], kicking off his career as one of Hollywood's most popular and well paid actors. Not to mention how the movie became influential in formula and protagonist type of later movies. It is now virtually impossible to find a ''Best Action Movies'' list that does not contain it, more often than not, at the top of the pile.
5th Jun '17 7:11:52 AM Josef5678
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* ItWasHisSled:
** The thieves' plan is to [[spoiler: blow up the hostages on the rooftop, and fake their deaths in the ensuing confusion.]]
** Hans' DisneyVillainDeath, which is one of the most iconic shots in the film.

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* ItWasHisSled:
** The thieves' plan is to [[spoiler: blow up the hostages on the rooftop, and fake their deaths in the ensuing confusion.]]
** Hans'
ItWasHisSled: Hans's DisneyVillainDeath, which is one of the most iconic shots in the film.
5th Jun '17 2:38:42 AM Michael_McManus
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* ItWasHisSled:
** The thieves' plan is to [[spoiler: blow up the hostages on the rooftop, and fake their deaths in the ensuing confusion.]]
** Hans' DisneyVillainDeath, which is one of the most iconic shots in the film.
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