Trivia / Demolition Man

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For the movie itself:

  • Actor Allusion
    • Spartan's (i.e. Stallone's) expression on hearing the phrase "President Schwarzenegger". Which became Hilarious in Hindsight several years later when Ahnold began his real-life political career.
      • This could also be a shoutout to the contemporary film Last Action Hero. In the movie world of Schwarzenegger's character, Jack Slater, there is a poster that features Stallone in the lead role of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • See also the Celebrity Paradox entry.
    • "Excuse me, Rambo, I need to borrow this."
    • Edgar Friendly's rant in the film is almost identical to the rant in the middle of Denis Leary's "Asshole".
  • Career Resurrection: Along with Cliffhanger, this film revived Sylvester Stallone's career after a series of duds in the early 1990s.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • This was one of the first movies to show off Wesley Snipes' martial arts skills. Much like Bruce Lee, he would have to slow down his moves so they would actually show up on camera.
    • Denis Leary, in the 1990's was famous for his motormouth rants in his comedy routine. His character falls into these.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Desolation (Slovenia)
    • Tough Guy (Croatia)
    • Shredder (Estonia and Mexico)
  • Defictionalization: The Taco Bell logo seen in this movie was later used as a tie-in by the restaurant and eventually became the basis for their current logo. It turns out the heads of Taco Bell at the time were big fans of the movie and did so as a shout-out.
  • Deleted Scene: This video details what was cut from the film.
  • Doing It for the Art: Nigel Hawthorne, inexperienced in cinema, took the role of Cocteau to prove that he had screen presence for the producers of The Madness of King George. Hawthorne wanted to reprise the stage role for the movie version. As it transpired this was unnecessary as Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead.
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: Stallone vs. Snipes. Most of the posters had this phrase and nothing more.
  • Hey, It's That Gun!: The "neutron accelerator" is an HK G11 concept rifle from the 1980's.
  • Hostility on the Set: Nigel Hawthorne didn't get on with either Sylvester Stallone or Wesley Snipes.
  • Old Shame: In a retrospective on his filmography, Denis Leary called the film a "giant piece of shit".
  • Science Marches On: Among the things listed as "not good for you, hence illegal" are spicy foods. Since the movie came out, though, spicy foods have been shown to help burn calories and reduce blood pressure. Also, dark chocolate has been shown to have antioxidants which can reduce free radicals in the body, lowering risk of cancer.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The whole film's premise of a future society where everything bad you say and do is banned is a pretty clear product of the Early '90s backlash to the concept of "Political Correctness".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lenina Huxley was originally revealed to be John Spartan's daughter. Another draft of the script was for Spartan to have a daughter (named Katie Spartan) be a resident of the Wasteland and one of Edgar Friendly's Scraps. During the shootout in the Wasteland, the woman Spartan was protecting was Katie, and she would later appear at the end, alongside Friendly.
    • Spartan was written with Jean-Claude Van Damme in mind, while Simon Phoenix was written for Steven Seagal.
    • When Sylvester Stallone got on board, he tried to convince Jackie Chan to take the part of Phoenix, which would have made Huxley's Saw It in a Movie Once moment a whole lot funnier. He turned down the role, as he didn't want to confuse audiences by suddenly appearing as a villain.
    • Edgar Friendly was originally known as "Thomas Payne" in the original script, which would have made a hell of a shout-out considering the character.

For the pinball table:

  • Wag the Director: According to artist Doug Watson, his backglass artwork proposals were repeatedly rejected by Wesley Snipes, who wanted to ensure his career wasn't jeopardized by having him look like a crazed character. Linda Deal did the final backglass art.