Trivia: Die Hard

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  • Actor-Shared Background: Willis' own love of Roy Rogers inspired the film's other co-writer to come up with McClane's signature catchphrase.
  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Hans' quote on Alexander the Great. It's actually "Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered one", though this would fit in with Hans' posturing and Delusions Of Grandeur.
  • Divorced Installment: The film was was based on a book, Nothing Lasts Forever. This book was a sequel to The Detective, which had its own popular film adaptation in 1968, starring Frank Sinatra. When Sinatra declined to be in a film sequel, it was quickly retooled... into a sequel to Commando, with Arnold Schwarzenegger 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.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • 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.
    • From the same movie, the shot in the elevator shaft where McClane drops from the vent he was aiming for, but manages to grab the next one down was an accident on the part of the stuntman that made the final cut anyway.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons as Germans in 1 and Vengeance.
    • Russian Alexander Godunov plays Karl, who is from Germany.
  • Fake Russian: German actor Sebastian Koch plays the Russian Komarov in A Good Day to Die Hard.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • The Jerkass parking cop at the beginning of Die Harder is none other than Detective Harvey Bullock
    • The Japanese dub of A Good Day for Die Hard has an interesting casting addition: Jack McClane is voiced by Sou Nozawa, who is the son of the late Nachi Nozawa, who was John McClane (and Bruce Willis)'s Japanese voice actor until his death. Oddly enough, Ben Hiura (who is the current Japanese voice actor for Willis, who replaced Nozawa) didn't voice John in that film: He's voiced by Hidetoshi Nakamura instead, on the other hand, Mie Sonozaki (who voiced Lucy McLane in Live Free) reprise that role in the A Good Day dub.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
  • Referenced By: Knights of Buena Vista talks about this film using estranged people in love having to overcome their estrangement. One character also gives Fanon Discontinuity to the fourth and fifth films.
  • Running the Asylum: Arguably one of the biggest fans of the Die Hard franchise is... Bruce Willis. He apparently feels very strongly about not insulting the viewers' intelligence, and while his self-appointed "gatekeeper of the franchise" role makes directors cry, among other things it resulted in the villain of the fourth film actually getting a fully fleshed-out backstory (rather than what Willis described as a scene of "MySpace and cheerleader porn jokes").
  • Sequel Gap:
  • Star-Making Role: Die Hard for Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, in his film debut.
  • Technology Marches On: Cell phones and wireless Internet would have made things easier for McClane... if the people on the other line weren't still being so thickheaded.
  • Throw It In:
    • The line "I wanted this to be professional...he won't be joining us for the rest of his life." was an ad lib. 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 Alan Rickman could do a good American impersonation.
    • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first movie was originally written as a sequel to 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 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 Badass Grandpa during the siege.