Trivia / Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Angelina Jolie agreed to do the first film because of all the locations she would get to visit. She fell in love with Cambodia, leading her to move there and help with a minefield cleanup. It was also where she met and eventually adopted her first son, Maddox.
  • Box Office Bomb: The second in the U.S. Budget, $95 million. Box office, $65,660,196 (domestic), $156,505,388 (worldwide).
  • California Doubling:
    • Iceland as Siberia in first film.
    • Scotland as China for the Great Wall sequence in the second.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jolie did most of her own stunts. There is a scene where Lara plays with a switchblade — Jolie collects knives.
  • Creator Killer: The second movie:
    • The negative reception to both this and the Angel of Darkness video game prompted an angry Eidos to relieve Core Design of their development duties regarding the Tomb Raider games, which led to their boss Jeremy Heath-Smith being shown the door and Core ultimately closing their doors.
    • This movie buried director Jan de Bont's career under 6 feet of dirt; he did not get involved with another film until 2012, and that movie is Dutch.
  • Executive Meddling: Surprisingly, with music in first film. They changed two different musicians and in the end picked up Graeme Revell, giving him 10 days for going to London from Australia, writing whole OST from nothing, blending it with already picked songs, orchestrating it and adding to film right before the premiere. This ended with really rushed production and many similarities with his previous work, Pitch Black.
    • Later, Revell excused for what even he considered poor work and remastered whole track, adding 3 new pieces (with much better, but unused main theme).
    • First film was advertised under U2's Elevation, so no one really bothered that there was no OST till last days before release.
  • Fake American: Daniel Craig in the first film.
  • Fake Brit: In the films, Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, are both really American.
  • Franchise Killer: The second movie not only alienated the fanbase of both games and the first film, but also happened to be released around the same time as Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, with the glory days of Core's run with Tomb Raider long gone and the entire franchise being at its lowest. A third film limbered in Development Hell for almost five years, until it was finally scrapped completely.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: "This is where I start to have fun."
  • Real-Life Relative: Jolie's real life father, Jon Voight, as Lara Croft's dad, Lord Richard Croft. In fact this film was a significant factor in repairing their strained relationship.
  • The Red Stapler: Lara Croft's Weapon of Choice, twin H&K USP Match with stainless slides. Sales skyrocketed, causing even airsoft replicas to cost as much as the real thing. Purportedly, Angelina Jolie owns a pair herself.
  • What Could Have Been: Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron and Catherine Zeta-Jones were some of the original choices to play Lara. Liv Tyler and Uma Thurman were two that were offered the role, but turned it down.

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