Trivia / Speed 2: Cruise Control


  • Backed by the Pentagon: Navy SEALs were involved in the making of the movie. They were inside the underwater tank used for the "underwater kissing" scene.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $160 million. Box office: $48,608,066 (domestically), $164,508,066 (worldwide).
  • Creator Killer: Jan De Bont's directorial career suffered heavily after this film flopped.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: The original script was intended to be the third Die Hard film. After the success of the first film though, the script was reworked into a Speed sequel instead.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Very narrowly averted when Patric performs a motorcycle stunt, flying 30 feet into the air.
    • Also narrowly averted with Bullock, who was nearly decapitated by the cruise ship's rudder during the water sequences.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Bullock did the movie to get the financing for Hope Floats, while Patric used his entire salary to finance his film Your Friends & Neighbors.
  • Old Shame: For Bullock and Patric.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Jason Patric's career as a leading man was effectively ended by this film, with all his subsequent roles either being supporting ones, on TV or in low-budget films. Sandra Bullock was also sent into a brief career slump, but was able to pull herself out of it a few years later with Miss Congeniality.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The script of the film was originally written for a third Die Hard film.
    • Keanu Reeves turned down the movie to tour with his band Dogstar; most would applaud him for this decision after seeing the movie.
    • Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role. Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi]], Patrick Muldoon, and Christian Slater were also considered.
    • Gary Oldman turned down the role of Geiger, in favor of Air Force One.
    • A sequel for Keanu Reeves to reprise Jack Traven, naturally. The film had been written with the expectation he would return, until forced to substitute him with Jason Patric after Reeves declined to return. Ironically, given what it did for co-star Sandra Bullock and Patric, most agreed that Reeves probably dodged a bullet.

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