Trivia: The Matrix

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Keanu Reeves starred in Johnny Mnemonic, as a character who could have a jack placed straight into the back of his head. It is also a film about telepresence.
    • Joe Pantoliano lying about a car accident in a movie directed by the Wachowskis ... why is that so familiar?
    • Monica Bellucci stands in front of a TV playing The Brides of Dracula when she pulls a gun on her henchmen in Reloaded. Monica was one of the vampire brides in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • What if I told you Morpheus never actually says "What if I told you..."? The origin of this meme stems from a simple jab at the film's twist, which featured a photo of Morpheus simply asking "What if I told you... The Matrix is all inside a computer?" Since then, people have just taken it from there.
    • One of Agent Smith's more famous quotes is often written as "But Mr. Anderson, how can you make a phone call when you cannot speak?" or something similar. The actual line is "Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?"
  • Development Gag: A deleted subplot from The Matrix reveals that Morpheus has previously believed five other people to be The One, all who died after attempting to fight the Agents. In The Matrix Reloaded, the Architect explains that there have been five previous versions of the Matrix before the current one, each with its own version of the One, meaning that Neo again has five predecessors.
  • Doing It for the Art: While watching the "Lady in the Red Dress" scene, you might notice the same people are passing Neo and Morpheus more than once. Production goof? Nope! All of the extras in the scene are actual twins. The Wachowskis scoured Sydney for identical twins and brought them in to create the impression that Mouse, while writing the Agent training program, got lazy and just copy-pasted the same models over again instead of making unique ones. Did you notice that... or were you staring at the lady in the red dress?
  • Dyeing for Your Art/Important Haircut: "Spoonboy's" mum was very reluctant to have his beautiful locks shaved off. Also, Neo's in-Matrix scenes were shot first, and his on-ship scenes shot last, because Keanu got his head shaved during filming.
  • Edited for Syndication: Basic cable cuts of the film frequently substitute "Shucks" or "Smokes" for "Shit", and change Neo's line in the interrogation room scene to "How about I give you a flipper?", while completely cutting the actual middle finger (and, by consequence, the "You give me my phone call" part of the line). Also "Jeepers creepers (originally "Jesus Christ"), that thing's real?!!!"
    • The AMC edit, in particular, changes one line to "I'll bring that whole cockamamy (originally "goddamn") building down".
  • Executive Meddling: Dropping the original idea of Human Resources being a vast neural net for the more literal concept of human Duracell batteries because Viewers Are Morons. Giving all the other stuff that has to be explained (or not) in this trilogy, one wonders why this idea was so difficult to put across.
  • Hire The Critic: For The Ultimate Matrix Collection, the filmmakers included two Alternate DVD Commentaries, one by philosophers who loved the movies, and one by critics who hated them.
  • Killer App: The Matrix was this for the DVD format.
  • Memetic Mutation: Morpheus' "What if I told you..."
  • The Other Marty: Aaliyah was originally cast as Zee, but she died in a plane crash in the midst of filming her role; her completed scenes were reshot by Nona Gaye.
  • Retroactive Recognition: These days, the other two agents in the first film are likely to be recognised as Stark and Longmire.
  • Star-Making Role: Hugo Weaving and Monica Bellucci in particular, going from semi-obscure straight into the mainstream after this movie. For Keanu Reeves however, this was more of a Type-Cementing Role.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Will Smith was offered the role of Neo, but turned it down for his part in Wild Wild West. To his eternal woe.
    • The "mental projection" of the Matrix would have been plot-relevant, with Switch (the butch blonde woman and only other woman in the crew besides Trinity) appearing as a woman in the Matrix, but a man in the real world. This is perhaps mirrored by Larry AKA Lana Wachowski coming out as a transgender woman in 2012.
    • The Wachowskis were given the choice of making the Matrix sequels or Batman Begins. Imagine that...
    • Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh were initially offered the role of Seraph; Li, who the role was written for, asked for an equal salary to Reeves' and didn't get it, while Yeoh had scheduling conflicts.
    • Sean Connery turned down the role of the Architect, as he didn't fully understand the concept of the film. Probably for the better, as his presence in the role would have been far too distracting.
    • R&B superstar Aaliyah was initially cast as Zee, which was to have been her big acting break; tragically, she died in a plane crash in the midst of filming, and had to be replaced by Nona Gaye.

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