What do you get when you mix a part of action film with a part of holiday film and add a dash of sweaty tank top? Die Hard, John McTiernan’s genre-bending (Christmas?) Eternal action masterpiece, in which an evil NYPD policeman takes on a skyscraper full of bad guys in the middle of an office Christmas party. Here are 30 things you may not know about the film that was released on July 15, 1988.
1. Die Hard has a literary background.
Think an action-loving Hollywood writer came up with the concept Die Hard? Think again The film is based on Roderick Thorp’s crime novel from 1979 Nothing is foreverwhich is a continuation of his 1
2nd Die Hard was inspired by The towering inferno.
The idea for Nothing is forever was inspired by John Guillermin’s 1974 disaster film The towering inferno. After watching the film, Thorp had a dream of a man being chased through a skyscraper by a group of men with guns. He finally turned this section of an idea into a sequel to The detective.
3. Frank Sinatra got his first dibs in the role of John McClane Die Hard.
Because he played in the film version of The detectiveFrank Sinatra had to be offered the role in its sequel. At the age of 73, he cleverly refused.
4. Bruce Willis’ theatrical debut was With Frank Sinatra.
In 1980 Willis made his film debut (if not in the credits) in the thriller The first mortal sin. He has no name and if you blink you will miss him, but the role simply required Willis to enter a diner when Sinatra’s character left it. Maybe it was Kismet?
5. Clint Eastwood planned to play John McClane.
Originally it was Clint Eastwood who owned the film rights to Nothing is foreverin which he wanted to play in the early 1980s. Obviously, that never happened.
6. Die Hard should never be a sequel to command.
This is one of the most popular internet stories about Die Hard. But according to Stephen de Souza, the screenwriter of both Die Hard and commandwhile there was a sequel to command planned the only resemblance to Die Hard is that both took place in buildings. According to de Souza, escape plan is closest to its original Command 2 Idea and Die Hard should never be anything else Die Hard.
7. Bruce Willis was hardly the studio’s first choice for the tour Die Hard. He wasn’t even hers third Choice.
If Die Hard To be a success, the studio knew they needed a real action star in the role and set about offering him to an apparently endless list of A-listers of the time. Rumor has it that Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Charles Bronson, Nick Nolte, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Don Johnson, Burt Reynolds and Richard Dean Anderson (yes, MacGyver!) Were considered for the role of John McClane. And everyone rejected it.
8. Bruce Willis was considered a comedic actor, as Die Hard came around.
Die HardThe producers, of course, had nothing against Bruce Willis. He was simply not an immediate choice for the role, as until then he was only known as a comedic actor and not as an action star. After the film’s success, the action genre really became Willis’ bread and butter, and although he has two Emmys for his comedy work, it has remained so to this day.
9. Bruce Willis was barely visible on the posters Die Hard.
Because the studio’s marketing gurus were not convinced that the audience would pay to watch an action film with the funny guy Undeclared workThe original posters for the film focused on Nakatomi Plaza instead of Willis’ mug. As the film gained momentum, marketing materials were changed and Willis was more prominent in the promos.
10. Bruce Willis received $ 5 million Die Hard, which was considered a fairly important payday at the time.
Despite all the uncertainty about whether he could pull the film through, Willis received $ 5 million Die HardThat was a pretty big sum at the time – a number reserved only for the best Hollywood talent.
11. Bruce Willis suggested Bonnie Bedelia for part of his wife in Die Hard.
Although we suspect that she wasn’t paid $ 5 million for the gig.
12. Bruce Willis was able to take on the role in Die Hard thanks to a well-coordinated pregnancy.
The first time Bruce was asked to appear in the film, he had to say no because of his commitments Undeclared work. Then Costar announced to Cybill Shepard that she was pregnant. Since her pregnancy would not work on the show, producer Glenn Caron released every 11 weeks so Willis could say yes.
13. Sam Neill was originally approached to play the role of Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
But Neill rejected the film. Then, in spring 1987, casting director Alan Rickman saw the insidious Valmont in a stage production by Dangerous romances and knew that they had found their Hans.
14. Die Hard was Alan Rickman’s feature film debut.
Although Rickman may have played the role of Hans as coolly as the other side of the pillow, it was actually his first role in a feature film.
15. John McTiernan originally passed the direction on Die Hard– also more than once.
And not just once, but on different occasions. The reason was that the material just seemed too dark and cynical to him. “The original script was a grim terror film,” said McTiernan rich Magazine in 2014. “In my second week of working on it, I said, ‘Guys, there is no fun part of terrorism. Robbers are funny bad guys. Let’s make this a date film. ‘And they had the courage to do it. “
16. John McTiernan sees Die Hard as a Shakespearean story.
In the original script, the action is in Die Hard takes place over a three-day period, but McTiernan – inspired by Shakespeare’s A midsummer night’s dream– insisted that it be condensed into a single evening.
17th Die HardNakatomi Plaza is actually Fox Plaza.
Yes, 20th Century Fox’s corporate headquarters – the very studio where the film was shot – proved to be the perfect location for the film’s much-needed Nakatomi Plaza. And since it was still under construction, they didn’t have to do much with the room to make it film-ready. The studio paid rent to use its own space.
18. The room where the hostages are being held Die Hard Frank Lloyd Wrights is said to be Fallingwater.
“During that time, Japanese companies bought America,” said production designer Jackson De Govia in the Die Hard DVD audio commentary. “We found that … Nakatami Corporation bought Fallingwater, dismantled it, and put it back together like a trophy in the atrium.”
19. The panoramic view of the city below in Die Hard? It is not real.
A 380-foot background image gave the illusion of a breathtaking city view in the film. And it was also state of the art, with animated lights, flowing traffic and the ability to switch from day to day. The painting is still the property of the studio and has been used in other productions since then.
20. Die HardThe success created a real franchise.
In addition to its four sequels Die Hard has also produced video games and comics.
21. John McClane drops a ventilation shaft Die Hard was an accident.
Or maybe “mistake” would be a better word. But in the scene where McClane jumps into an elevator shaft, his stuntman should grab the first opening. But he missed. By a lot. This made the footage even more exciting, so editor Frank J. Urioste kept it in the final cut.
22. Alan Rickman’s death scene in Die Hard was pretty scary too.
At least it was for Rickman. To make it look like he was falling off a building, Rickman should drop 20 feet on an airbag while holding on to a stunt man. But to get a really scared reaction from him, they dropped him on two – not three, as planned.
23. Bruce Willis sustained hearing loss from shooting Die Hard.
To achieve the hyperrealism that director John McTiernan was looking for, the spaces used in the film’s weapons were modified particularly loudly. In one scene, Willis shoots a terrorist through a table, which places the action star in close proximity to the weapon – and causes permanent hearing loss. He referred to the injury in a 2007 interview The guard. When they asked Willis about his most unattractive habit, he replied, “Because of an accident the first time Die HardI have two thirds of partial hearing loss in my left ear and tend to say, ‘Whaaa?’ “
24. Alan Rickman wasn’t thrilled with how loud he was Die Hard was either.
Whenever he had to shoot a gun in the film, Rickman couldn’t help but wince. Which forced McTiernan to cut himself off so his reactions weren’t captured in the movie.
25. Hans Gruber’s American accent in Die Hard caused many problems.
The scene where Rickman, as Gruber, gets into an American accent and pretends to be another hostage who escaped was emphasized by screenwriter Steven de Souza, who wanted to have her together in a room to get her out. But McTiernan was never happy with Rickman’s American accent and said, “I still hear Alan Rickman’s English accent. I was never entirely happy with the way he opened his mouth [in that scene] … I shot it three times to make him sound more strictly American … it’s strange for someone who has such enormous verbal skills; He only had terrible problems getting an American accent. “
26. The German Hans Gruber also speaks Die Hard is mostly gibberish.
And the majority of his German cohorts were not German either. Bruce Willis, on the other hand, was born in West Germany to an American father and a German mother.
27. Bruce Willis has four feet in Die Hard.
Since Willis spends most of the film bare feet through broken glass, he was given a pair of rubber feet to carry for safety reasons. This is great and all, but if you look closely at certain scenes, you can actually see the fake attachments.
28. You can see (but not touch) John McClane’s sweaty tank top.
In 2007 Willis donated the blood-soaked tank top he was wearing Die Hard at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.
29. Die HardThe famous “Yippee-ki-yay” line stole the film.
It was a simple line: “Yippee-ki-yay, mother!” But it became the film’s defining moment and the unofficial catchphrase used in all four Die Hard Sequels too.
30. The credit for Die HardThe famous “Yippee-ki-yay” line belongs to Bruce Willis.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2013, Bruce Willis admitted that “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf * cker!” Was really just a joke. “It was a disposable item,” said Willis. “I was just trying to break up the crew and I never thought it would be allowed to stay in the film.”