ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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When it comes to Die Hard, it's pretty tricky to come up with a single complaint. After all, when it comes to action movies, it's pretty much as good as you get - and, as it turns out, that's pretty damned perfect.

When it comes to strange things to do with Die Hard, though, there's a whole lot more to talk about. After all, a movie that great doesn't make it to the screen without a decent amount of misadventure, craziness and, of course, petty cruelty to beloved English actors who may or may not have played Snape in the Harry Potter films.

Wait, what?

Yup, as it happens...

1. Hans Gruber's Final Scene Was a Little More Real Than It Seemed

To be more precise, for Alan Rickman's classic final scene, director John McTiernan and the Die Hard stunt team agreed to drop the actor onto an airbag 25 feet below, after the count of three.

The twist? They decided to drop him after the count of one, so his reaction would be more genuine.

So that face in the gif above? That's all Rickman...

That wasn't the only awesome piece of trivia to emerge from the Die Hard set, though. Here are five more of my favorites...

2. There's a Reason You Don't See Hans Gruber Shoot a Gun

Or, at least, that the movie cuts away from his face every time. The reason? Every time Alan Rickman fired a gun, he would flinch uncontrollably - which you can totally see when he shoots Takagi.

3. Nakatomi Plaza Has a Secret Identity

The iconic Nakatomi Plaza? That was totally the headquarters of 20th Century Fox. Who, when making the movie, charged themselves rent for the use of it.

4. John McClane isn't as All-American as He Seems

Or, at least, Bruce Willis, who plays him, is far more German than any of the terrorists who mock McClane for being 'All-American'. He was born in West Germany in 1955, to an American father and German mother. Alan Rickman (Hans) and Alexander Gudonov (Karl) on the other hand, were English and Russian respectively.

5. Bruce Willis Wasn't Originally Going to Play John McClane

The part was initially offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson - as well as Robert De Niro and Sam Neill - before Bruce Willis got the chance to accept it. He did make a then huge $5 million for it, though...

6. The Movie Was Set at Night For a Reason

That reason? Bruce Willis was still filming his starring role in popular 80's sitcom Moonlighting during the day - and would then come along to the Fox lot after work to film Die Hard.

What do you guys reckon, though?


Favorite bit of Die Hard trivia?

via Imdb, Gizmodo


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