Episode 8, November 24, 2016: Die Hard

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Chad and Brian take on Karina's movie challenge to figure out the movie to review in two weeks. Is Die Hard the greatest action movie ever? That is greatly discussed, as well as Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber and Harry Ellis being the true hero of the film.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 8: Die Hard

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of Die Hard

III. Origin & tidbits

- Based off 1979 Roderick Thorp book Nothing Lasts Forever (sequel to 1966 The Detective which Frank Sinatra starred in the movie).
- Clint Eastwood owned the rights and planned to star in it in the early 80s.
- They were contractually obligated to offer the role of McClane to Sinatra (who was in his 70s) but he turned it down.
- They pitched it to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sequel to Commando but he turned it down.
- Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, and Don Johnson also turned it down.
- Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keatone, and Glenn Close were considered to play Holly but Bruce Willis rejected them as he was a fan of Bonnie Bedelia.
- Bruce Willis was given a huge amount of money of $5 million for the role. They didn't want him from the start since he was known for comedy.
- Initially Willis wasn't on the billboards or posters.
- When they began filming, they didn't have an ending. As a result, the truck shown in the beginning wasn't big enough to carry the ambulance we saw at the end of the movie.
- Originally intended to take place over three days but changed to one day after inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream (I'm sure that is what Shakespeare had in mind).
- 20th Century Fox corporate headquarters was the film setting (both internal and external). The building was still under construction.
- The character of McClane wasn't fully developed until halfway through the movie when John McTiernan and Willis finalized it.
- Much of the movie was improvised since there were so many tweaks to the script.
- They had two hours to film the helicopter scene.
- The scene of McClane falling down the ventilation shaft was added because of an accident when the stuntman fell.
- This was Alan Rickman's first feature film. He nearly passed on the role since he didn't want his first role to be a villain in an action film.
- Rickman was dropped when he didn't expect it to get a genuine reaction from him.
- Rickman and McClane were never supposed to meet in the film. It was added after they discovered Rickman could do an American accent.
- The line "Hans...bubby" was ad-libbed and Rickman's reaction was genuine.
- It required several takes to have the chair break the window. The chair broke before the window did.

IV. Our notes on Die Hard

V. How rotten is Die Hard? Die Hard was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, The Sure Thing, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A+
Brian's Grade: A
Karina's Grade: A+