Five Film Facts: One for each ‘Die Hard’
Bruce Willis as John McClane in Twentieth Century Fox's 'A Good Day to Die Hard'
After 25 years of narrowly averting bullets, broken glass, falling roofs, flying cars, and idiotic authority figures, John McClane is lucky to be alive. And that makes all of us action fans lucky too.
Now Bruce Willis brings McClane back for the fifth installment of the venerable “Die Hard” franchise with “A Good Day to Die Hard,” perhaps the most concussive film of the bunch. To honor one of the most determined, identifiable, and sarcastic action heroes ever to leap off the big screen, we present these Five Film Facts about the franchise, one for each film. Because like most days, today is indeed a good day to celebrate John McClane.
Fox Plaza, aka Nakatomi Tower, in Fox's 'Die Hard'
Feature Film Debut
1. The year was 1987, and the timing couldn’t have been better for 20th Century Fox to open the Fox Plaza at the studio’s Los Angeles headquarters. Or rather, the timing couldn’t have been better for the first “Die Hard,” as director John McTiernan’s film really needed a skyscraper in which to shoot. Since it was a Fox production, the studio allowed McTiernan to showcase the new building. Which he certainly did, so much so that the original poster only featured the building, leaving Willis out of the picture all together (Fox was also reportedly worried about marketing Willis, who was only known as a television actor). After “Die Hard” (1988) blew up, the tower would forever become known as Nakatomi Plaza, even though it’s been featured in a number of big name productions, including the opening sequence of “Speed” (1994), one of the buildings that falls in “Fight Club” (1999), and Mr. Zalinski’s (Dan Aykroyd) Auto Parts building in “Tommy Boy” (1995).
Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix, not John McClane, in 'Commando.' Courtesy of Everett Collection.
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