With A Good Day to Die Hard set to debut on Valentine’s Day, and the original film turning 25 this year, this seems like as good a time as any to look back at some of the things you might not know about the original film (unless you’re totally Die Hard obsessed like we are). Fortunately, YouTube user SeaBlue33 has put together a handy video that does just that. Yippie ki yay?
John McTiernan’s original film was based on Roderick Thorp’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever. Thorp’s book didn’t feature John McClane, but instead told the story of retired NYPD cop Joe Leland as he fights to stop Cold War German terrorist-turned-thief Anton “Little Tony” Gruber from taking over the Klaxon Oil building in Los Angeles where his daughter works. At least Leland is assisted by a Sergeant Al Powell – but there’s no word on what this Al Powell thinks of Twinkies…
It’s easy to forget that Bruce Willis wasn’t a huge star when Die Hard opened – he was best known for playing wisecracking private investigator David Addison on ABC’s Moonlighting, which meant nothing when it came to headlining a big-budget action film. As such, Willis was not the first choice (or even the fifth choice…) for the part. Others who were considered included Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Don Johnson, Richard Dean Anderson (MacGuyver!), and Robert De Niro amongst others. Thankfully, we think they made the right choice.
Meanwhile, Willis’ costar Alan Rickman went on to become the most memorable screen villain outside of Darth Vader as suave Euro crook Hans Gruber. Rickman was also making his feature film debut here.
The rest of the tidbits are more like bite-sized trivia bits than huge revelations, but we think you’ll find them interesting. Watch and learn 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Die Hard below.