10 Things to Look for the Next Time You Watch “Die Hard”

Die Hard

While Die Hard has become a cult Christmas classic since its release in 1988, there are some hilarious discrepancies throughout the film. According to Mental Floss, here are 10 of them.....

  • What’s Holly’s maiden name again? When John McClane (Bruce Willis) makes it to Nakatomi Plaza and signs in on the computer system with his wife Holly, he’s forced to check in using her maiden name. The touch-screen computer lists her surname as “Gennaro.” But when he touches the name it switches to “Gennero.”
  • There are subtle digs at some big action stars. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the role of McClane, and the movie makes some inside baseball jokes at their expense. 
  • Nakatomi Plaza was 20th Century Fox. The exteriors of the film’s marquee location were shot at Fox Plaza, the real-life headquarters of 20th Century Fox. 
  • Joseph Takagi has a link to Pearl Harbor. Takagi (James Shigeta) defends his homeland of Japan with a clap back at McClane’s snark by telling him, “Pearl Harbor didn't work out, so we got you with tape decks.” “Akagi” is also the password that opens the Nakatomi Plaza's bank vault, and was the name of one of the aircraft carriers that took part in the attack.
  • Bruce Willis suffered permanent hearing loss because of the film. In the scene where Willis shoots a terrorist through a table, the actor holds the gun extremely close to his face. The shots caused the actor permanent hearing loss.
  • There are some real falls. In the scene where McClane makes an epic jump into an elevator shaft, the stunt man was supposed to grab onto the first vent--but missed completely. 
  • There are lots of visible stunt people. The production hired as many as 37 stuntmen to pull off McClane’s death defying stunts--and a lot of them are visible throughout the film. 
  • Hans Gruber and his goons don’t actually speak German. The grammar, diction and pronunciation is actually gibberish. 
  • McClane isn’t always barefoot. While McClane spends much of the movie running through broken glass with bare feet, Willis was given a pair of specially made rubber feet as a safety precaution. 
  • The ho-ho-ho terrorist might still be alive. When Hans goes to move the allegedly dead terrorist’s head, the actor playing him blinks.


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