EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis Speaks On The Changing Nature Of 'Die Hard' Hero John McClane Over 25 Years...

EXCLUSIVE: Willis On The Changing Nature Of John McClane

It's 25 years since Bruce Willis first brought John McClane to the screen in the first of the 'Die Hard' films, kickstarting one of the big screen's most successful franchises.

In the original and four sequels, McClane has been the reluctant hero, invariably caught in the wrong place, and proving the only human obstacle between good and the triumph of evil.

Bruce Willis has made the reluctant hero all his own in the 'Die Hard' films over 25 years

To mark the 25th anniversary, plus the home entertainment release on DVD of 'A Good Day to Die Hard', Bruce Willis reflects on the changing nature of his die-hard character, through five films. WATCH HIM IN OUR EXCLUSIVE CLIP ABOVE.

Plus here are 25 mind-blowing facts from all five films. Did you know...

1. The line "yippee-ki-yay," translates in Urdu to "Here - eat this" and is used in all five 'Die Hard' films

2. 'Die Hard' was based on the novel 'Nothing Lasts Forever'. It's film sequel, 'The Detective' starred Frank Sinatra, and due to contract clauses meant Sinatra was the first actor to be offered the McClane role at 73 years old

3. The fictional Nakatomi tower in 'Die Hard' is actually home to 20th Century Fox Entertainment

4. The FBI questioned 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh about the information he had on the Federal Gold Reserve featured in the film

5. The crew from 'A Good Day To Die Hard' constructed the largest green-screen ever for all of the driving stunts, measuring 750 feet long and 45 feet high

Bruce Willis stars with Jai Courtney as his son in the fifth instalment of the franchise

6. 'Die Hard 2' is the only film without an action scene in an elevator sequence

7. 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' takes place over one day so Bruce Willis needed 25 identical shirts and trousers for filming

8. 'Die Hard 4.0' is based on a Wired magazine article entitled 'A Farewell to Arms' by John Carlin as well as a script entitled WW3.com by David Marconi

9. Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson both auditioned for the role of John McLane's daughter, Lucy MClane, which went to Mary Elizabeth Winstead for 'Die Hard 4.0'

10. Willis performed one of his most dangerous stunts ever at the end of 'Die Hard', when he jumped off the top of the Nakatomi Tower onto an air bag below while an explosion created a huge fireball behind him

11. 'A Good Day To Die Hard' was set in Moscow but filmed in 32 locations in Budapest

12. The crew for 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' created one of the largest stunts ever shot on the streets of New York when they bombed Bonwit Teller's department store

13. The crew for 'Die Hard 2' used an ice-chipping machine that could chip up to 300 pounds of ice in a matter of seconds, this helped create snowstorms in one of the warmest winters recorded in the US

14. A true to scale New York City subway station was built in Charleston for a subway destruction scene In 'Die Hard With A Vengeance'

15. Bruce Willis' stunt double, Larry Rippenkroeger, was seriously injured in 'Die Hard 4.0' after falling 25 feet during a stunt from a fire escape to the pavement

16. John McClane's birthday is revealed as 23 May 1955 in 'Die Hard 4.0'

17. 'A Good Day To Die Hard' features the Russian made 'Halo', the largest helicopter in the world

18. Jai Courtney (who played Bruce Willis' son) was about to board a flight out of LA when he was asked to turn around and screen test with Bruce

19. In 'Die Hard 2' the spectacular set for the key air-traffic control scene, set in a fictional East Coast Airport, was actually constructed at 20th Century Fox Entertainment

20. There were three weeks of rehearsal for the scene when McClane drove the police car into the helicopter in 'Die Hard 4.0'

21. 'A Good Day To Die Hard' features one of the most spectacular car chases ever, which was filmed on Moscow's famed Garden Ring

22. The set of 'Hotel Ukrainia' in 'A Good Day To Die Hard' took 80 carpenters and 10 metal workers eight weeks to build

23. During the filming of 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' the crew closed off Ninth Avenue from 57the to 42nd streets, one of the largest closures ever attempted in New York

24. The line spoken by McClane "smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo" in 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' is taken from a song called "Flowers on the Wall" by The Statler Brothers, which also appears in 'Pulp Fiction'

25. 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' marked the reteaming of Bruce Willis and director John McTiernan who collaborated for 'Die Hard'

'A Good Day To Die Hard will be available on DigitalHD™, Blu-ray and DVD on 10 June. Watch the trailer below...


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