My Geeky Trivia
On my days off from work I like nothing more to kick back and watch a movie or three. This means that in the past few months I have watched a lot of movies. Some I have never seen before and some I have watched over and over again. The trilogy of movies I am about to share some trivia about I have seen many many times and I love it just as much now as I did then. Ladies and gentlemen I bring you The Matrix.
Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments. Other actors considered for the role included Tom Curise, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Carie-Anne Moss twisted her ankle while shooting one of her scenes but decided not to tell anyone until after filming, so they wouldn’t re-cast her.
The Wachowski Bros. approached Hugo Weaving to play Agent Smith after seeing his performance in the movie Proof.
The glyphs on the computer screens, with the exception of the call traces, consists of reversed letters, numbers, and Japanese katakana characters.
The Matrix Reloaded
The 1.4-mile, three-lane loop highway was built specifically for the chase scene on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base. It was destroyed when filming was complete.
General Motors donated 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end.
The red chair Morpheus is sitting in when he is expounding his plan to access the source is the same red chair he was sitting in when he offered Neo the red and blue pills in The Matrix and when he explained to Neo what the Matrix was.
The Matrix Revolutions
The street corner where Neo and Smith fight in the crater is the same corner from which Neo made his phone call at the end of The Matrix – the corner of Pitt, Hunter and O’Connell Streets in Sydney, Australia. You can see the phone booth to the right when they hit the ground.
When Neo goes to see The Oracle in her apartment, the jazz standard “I’m Beginning to See the Light” is playing in the background; a different version of the same song also plays in the corresponding scene in The Matrix.
The ship referred to as the Hammer was actually named the Mjolnir, after Thor’s hammer. The hammer in the Norse legends always returned to its master, sparking lightning and thunder along the way. Like the hammer, the ship returned to its master (Zion), with its own lightning and thunder.
And there we have it folks, another week of geeky trivia. As always come back next week to see what I have for you.