My Geeky Trivia
By Geeky Gem
I watch an awful lot of movies, not as many as good old Hmsbeefnuts but enough to get me by. My Mum is the one I have to thank for many of the movies in my collection as she used to buy my brother and I videos all the time to watch. One such video was about an evil villain and a good cop, frozen for crimes and unfrozen in the future, only to continue their battle. I am talking about that 1993 classic Demolition Man.
Sylvester Stallone wanted the Simon Phoenix character to be played by Jackie Chan. Chan refused, since Asian audiences don’t like the idea of actors who have always played heroes suddenly playing evil characters.
The “ray gun” used by Wesley Snipes in the Museum Armory sequence is based on the Heckler and Koch G11, a prototype weapon for the German army that would have been the most advanced rifle in the world, firing caseless ammunition (bullets, not death rays).
Wesley Snipes’ kicks and punches sometimes look lurchy and awkward. Snipes is a black belt in real life, and his kicks and punches were so fast that they blurred on camera. Hence the producers asked him to slow them down.
Lenina Huxley tells John Spartan about the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library, explaining that, based on the sheer popularity of his movies, a Constitutional amendment was passed in order for Schwarzenegger to run for president, which, according to Huxley, he did. In 2003, ten years after this film’s release, Arnold Schwarzengger was elected governor of California and shortly after his election, three senators separately proposed amendments to the US Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to become president.
The two original choices for the roles were Steven Segal and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme was offered the role of the bad guy, but didn’t want that role. He agreed to star in it if both the lead roles could be switched, the producers tried to get Segal to play the bad guy, he declined.
In an early scene, set after the first MDK (Murder Death Kill), the name Scott Peterson is listed as one of the cryo-prisoners. The name appears listed before Simon Phoenix on a computer display, which the character Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) has called to the screen. This is merely a coincidence; however, as Scott Peterson was not a public figure until he was tried for the murder of his wife during 2004-2005.
Well there we have some geeky trivia about a really cool film. Thanks Mum for buying this one on video for me; I’ve lost count of how any times I have watched. I now own it on DVD and watch it every now and again.