Tuesday, April 16, 2013

AMND Fun Action Movie Fact

I love the idea that Shakespeare's works can influence even the most unlikely of works. I listened to a podcast featuring Stan Lee recently, where he espoused his love for Shakespeare and expressed how the bard's language inspired him. (It's a long podcast covering all kinds of things, but if you would like to listen to it, here's a link.) The big fact this is leading to is that action movie fans might be surprised to learn that Die Hard was influence by AMND. Director John McTiernan supposedly asked his screenwriters to read the play and try and incorporate elements into the film. Might that explain the trickster nature of John McClane? The "play of masks" between McClane and Hans Gruber? The separation of various groups and then them coming together during this party? And would later Die Hard movies have benefitted from the Bard's magic touch?

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