34 Amazing Things Most People Don’t Know About The Matrix Series.
This article is based on "Matrix Trivia - IMDB", "Matrix Reloaded Trivia - IMDB", and "Matrix Revolutions Trivia - IMDB". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article.
3/34 The Matrix Reloaded promotional material was in such high demand, that distributors were extremely worried about it being stolen. To combat this, standees and banners were sent out with the code names of "Caddyshack 2" and "The Replacements". Several cinemas thought they had not received the materials due to these names, and as such, did not display them until the last minute.
4/34 The street corner where Neo and Agent Smith fight in the crater in Matrix Revolutions is the same corner where Neo made his phone call at the end of The Matrix. You can see the street signs (Pitt, Hunter, O'Connell) and the phone booth is visible to the right of the crater in Revolutions.
5/34 The Matrix theme song is played at the beginning of every Matrix movie, and with each new movie the key ascends by a semitone. For The Matrix its in the key of E, the key of F for Matrix Reloaded, and the key of F-sharp for Matrix Revolutions.
6/34 The Wachowskis originally submitted an $80 million budget for The Matrix to Warner Brothers, who balked at the price and gave them a tenth of that instead. The Wachowskis used that $10 million to film the first ten minutes of the movie and showed it to the executives as the opening scene. They also hired comic book artists Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce to draw a 600-page shot-by-shot storyboard of the entire film. The execs were so impressed that they green-lit the project at the original budget.
7/34 Matrix Revolutions opened at the exact same moment in every major city around the world on November 5, 2003: 6am in Los Angeles, 9am in New York City, 2pm in London, 5pm in Moscow, 11pm in Tokyo, 1am in Sydney, etc.
8/34 Fight director Woo-Ping Yuen initially refused to the work on The Matrix and told the Wachowskis that it was due to financial reasons. So they raised his salary. Next he told him he'd only agree to the project if he could have complete artistic control of the fights and could train the actors for four months. The Wachowskis agreed so Yuen was stuck making the film.
9/34 Only a handful of the Smith clones in Matrix Reloaded were played by Hugo Weaving. The rest were made up of actors of a similar body shape and physical structure, and Weaving's head was superimposed on them in post-production.
10/34 To film the cell phone conversation scene between Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix, Keanu Reeves actually climbed out the window of the office building without a stuntman. It was a 34-floor drop to the ground!
12/34 The iconic sunglasses worn by the Matrix characters are from Blinde, a company that prides itself on producing handmade glasses. The founder had a tender against large companies like Ray-Ban to win the film's sunglass contract and designed a unique pair of glasses for each character solely based on their name. After he won the tender, he was flown to Sydney to custom design sunglasses for each member of the cast.
13/34 The 1.4-mile loop highway seen in Matrix Reloaded was built specifically for the chase scene on a decommissioned navy base in Alameda, California. It was destroyed when filming was complete.
14/34 The Wachowskis' contract for Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions included a stipulation that they wouldn't have to do a single media interview.
15/34 During the scene at the club in Matrix Revolutions, the Merovingian is wearing his tie in the Merovingian tie-knot.
16/34 On the first day of shooting Hugo Weaving suffered an injury that required a polyp to be removed from his leg. While they considered recasting him, they realized in the end that Weaving was too good of a catch to lose, so shifted the filming schedule so his stunt work would take place at the end of shooting.
17/34 Approximately 97% of materials from Matrix Reloaded were later recycled. Tons of wood were sent to Mexico to build low-income housing and all 300 cars GM donated for the film were recycled as scrap metal.
18/34 The Matrix filming was almost shutdown when the helicopter scene was filmed through restricted airspace in Sydney, Australia. Laws in New South Wales were adjusted to allow filming to proceed.
19/34 In the last scene of Matrix Revolutions, Oracle sits on a bench with a small commemorative plaque that says "In Memory of Thomas Anderson".
20/34 The role of Switch was initially supposed to be played by two androgynous actors. In the real world it would be played by a male actor and in the Matrix be represented be a female actor - hence the name "Switch". Warner Brothers found the idea too complicated and Belinda McClory, who had been cast as the female switch, was upgraded to playing Switch full time.
21/34 The last scene to be filmed of The Matrix was Neo waking up in the pod. To prepare for the scene Reeves lost 15 lbs and shaved his entire body to give Neo an emaciated look.
22/34 At the time Matrix Reloaded was the most commercially successful R-rated movie in history, having earned in excess of $753 million worldwide at the box office. It beat Beverly Hills Cop, which had held the title since 1984, but was beaten only a year later by The Passion of the Christ.
23/34 The Matrix won all four Academy Awards it was nominated for: Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Effects Editing.
24/34 According to costume designer Kym Barrett, Trinity's costume was made with cheap PVC because of the small costume budget. Similarly, Neo's coat wasn't actually a very expensive fabric. It was a wool blend got for three dollars a yard.
25/34 Sean Connery was originally cast as The Architect but turned the offer down because he couldn't understand the concept of the movie.
26/34 Samsung produced 10,000 cell phones (model SPH-N270) exactly like the ones seen in Matrix Reloaded which sold out quickly after the film was released.
27/34 All scenes that take place within the Matrix have a green tint, as if watching them through a computer monitor, while scenes in the real world have a blue tint. Blue was also used at a minimum in the matrix scenes since the directors thought blue was more of a real world colour despite, ironically, blue being the least often occurring colour in nature. The fight scene between Morpheus and Neo, which is neither in the real world nor in the Matrix, is tinted yellow.
28/34 Carrie-Anne Moss twisted her ankle a few weeks into filming The Matrix but didn't tell anyone till after filming so that they wouldn't recast her.
29/34 The date stamp on the phone trace program in the opening sequence reads "2/19/98". The date stamp on the phone trace program in the closing sequence reads "9/18/99". This means that the events in the movie take place over exactly 19 months.
30/34 Numerous sets of identical twins were cast as the extras in the "Woman in Red" scene to create an illusion of a repeating program. Watch the scene again and look for a man with slicked-back hair and sunglasses at the beginning of the scene appearing seconds later as a police officer.
31/34 Matrix Reloaded was initially banned in Egypt because of the violent content and questioning of human creation, which contradicted the major religions of the country.
32/34 To really understand the philosophical ideas behind The Matrix, the principal cast and crew were required to read Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard.
33/34 Matrix Reloaded has the world record as the widest film print run, meaning 8517 copies of the film were sent out at the same time.
34/34 Gloria Foster, who played Oracle, passed away before she could finish filming Matrix Revolutions and Enter the Matrix so Mary Alice took over the role for both projects. The Wachowskis acknowledged changing the actresses because they thought Morpheus and Trinity not noticing or pretending not to notice would have been too awkward.
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