John McTiernan has resurfaced!
After writer Steven de Souza already debunked Grinches two years ago, McTiernan himself has confirmed that Die Hard is indeed a Christmas movie. In the above video from the AFI Movie Club, McTiernan remarks:
“I said, ‘Okay, if you want me to make this terrorist movie, I want to make it where the hero in the first scene when the limo driver apologizes that he’s never been in a limo before. The hero says it’s alright. I’ve never ridden in a limo before’. Okay, working class hero. And Joel understood what I meant. And he said, ‘Okay’. And so we started to work on it. And in fact, everybody, as they came to work on the movie began to get, as I said, this idea of this movie as an escape. And there was a joy in it. Because we were, we’ve had changed the content. And that is how Die Hard became, we hadn’t intended it to be a Christmas movie, but the joy that came from it is what turned it in to a Christmas movie. And that’s really the best I can tell you about it.”
There’s a lot to unpack there, McT goes into a lot. At any rate, we need more of McT!
Thanks to: Joe