Matrix Facts You Probably Never Knew – 26 Pics

1J*L : V HP/L ft < _ ______________________________________________________________________ The Wachowskis approached Warner with the idea of thelMatrix and Warner balke^l at the budge/they had submitted, which wasjgyer $80 million. Warner.instead agreed to give them $10 million. The Wachowskis^took the money and filmed the first ten minutes of the movie (the'pj^ning 'scene with Carrie-Anne Moss) using the entire $10 million. They then showed the • executives at Warner the opening scene. They were impressed, and •> ', **' ' grefen-lit the original asking budget.

2The office building in which Smith interrogated Morpheus was a large set, and the outside view of the building was a large, several-story high sheet of background.

3A prosthetic stomach was used for the scene where the agents hold down Neo so that Agent Smith can activate the bug that digs into Neo's belly button

4The glyphs on the computer screen,s with the exception of the call traces, consists of reversed letters, numbers, and Japanese katakana characters.

5In the early stages of developing what was to become the famous’Bullet Time sequence, visual effects supervisor John Gaeta and director of photography Bill Pope constructed many gimbals and dollies in the hope of creating the effect the old fashioned way. The original dolly they created for the camera would be lead around the action at a tremendous speed, but after many failed tests and broken dollies, they opted for computer graphics, which meant writing an entirely new program for the effect. However, the Bullet Time sequence does still use one very old fashioned technique: ' Hr still photography. N

6For the scene when Neo wakes up in the pod connected to the Matrix, the pod was constructed to look dirty, used, and sinister. During the testing of a breathing mechanism in the pod, the tester suffered hypothermia in under eight minutes, so the pod had to be heated.« »

7The windows that Trinity crashes the helicopter into are those of the Columbia Pictures screening room in Sydney, Australia

8To prepare for the scene in which Neo wakes up in a pod, Keanu Reeves lost 15 pounds and shaved his whole body to give Neo an emaciated look.

9Filming the scene when Neo slammed Smith into the ceiling, Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves' stunt double, sustained several injuries, including broken ribs, knees, and a dislocated shoulder. Another stuntman was injured by a hydraulic puller during a shot where Neo was slammed into a booth.

10According to weapon provider John Bowring, guns for Keanu Reeves in the lobby sequence and the elevator sequence, were actually plastic lightweight weapons. They made a very faithful cast of MP5K, which weighs about 150-200 grams, so that Keanu could carry them quite easily without worrying about the weight. Heavy versions of the same thing were also made, if they were to fall on the floor.

11Prior to the pre-production, Keanu Reeves suffered a two-levelg fusion of his cervical spine which^hadlbequn to cause paralysistin, his legs, requiring him to undergo neckTsurgery. He was still recovering by the time of pre-production, but he insisted on training, scT'Woo-Ring Yuen let him practice punches and lighter moves. Reeves trained hard and even requested training on days off. However, the surgery still made him unable to kick for two out of four months of training. As a result, Reeves did not kick much in the film.

12In the combat training program before Keanu Reeves starts his furious attacks on Morpheus, he rubs his nose with his thumb and finger, a similar mannerism of Bruce Lee before he attacks on his opponents. The move was improvised by Reeves.

13The hotel and room number where Neo has to pick up the phone to get out of the Matrix (at the end) are the same where Trinity awaits the police in the beginning of the movie.

14For the cell phone conversation scene between Neo and Morpheus in the MetaCortex office Keanu Reeves actually climbed up the window without a stuntman, which was 34 floors up.

15Wacho.wskiIlfoQthe slow-mo bullet ripple effects, Savislput bullets on strings and whirl studio^lso he digitized raindrops against create the sound of the Matrix code.

16On the first day of shooting, Hugo Weaving suffered an injury to his leg. It was revealed to be a polyp that had to be surgically removed. For a while, there was a suggestion that the actor would have to be recast, but, by shifting the schedule around so that all of his stuntwork would take place at the end of the shooting, Weaving was able to take part.
Hugo Weaving

17For Keanu Reeves's scenes set in the real world at the start of the film, his costumes were deliberately shabby and ill-fitting to suggest Thomas Anderson's feeling of not quite fitting into the world.

18Carrie-Anne Moss performed the shots featuring Trinity at the beginning of the film and all the wire stunts herself.

19Carrie-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.

20After the lobby shootout, the camera pans back showing the aftermath of the gunfight in the lobby. During this a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, but was left since it seemed appropriate.

21In Greek Mythology Morpheus is the god of dreams. Somewhat ironic considering Morpheus' role here is to awaken people from their dream states to reality.

22The filming of the helicopter scene nearly caused the film to be shutdown because they flew the helicopter through restricted Sydney airspace. Laws in the state of New South Wales in Australia were changed to allow the film to proceed.

23The opening action scene took six months of training and four days to shoot.

24The actors of the film were required to be able to understand and explain The Matrix. Simulacra and Simulation was required reading for most of the principal cast and crew. Keanu Reeves states that the Wachowskis had him read Simulacra and Simulation, Out of Control, and Evolutionary Psychology ever before they opened up the script, and eventually he was able to explain all the philosophical nuances involved. Carry-Anne Moss commented that she had difficulty with this process.

25Numerous sets of identical twins were cast as extras in the "Woman in Red" scene - in which Morpheus takes Neo through a computer simulation of The Matrix - to create the illusion of a repeating program. Example: the tall man with slicked-back hair and sunglasses in the opening shot is seen seconds later as a police officer writing a parking ticket.

26For the subway scene, the set was first planned to be shot in a real subway station, but due to the amount of the actions and the wire works, the decision was made to shoot on set. The set was built around an existing train storage facility, which had real train tracks.

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