If John McTiernan says so, then it must be true.
The annual cultural debate over the merits of considering “Die Hard” a Christmas movie has returned, only this time director John McTiernan has stepped in to provide the tie-breaking vote. According to the veteran filmmaker, “Die Hard” is not only a Christmas movie, but it is also a Christmas movie that borrowed from the greatest Christmas movie of all time: “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
In a 12-minute video posted by the American Film Institute last week, McTiernan said that even though he never intended it to become a Christmas movie, “the joy that came from it is what turned it into a Christmas movie.” By McTiernan’s account, the original script followed the basic plot of the original book “Nothing Lasts Forever” almost exactly until he advised producer Joel Silver to change it.
“Joel Silver sent me the script three, four times. And it was about these horrible leftist terrorists that come into the sort of Valhalla of capitalism, Los Angeles, and they bring their guns and their evil ways and they shoot up people just celebrating Christmas, terrible people, awful. And it was really about the stern face of authority stepping into put things right again, you know? And I kept saying to Joel, I don’t want to make that,” he said.
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