Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Poster


Stephen Herek was originally supposed to direct, but he dropped out to make Rock Star (2001) instead.
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When Lara starts smashing the clock with a hammer, Hillary (the butler) uses a silver tray to protect his face. This is a reference to the games in which -while exploring Croft Manor- the player can shoot at the butler who then also uses the tray he's carrying around to protect himself.
Angelina Jolie did her own Bungee-Ballet, and according to an interview with her on the Jay Leno show, injured her ankle on the first take when landing on top of a chandelier went bad, so that part of the scene had to be done over again after she recovered.
Towards the end of the film when Lara finds a bunch of wolves, she says "A-ha". This was a link to the original games where Lara would use this phrase whenever she picked up an item.
Filming the scenes where Lara drives her Land Rover through the jungle there had to be endless re-shoots due to snakes and other wildlife falling through the open top roof. Angelina Jolie herself was reported to be terrified.
Lara Croft's father is played by Angelina Jolie's real life father, actor Jon Voight.
Highest grossing action film with a woman in lead role. Second is Aliens (1986).
Lara Croft is English and Alex West is American. However, the actress Angelina Jolie who plays Croft is American and Daniel Craig, the actor who plays West, is English.
Lara never actually wounds or kills anyone with a gun in the entire movie.
The gun that Daniel Craig uses in the Tomb of the Dancing Light is a Walther P99 pistol, the signature weapon of James Bond. He later wielded this weapon again as 007 in Casino Royale (2006).
Alex West was originally named Alex Mars but because the name hadn't been cleared by the legal department it couldn't be used. Simon West decided to name the character Alex West, after his father, since he knew, that if needed, he could get legal clearance for the name.
In the video game, Lara Croft is a 36DD. Angelina Jolie is naturally a 36C, and was padded to a 36D for the movie, as it was felt that padding to the original character size would be too unrealistic.
Angelina Jolie received weapons training from an instructor of the SAS, the United Kingdom's elite special forces, to prepare herself for the role.
This film marks the first time in more than three decades that a Hollywood production has been filmed in Cambodia, the previous film being Lord Jim (1965).
The picture in the inset of Lara's father's pocket watch is of Lynda Carter.
In the much-shown previews, at one point Lara says to Powell "You might try to kill me." Powell replies that he "would never kill a lady." She replies archly "I said you'd try." That exchange doesn't appear in the actual movie.
At the time of filming, Angelina Jolie sported a large tattoo on her upper left arm. Make-up was used to cover the tattoo, but one can see where the tattoo has been covered up on several scenes.
The temple on the hill in Cambodia on which Lara lands on is Phnom Bakheng which is just outside the South Gate of the city of Angkor Thom. Next, when we see her drive her Land Rover off, Lara is at Bayon, at the center of Angkor Thom. The temple with trees overgrown on it, where Lara falls into the hidden tomb, is Ta Prohm.
Lara has been given several gadgets in the film which are specific nods at certain gameplay features (of the Tomb Raider game and games in general) - among them the reloader belt or back pack (allowing her to reload her guns very quickly and without fidgeting about with clips or bullets) and the back pack itself (which almost mysteriously "swallows" any item moved close to its bottom or side by Lara, like the first half of the Triangle).
Many of Lara's action sequence moves will be known and loved by any aficionados of the video game series. Drawing weapons mid-somersault, swallow dives into water, forward rolls to reverse direction - these are signature moves of the experienced player.
The makers at first envisioned the scenes ultimately shot in Cambodia taking place at the Great Wall of China. When schedule didn't allow for this to happen, the alternative was to build the Great Wall in Scotland. Ultimately, they opted for the stone temples of Cambodia instead.
Angelina Jolie had lessons in yoga and kickboxing to prepare for her role as Lara Croft. She also learned how to handle guns and other weapons.
Apart from normal jumping, the only moves Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) does in the movie which can also be done in the games is the jump over the living statue and rolls in the air. This can be done in the Playstation game by pressing forward and square, then circle while in the air.
Was filmed at Pinewood Studios in England where James Bond films are made.
Lara's training robot is named Simon, after the director Simon West.
The music played while the explorers are in the Siberian village and then on the sleds is Tuvan throat singing.
The Illuminati is reported to be a real-life secret society with origins dating back to at least the 1700s if not earlier, though it is a matter of debate whether it still exists. Many books - factual and fiction or science fiction novels - have been written about this legendary group, the best known being the "Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
The monkeys Lara fights there are modeled after the ones at Banteay Srei, a temple located far from Angkor Wat. They are the guardians of the door.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was considered for the role of Lara Croft.
Lara's pistols are 9mm Heckler and Koch USP MATCH.
Angelina Jolie was extremely hesitant towards wearing Lara's famous short shorts that she wears in the games and the opening fight scene with Simon, however she eventually agreed because she knew it would make the fans of the character happy.
Lara Croft uses an Ericsson Bluetooth Headset and an Ericsson R310 mobile phone.
Martin Clunes was originally asked to play Lara's butler, but filming dates clashed with his wedding anniversary (he makes a special point of never working on his anniversary), so he turned it down. The part was eventually taken by Chris Barrie.
Future James Bond actor Daniel Craig stars in the film as Alex West. The James Bond films was one of the influences behind the Tomb Raider video games, which the film is based on.
Angelina Jolie stated in an interview that she kept Lara's holsters and keeps them at home.
At one point, Demi Moore was widely reported to have been in consideration for the role of Lara Croft.
Angelina Jolie took drug tests to test her mental wellbeing during filming due to concern about the rumors of drug use and her relationship with Billy Bob Thornton.
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Originally, Lara (Angelina Jolie) was going to be naked in the shower scene, similar to the epilogue of the video game sequel, but the idea was dropped in order to avoid an R rating. So the film could secure a PG-13 rating instead, only Lara's sideboobs are seen.
Denise Richards, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman and Liv Tyler turned down the role of Lara Croft.
Iain Glen and Noah Taylor have worked together in Game of Thrones (2011).
The gun used by Powell's villains is the H&K G36k, the shortened carbine version of the G36 assault rifle. Both are in use with the German army.
Natalie Cassidy auditioned for the role of Croft but was "literally laughed out of the office" by Jolie and several others.
YouTube film critic, Chris Stuckmann, considers this to be his biggest guilty pleasure movie ever.
Fairuza Balk, Kirsten Dunst and Milla Jovovich auditioned to play Lara Croft.
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Linsey Dawn McKenzie was also rumored by some media to be in the running for the part.
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Executive producer Stuart Baird did uncredited re-editing work on this film and Mission: Impossible II (2000) for Paramount in exchange for the job of directing Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
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Angelina Jolie trained for 6 months to get in shape for the film.
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Rachel Appleton's only acting role.
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Daniel Craig did not return for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
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