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Merovingian's garage contains eighteen Cadillacs from different time periods. These were sourced through the Cadillac Association of New South Wales, as Australia is a right hand drive country, fake steering wheels were inserted into most of the cars, while the original steering wheel was covered up.
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Around 97 percent of the materials from the film sets were later recycled after filming had been completed. In one example, tons of wood were sent to Mexico to build low-income housing.
When Smith pulls up in an Audi at the beginning of the film, his license plate is IS 5416. In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 says, Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
Sean Connery was originally picked to play The Architect, but turned it down because he couldn't understand the concept of the movie. Connery mentions this in an interview on the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) DVD.
When the Merovingian swears in French, he says, "Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère." This is just a string of curses strung together, and means "Goddamn Whore Filthy Shithouse Jerk Bugger of your mother."
The film's highway chase sequence took almost three months to shoot (longer than many films' entire shooting schedule).
GM donated three hundred cars for use in the production of the movie. All three hundred were wrecked by the end.
The fight sequence of Neo versus Smith and his clones (a.k.a. The Burly Brawl) took 27 days to shoot.
Earning in excess of 735 million dollars at the worldwide box-office, this was the most commercially successful R-rated movie in history at the time. (However, in some countries it was given a less restrictive PG-13 equivalent rating.) In North America, it surpassed the nineteen-year record holder Beverly Hills Cop (1984) as the highest grossing R-rated release, though it would be surpassed by The Passion of the Christ (2004) less than a year later.
Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Anthony Brandon Wong all signed on to the film without having read the script.
In the burly brawl sequence, Neo ultimately battles with over eighty Agent Smiths.
Samsung produced ten thousand cell phones, like the one seen in the film (model SPH-N270), which sold out quickly.
Trinity uses a genuine hack to get into the Matrix. She uses Nmap version 2.54BETA25 (an actual port scanning tool) to find a vulnerable SSH server, and then proceeds to exploit it using the SSH1 CRC32 exploit from 2001.
It took Carrie-Anne Moss six months just to get the Scorpion Kick in the beginning scene correct.
The role of Seraph was originally written specifically for Jet Li. Reportedly, Jet Li asked for the same amount of money as Keanu Reeves was getting to do the film. The role was then changed to a female and offered to Michelle Yeoh, who turned it down, due to scheduling conflicts.
The special effects cost one hundred million dollars.
Only a few of the Smith clones were actually played by Hugo Weaving. Open casting calls for males with similar body shapes and structures took place, and Weaving's head was superimposed on them later.
Gloria Foster (The Oracle) died before the end of shooting the second Matrix film. She had done most of her scenes for this film, but none for the third film, The Matrix Revolutions (2003), as well as Enter the Matrix (2003). Mary Alice was chosen as her replacement.
Lambert Wilson's French accent as The Merovingian is intentionally exaggerated at the directors' demand. Wilson speaks English very well and said it was his only deception towards the movie.
The monitors appearing in the Architect's room are exactly the same as those appearing in The Matrix (1999), when agents capture Neo for interrogation and insert a bug in him.
It was reported that Keanu Reeves volunteered to give up a claim to a share of ticket sales amounting to around 38 million dollars, when producers feared that the film would never recoup the cost of the special effects.
The 1.4-mile, three-lane loop highway was built specifically for the chase scene on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base. It was destroyed when filming was complete.
The inspiration for the morphing effect on the twins was jellyfish.
Carrie-Anne Moss did some of her own driving on the motorcycle in the highway scene.
Laurence Fishburne suggested that his character remove his sunglasses for the fight with the agent on board the tractor-trailer, to remind the audience of Morpheus' fight with Agent Smith in The Matrix (1999) (during which he wears no sunglasses), and to better express his character's vulnerability.
When Neo is fighting the Smith clones (The Burly Brawl), some unconventional sound effects were used. When Neo is kicked and flies through and knocks over the group of Smiths, dominoes toppling over was used. At the end of the fight when Neo throws Smith by the leg into his clones, the sound of a bowling ball knocking over pins was used.
There were several injuries on the set: Carrie-Anne Moss broke her leg training for a wire stunt, Laurence Fishburne fractured an arm in another training incident, and Hugo Weaving put out a disc in his neck while being pulled back on a wire.
To prepare for his role in the franchise, Keanu Reeves was asked to read three books: Simulation and Simulacra, Out of Control, and Evolution Psychology.
The idea of all programs being born from The Source, an entity of pure light, and returning there after their purpose is fulfilled, is a philosophy borrowed from the Hindu belief in Brahma, who in Hindu mythology, is a god composed of pure life energy. This god created all things, and it is man's destiny to return to Brahmand after his or her destiny is fulfilled.
The red chair Morpheus is sitting in when he is expounding on his plan to access the source, is the same red chair he was sitting in when he offered Neo the red and blue pills in The Matrix (1999), and when he explained to Neo what the Matrix was.
The Keymaker, while explaining how Neo will reach the Architect, says they will have to knock out 27 blocks of power, and they will have exactly 314 seconds before the power begins to reroute. In the Bible, the 27th book of the New Testament (Revelation) chapter 3, verse 14 speaks of being a witness to the source of creation (which in the Matrix is the Architect).
The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Enter the Matrix (2003), and this film were shot back-to-back-to-back.
The Matrix Reloaded is the highest grossing film in the franchise.
The Ship referred to as the Hammer is labeled (and actually named) Mjolnir, a difficult name to pronounce. This explains why nobody calls it by its real name. Mjolnir is the name for the famous Hammer of Thor, the Nordic God of Thunder.
The original plan for releasing this film and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), was to release them several weeks apart, not months.
When Neo confronts the Architect, the Architect tells him "(the perfect Matrix's) doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being." Images flashing on the monitor screens during these two lines include Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Adolf Hitler, a nuclear bomb's explosion, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush, and United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
The Zion rave involved over one thousand extras.
The key of the beginning theme you hear at the beginning of every Matrix movie (rousing strings and horn blasts) ascends by one semitone with each movie. The Matrix starts in the key of E, Matrix Reloaded in F and Matrix Revolutions in the key of F-sharp.
Martial arts training for the lead actors and actresses started in November 2000, and lasted eight months.
The Wachowskis' contract for doing the The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), included a stipulation that they wouldn't have to do any media interviews.
During Neo's encounter with the Architect, if you're able to use subtitles, you can see Neo's alter egos displayed on the screens make the following outbursts: "You can't control me!" "I'm going to smash you to bits!" "I'm going to fucking kill you!" "You can't make me do anything you Old White Prick!"
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) 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.
Andy and Larry Wachowski cast Monica Bellucci as Persephone after seeing her performance in Malèna (2000).
When Neo and Smith first meet face to face, a lighting panel is clearly and visibility reflected in Smith's glasses. Remarkably, this is the only instance of this in the film, when so many characters wear sunglasses throughout the trilogy.
During the Burly Brawl, there are four totally computer-animated sequences, with no live action whatsoever.
The two freeways referenced in the movie were the 101 and the 303. These are also the numbers of Neo's apartment and the Heart o' the City hotel room respectively in The Matrix (1999).
There are twelve hoverships in Zion's fleet, of which ten are shown or mentioned in the films and video game, Enter the Matrix (2003), and whose names and captains are as follows: Osiris - Thadeus; Logos - Niobe; Nebuchadnezzar (Neb) - Morpheus; Mjolnir (Hammer) - Roland; Caduceus - Ballard; Gnosis - Ice; Vigilant - Soren; Icarus - Ajax; Brahma - Kali; Novalis - Tirant. Concept artwork reveals the names of the remaining two ships: the Ganesha and the Vishnu.
Commander Lock is the only rebel that has a first name in the real world.
Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski had been approached to direct Batman Begins (2005), but turned it down to doing the Matrix sequels.
Historical reference: the Merovingians were the first dynasty of kings in France, from 486 to 751 It is also the name of a type of Gnostic Church (many elements of Gnosticism appear in the Matrix films).
Originally banned in Egypt because of the film's religious themes, but later released after approval of the censorship bureau.
According to Oakland city officials, who worked with the filmmakers on the downtown Oakland shots, all red and blue colors had to be removed, so sidewalk curbs were painted over. Also, there could be no greenery or other plant life, so filming was done over the winter, before tree leaves sprouted in the spring.
When Neo and Smith meet for the first time in the film, there is a piece of white graffiti on the fence behind them. The graffiti is written in runes, and spells out "thew" (thorn, eoh, wynn). "Thew" is Old-English, and means servant or slave. This ties into the theme of the film.
Total Film magazine says this film contains "the worst line ever delivered in a mainstream Hollywood film." The line of dialogue is: "Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of The Matrix."
Pre-production on the two films lasted for a year, the shooting took a year, and then both films spent a year in post-production.
When Trinity hacks the Power Station's computer, the password she uses is Z1ON0101.
There are 1,943 names in the credits.
Entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as The Widest Film Print Run, which means that it had a run of 8,517 copies sent out at the same time.
For the burly brawl scene, certain sections of the fights used a digital versions of Neo and Smith. The visual effects team used Sony HDR-900 High Definition cameras to scan their images as to generate digital sequences and Smith clones. For live-action, sequences were shot in eighteen second intervals as to change camera angles and because Neo has more than 250 moves to perform.
The production spent sixty days in San Francisco. 48 of those days were spent filming the freeway sequence alone.
The camera pan sweep over Megacity that begins the freeway chase took over a year to complete as virtually every element, apart from the freeway itself, had to be computer generated.
There are many references to the number 101.
The gun that Persephone uses is a COP .357. It is also used by the Replicant Leon Kowalski (Brion James) in Blade Runner (1982).
The character known to us as "The Kid", is actually of the name "Michael Karl Popper", as revealed in the Animatrix series. Karl Popper was a famous twentieth century philosopher, who notably did work on the nature of free will, and the relation of mind and choice to the physical realms.
Eva Mendes, Samantha Mumba, Brandy Norwood, and Tatyana Ali were all rumored to be possible replacements for the character of Zee, after the initial choice Aaliyah died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. Nona Gaye (daughter of late Motown legend Marvin Gaye) was eventually cast in the role.
Jada Pinkett Smith was nine months pregnant when she received a call from her agent informing her that she was being considered for a part in the films.
Monica Bellucci and Keanu Reeves previously co-starred in Dracula (1992).
The script for the movie (while in production) was code-named "The Burly Man". The Burly Man is the title of the script Barton Fink is working on in the film Barton Fink (1991). While shooting the freeway sequence, the directors watched rushes in a vehicle referred to by the crew, as the "Burly Van".
Late singer Aaliyah was cast to play Zee, but due to her death the role was given to somebody else.
The tractor-trailer used in the freeway chase scene has Big Endian Eggs written on its side. This is a reference to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: The Lilliputians, being very small, had correspondingly small political problems. The Big-Endian and Little-Endian parties debated over whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened at the big end or the little end, (Big-endian has also been adopted as computer terminology.)
In the original theatrical release of The Matrix Reloaded (2003), many of the signs during the freeway chase had eight-character hexadecimal codes instead of their actual content, as shown in later theatrical versions and on home video. These hex codes were cheat codes for the companion game Enter the Matrix. In that, there is a hacking minigame where these codes are coupled with the "cheat" command to activate the cheats.
Because the twins' Cadillac Escalade EXT was not in production at the time of the movie's filming, General Motors had to graft together fiberglass Cadillac parts with prototype Chevrolet Avalanche pickup trucks, to create the black truck seen in the freeway chase. The Lincoln Continental from The Matrix (1999) makes a brief cameo appearance toward the beginning of the film. The underground garage where the characters select a car is populated with almost all Cadillacs. The row closest to the door has in age order, a '37 Model 60 V8, then two '57 Eldorado Biarritz's, a black hardtop and a silver convertible, a '63 Eldorado, '66 Eldorado, (The '63 and '66 Eldorados are convertibles only. There were no hardtops.) , '69 and '71 Eldorado Convertibles, The aforementioned EXT and a pre-production model of the 2004 XLR. The second row, has in order, a 1933 LaSalle Model 345C, which is identifiable from a shot in the fight scene in the first row. The rest of the second rows cars are a little harder to identify. There are three DeVilles, definitely a '70 and a '76, and a possible '73, an '81-'84 Sedan DeVille or Fleetwood, and possibly a late '90s Catera.
According to a DVD feature, all the phrases that the monitors of Neo said include "You can't control me!", "I can say whatever I want!", "FUCKING DICK!", "I'll smash you to fucking bits!", "I'll fucking kill you!", "You old, white, prick!", "You can't make me do that!", "FUCK YOU!", et cetera. Thus making the film have 5 f-words, including the one said in French.
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During the freeway chase, the police radio dispatcher calls "1-Adam-12, please respond." (at around one minute). This was the call sign of the police cruiser in the television series Adam-12 (1968).
Lara Dutta was offered a role in this film, as well as The Matrix Revolutions (2003), but turned the part down because she didn't like the script.
The switch-bladed weapons that the Twins use, are actually old-fashioned straight-edged shaving razors.
One of the freeway signs during the freeway says Whipple Ave., Woodside Rd., Marsh Rd. - which are three real consecutive freeway exits on the U.S. 101 freeway, south of San Francisco.
The film takes place in 2199.
In the car chase scene, right before they enter the freeway, the word "steak" can be seen on a building in the background. "Steak" was the password given out at the end of the credits of the first movie.
The companion video game Enter the Matrix includes a live-action sequence identical to Reloaded, where Monica Bellucci's Persephone agrees to help only after engaging in a passionate kiss; except the recipient isn't Neo, it is Jada Pinkett Smith's Niobe. Just like in the movie, it requires two tries before Persephone is satisfied.
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Jada Pinkett Smith previously auditioned for the role of Trinity in The Matrix (1999).
The freeway in Akron, Ohio was initially the first choice for the location to shoot the freeway chase scene, but the crew decided not to shoot there, as it would take one hour to back up all cars, as to prepare for the start of a take.
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The freeway exit sign (the one listing Whipple Ave., Woodside Rd., and Marsh Rd.) passed during the freeway chase, is the same sign that you would pass on the real-life U.S. Highway 101, if you had just left the headquarters of Oracle Corporation, and were heading southbound on U.S. Highway 101.
Professional Taekwondo instructors were used for some of the stunts, including WTF silver medalist Master Timothy Connelly.
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Helmut Bakaitis explained in an interview, that his inspiration for the Architect's voice was Orson Welles.
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The book Persephone moves to open up the bookcase is Arthur Schopenhauer's "Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung". The book immediately to its left is "Parerga and Paralipomena", also by Schopenhauer.
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The movie's codename, "The Burly Man", is the title of the first screenplay that the Wachowskis developed for Four Corners Productions.
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The oracle, played by Gloria Foster, tells Neo that she loves candy. Ironically, the actress died of diabetes in real-life before the film's release.
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The pen the Architect holds is a Lamy Swift rollerball.
Harry Lennix and Laurence Fishburne, would play in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Lennix as General Swanwick and Fishburne as Perry White.
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
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The modeler of the Nebuchadnezzar put his initials in the back details of the ship. It's hard to see clearly, but when the ship enters the dock in Zion, the rear of the ship fills the frame. Look in the upper left corner for a stylized JHD and upper right corner for a mirrored version of it.
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The movie in the background that the henchmen are watching, is The Brides of Dracula (1960).
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The best-selling 1965 science fiction fantasy novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert was considered to be an influence behind The Matrix films. The Matrix films takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, which rebels are fighting back against machines that have enslaved humans, that are plugged into The Matrix, and Neo is The One, the messiah whom, according to a prophecy, will end the war between man and machine, and free the human race, and destroy The Matrix, and Neo has a recurring premonition of Trinity's death. In "Dune", Paul Atriedes leads the Fremen, in rebellion against Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and Baron Vladmir Harkonnen, and is reveled as the Kwisatz Haderach, a living god, whom according to a Freman prophecy, will free Arakis from the Empire. In the novel, Paul Atriedes has visions and in the history of the Dune universe, the universe was ruled by machines that were destroyed by humans in a great revolt.
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Da Brat auditioned to play Zee.
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In the fight with the three agents at the beginning of the film, Neo kicks one of the agents into the lamppost made by Darrow Industries, a reference to the Matrix films' Conceptual Designer, Geofrey Darrow.
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At the freeway chase, a signboard has the exit to a place called Paterson Pass (which is a road between Livermore and Tracy, California, east of the Alameda freeway production site - the exit is off of Interstate 5). This was a reference to Production Designer Owen Paterson.
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Monica Bellucci would later go on to star in Spectre (2015), which she had the small role of Lucia, widow of criminal Marco Sciarra, who was a member of the SPECTRE organization. Persephone (Bellucci) is the wife of The Merovingian (A program living in The Matrix as a powerful crime syndicate leader), and she willingly betrays The Merovingian and helps Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity get to The Keymaker.
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The short animated film Final Flight of the Osiris (2003), which is a prequel to The Matrix Reloaded (2003), revealed how the Osiris crew managed to warn the other Zion ships about the army of Sentinels digging their way to Zion, which they will reach in 72 hours.
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Cameo 

Bill Pope: The Director of Photography makes an appearance as a security guard who gets paid to count sheep.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Morpheus' ship, the Nebuchadnezzer, is destroyed, the line he states "I had a dream, but now the dream is gone from me." is an allusion to the Book of Daniel, where King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream of the Golden image that Daniel interprets for him.
During Neo's talk with the Oracle, she offers him the choice between two pieces of candy; one in a red wrapper and one in a blue wrapper. This, of course, mirrors his choice between the red and blue pill in The Matrix (1999) which led to Neo learning an important truth about his reality. In this movie, Neo again takes the red "pill", and as before, it takes him on a journey to realizing an even greater truth about the Matrix and his reality.
The film takes place six months after The Matrix (1999). Incidentally, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) was released six months before The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
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Like Captain America: Civil War (2016), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) is about making choices. In the film, Neo is taught by The Oracle, by understanding the choice he made, and he is forced by The Architect to choose between returning to the source, or return to The Matrix to save Trinity, which he chooses to save Trinity.
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