xXx (2002) Poster



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In the DVD extras, Vin Diesel comments that before his three month preparation for xXx, he'd never ridden a motocross bike; he was trained by the world's top motocross bikers.
Vin Diesel performed many of his own stunts. However, according to the DVD commentary, Vin was sick for the Corvette base jump, and pro Tim Rigby performed the stunt wearing a Vin mask.
Stunt player Harry O'Connor was killed when he hit a pillar of the Palacky Bridge in Prague, para-sailing during one of the actions scenes. The accident occured while filming the second take of the stunt; O'Connor's first attempt was completed without incident and can be seen in the completed film.
The first film in which Vin Diesel plays the lead role.
The Corvette jump was filmed, simultaneously with eighteen cameras, at the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn, California. At 730 feet, it is the tallest bridge in California, and the third tallest in the United States.
When the smoking sniper pins down the officers, the rocket launcher Xander uses is actually a modified video camera painted green.
In Colombia, Xander (Vin Diesel) jumps a motocross bike over the barn where he'd been tied up. The building explodes with careful pyrotechnics, and Xander makes it safely to the other side. This stunt had never been done before for any film.
In one scene, two cops who are heard speaking in Czech are saying, quite clearly, something along the lines of "How's it going?" - "Oh, it's cold as s**t." - "Yeah, f**king weather." The dialogue is not subtitled.
xXx's car is a 1967 Pontiac GTO. The first car purchased by the studio to build up for the film, still wore its original GM/Pontiac paint color, known as Montreux Blue, which, after thirty-plus years in the California sun, had severely faded.
All of the tattoos worn by Vin Diesel in this movie are fake.
Shot in 82 days.
According to Rob Cohen, there are over 20,000 individual sound effects in the avalanche sequence.
The shirt that Kolya is wearing in the metal club in the beginning is a t-shirt of the very band playing on stage, Rammstein.
In the action scene on the drug farm, Vin Diesel and/or his stunt driver were wearing bulky helmets, which were replaced with a CGI version of Diesel's head, created by the people at Digital Domain, who also repainted parts of the clothing which were obscured by the helmet(s).
Eric Bana was the first choice to play Xander Cage but turned it down to do The Nugget (2002).
The NSA set was built in Prague. It contains 120 monitors.
The DJs in the futuristic night club are the members of British trance group Orbital. They also composed the song playing in the background: "Technologicque Park".
Many of the action sequences were shot with a 20mm Panavision anamorphic lens, of which there were only two in existence.
Yorgi's club in the opening sequence (with "Rammstein" concert) was actually an abandoned church north of Prague. The club where "Orbital" performs is actually a high-voltage electrical testing facility just outside of Prague.
The motorcycle that Xander is riding after the Corvette base jump is a 1999 MV Agusta Series ORO (Gold Series). It's one of only 300 produced worldwide. Its a 750cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine which produces 125 horsepower, and a top speed of over 175 miles per hour.
When Xander is climbing the rocks and infiltrating the castle, he is wearing a special jacket. It's actually a textile motorcycle jacket, produced by Joe Rocket, and its called the "Phoenix" series. It uses padding and ballistic nylon weaving to reduce the impact and abrasion damage caused in a motorcycle crash.
The punk song Yorgi quotes when he talks to Xander about freedom is 'Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government)' by The Vandals.
Ewan McGregor was offered the role of Yorgi.
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Samuel L. Jackson's character in this film has a scar on his face/eye, just like his character Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe does.
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Rammstein: the rock band at the beginning of the film.

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Rob Cohen: as the horse-riding Colombian and later as the voice of the telephone caller who informs Yorgi that xXx is a spy.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The closing scene with Xander and Yelena sunbathing in Bora Bora was filmed at the Sofitel Motu Bora Bora, in their over water bungalow #115.
They talk about 'silent night' as being a biological agent. It is a binary chemical agent that takes two inert items and converts them into a lethal weapon. Scientist that work on raising virus and other live pathogens don't also work on chemical agents. They are a different thing.
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