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In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Angelina Jolie had to wear bra padding, in order for her bust size to measure up to the videogame character. Jolie wears considerably less (and possibly no) padding in this film, as the decision was made to give Lara more realistic dimensions.
In the scene where Lara Croft and partner jump off a building wearing "flying suits", called wingsuits, the stunt was performed by the two men who developed the suits. No CGI, wires, nets, or other special effects were involved. This suit was invented by Patrick de Gayardon, who died in a parachute accident in April 1998, while testing a new type of parachute in Hawaii.
One of Angelina Jolie's stunt doubles was a man.
At one point in the movie, Lara Croft attacks a bad guy using very sophisticated movements with an antique rifle. Her movements are taken from the Queen Anne Salute used by the U.S. Army Drill Team.
The skin on Lara's upper left arm is rarely seen exposed in this film. Angelina Jolie sports a large tattoo on her upper left bicep which requires make-up to cover up. The fact her left arm is rarely bared in this film (her opening scene in a bikini is shot in such a way her right arm, not her left, dominates) may be due to criticism that the tattoo was sometimes poorly concealed in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Angelina Jolie is the only cast member in the movie to be American-born.
Just as in the first film, there are several scenes in which the live-action Lara mimics the computer game version, in particular, a scene in which she climbs around a pagoda and pole vaults to a helicopter. She also takes a nasty fall as the animated Lara was prone to do.
The film was banned in China because "it damaged China's reputation, giving the impression of a country in chaos, with no government, and overrun by secret societies."
The character of Jonathan Reiss exposes his private jet passengers to a form of Ebola. The "antidote" is a clear capsule with small black pills in it. In reality, this is an herbal medicine made in China, and is a cure for an upset stomach.
When fighting Chen Lo among the terracotta warriors, one is smashed, and you can see that the head was a separate piece from the torso. This is factual, as they were initially created and fired separately, before being assembled.
In the film, Lara (Angelina Jolie) and Terry (Gerard Butler) walk into a mall in Hong Kong called "Times Square", after which they make their way to a then-unfinished taller building, called the "IFC tower". The film treats the two buildings as if they are attached, but in fact they are a subway train ride apart. The large skylight that looks up the IFC tower from Times Square was digitally added into the scene.
When Lara Croft first meets up with Terry Sheridan at his Barla Kala prison cell, "DOBRO POZHALOVAT" (Welcome) is carved on the cell wall.
At the time of the film's release, Angelina Jolie said she had no desire to play the character a third time. Nonetheless, some planning for a third feature was undertaken until early 2004, when the studio announced plans for another Lara Croft film starring Jolie had been cancelled. A reboot of the franchise, called Tomb Raider (2018), starring Alicia Vikander, is slated for release on March 16.
Much of the background story of this film revolves around Alexander The Great (Alexander of Macedonia). Angelina Jolie portrayed Alexander's mother, Olympias, in Alexander (2004).
Angelina Jolie stated in an interview that she kept Lara's holsters, and has them at home.
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The watch Lara Croft wears is a Tissot T Touch.
In the German version of the movie, Til Schweiger dubbed himself.
Djimon Hounsou appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as Korath, which the film's plot centered around an orb, which contains a weapon, which the film's main antagonist plots to use. In this film, Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) sets out to retrieve an orb, which will lead to the mythical Pandora's Box.
Initial trailers and publicity material credited the story to Producer Lloyd Levin and Production Designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, as well as James V. Hart. However, just before the film was released, the Writers Guild of America decided to credit the story to Hart and Steven E. de Souza.
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Robson Green read for this film.
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Max Ryan screentested for the role of Terry Sheridan.
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Considered to be an updated version of Red Sonja (1985), Lara Croft sets out to retrieve an orb from Jonathan Reiss, with the help from Terry Sheridan, who is a mercenary.
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Released a decade after Angelina Jolie's first action film, Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993).
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This film and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) are YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann's biggest guilty pleasure movies.
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Kelly Brook was rumored to be in talks to replace Angelina Jolie.
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Iain Glen and Ciarán Hinds appeared on Game of Thrones (2011).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The region one DVD contains several deleted scenes, including Kosa's introduction, and an alternate ending in which Reiss kills Terry, instead of Lara doing the deed.

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