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This was the first Die Hard film where the original script was explicitly written as an entry in the Die Hard series. The first Die Hard (1988) film was based on a novel by Roderick Thorp and a screenplay meant for Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sequel to Commando (1985). Die Hard 2 (1990) was first written as a script based on Walter Wager's novel '58 Minutes'. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) famously took its basic idea from Jonathan Hensleigh's screenplay Simon Says. And Live Free or Die Hard (2007) was retro-fitted from the original screenplay WW3.com, which was nearly filmed on its own merits before the 9/11 terrorist attacks caused it to be shelved.
Each film in the Die Hard series contains a key scene involving an elevator.
Bruce Willis has openly stated he would like to bring back Bonnie Bedelia to the series. She originally played the character of Holly Gennaro McClane, the wife of Bruce Willis' character John McClane in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990) series, but then stopped playing that character.
Bruce Willis is the only cast or crew member involved in all five Die Hard (1988) films.
Filming of the Mi-24 Hind helicopter firing scenes took place at a military shooting range where Major Peter Simon, Air Operations Commander of Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force (the pilot of the helicopter in all scenes) operated the gunship's Gryazev-Shipunov GS-30-2k (30 mm) auto-cannons and S-8 (80 mm) rockets with live ammunition to make sure the shooting effects will be as realistic as possible. Background and targets were applied in post-production.
The largest helicopter in the film is a Mil Mi-26 (NATO reporting name: Halo). It is also the largest and the most powerful helicopter ever produced.
Aaron Paul, Liam Hemsworth, James Badge Dale, Paul Walker, Ben Foster, Shiloh Fernandez, Milo Ventimiglia, Paul Dano, Steven R. McQueen, and D.J. Cotrona were considered to play John McClane's son. The role ultimately was earned by Jai Courtney.
The Russian gang had no actual Russian members. The roles were played by Slovakian, Hungarian, Serbian, Mongolian and Ukrainian actors.
This is the first Die Hard (1988) sequel since Die Hard 2 (1990) where a performer (besides Bruce Willis) has reprised a role as a cameo. Mary Elizabeth Winstead reprises her role of Lucy McClane from Live Free or Die Hard (2007). Besides Winstead and Willis, the only other actors to appear more than once in the "Die Hard" films are Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, and Bonnie Bedelia (who all appeared in the first two entries), Anthony Peck who played a young cop in the first and Ricky Walsh in the third film and Aldis Hodge who played Zeus' nephew Raymond in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), and CIAgent Foxy in this film (wearing military fatigues and telling Jack his window for extraction is lost).
In the UK, digital copies of the film were delivered to cinemas with the fake title "Simon Says", a tagline from the third installment, Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995).
The black Mercedes SUV featured in a chase scene is a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The line was developed after the Shah of Iran suggested it to the Daimler-Benz management as a possible military vehicle. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was a major Daimler shareholder at the time.
The city of Pripyat was founded in 1970 for workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
At 97 minutes, this is the shortest film in the series since Die Hard 2 (1990): Die Harder.
The McClanes steal a Maybach 57. Maybach is Daimler AG's premium marque, but it is operating at a loss. Daimler will cease Maybach production in 2013.
The Mil Mi-26 transport helicopter seen at the end of the movie was rented from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. The original color of the helicopter is white. The temporary camouflage paint scheme was applied in Hungary, where the helicopter scenes were shot.
The Cougar HEV armored truck was portrayed by four replica vehicles: three custom vehicles made by the specialists of Team Szalay, built on chassis of military surplus 6-wheeled ZIL 131 trucks, and powered by Ural truck engines. The fourth replica used for jump stunts was made in the US and was powered by a V10 Dodge Viper engine.
In the final action scene, the helicopter pilot says that the controls are at "full forward cyclic." This means that the cyclic stick (the joystick-like control) is pushed all the way forward in an attempt to bring the nose down.
Noam Murro was originally the director, but his commitment to the film 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) prevented him from working on this film. Other directors considered including Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn.
Uranium-235 is a rare isotope of Uranium-238, with atoms that contain the same number of protons but fewer neutrons. "Weapons grade Uranium" is refined Uranium-235 containing less than 15% Uranium-238.
The first Die Hard film to be released in the IMAX format.
The first Die Hard film to be shown in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, as well as the first to be shot on Fuji film stock.
This is Aldis Hodge's second appearance in the Die Hard series. His first appearance was in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), where he played Zeus' oldest nephew.
The 6-wheeled Force Protection Cougar HEV truck used in the street chase and car destruction scenes was driven by Zolee Ganxsta (real name: Zoltán Zana), a well-known Hungarian rapper and drummer, also famous for his extensive tattoos, playing a Russian gangster.
Murphy, played by Amaury Nolasco refers to McClane as 'papi', which is a term that Nolasco's character of Sucre often used in Prison Break (2005).
The private jet seen at the end of the film is a Hawker 400XP.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Chagarin visits Komorov in the prison, Komorov plays a white chess piece before flipping to the black chess side of the board. This of course hints his duality later in the film.
Becomes the 4th out of the 5 films to feature an exploding helicopter, but if you count the planes from Die Hard 2 (1990), then all five films have had an aircraft explode in mid air.
This is the first "Die Hard" film where Bruce Willis' character does not kill the main antagonist.

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