Yippee Ki-Yay, Christmas movie fans! Die Hard
might just be the greatest action film ever made. It's endlessly quotable, made a huge movie star out of Bruce Willis
, features one of the penultimate performances from the late Alan Rickman
, and launched not only a franchise, but a slew of imitators, as well. Welcome to the party, pal! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Die Hard
could have been John McClane.
Ol' Blue Eyes
had first dibs on the role that made Bruce Willis an action star. Die Hard
is based on the 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever
, which was a sequel to the 1966 book The Detective
. The famous crooner turned actor starred in the 1968 film adaptation of The Detective
and was therefore offered the chance to reprise the role of John McClane in the follow-up. Of course, Sinatra was already 73 by then, and said no.