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Trivia, Some Clues?
A lot of 101's in this, and more questions arise from it, for me anyway...
Actress/Singer Aaliyah was originally cast in the role of Zee but was killed in a plane crash on 25 August 2001.
Gloria Foster (The Oracle) also died before the end of shooting the second Matrix film. She had done most of her scenes for Reloaded but had not done any for the third film.
A 17-minute battle sequence alone cost over $40 million.
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.
It was reported that Keanu Reeves volunteered to give up a claim to a share of ticket sales amounting to around $38 million when producers feared that the film would never recoup the cost of the special effects.
The special effects cost $100 million U.S.
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.
GM donated 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end.
Every identifiable vehicle in the freeway scene (with the exception of the motorbike) is a GM model (examples: Trinity drives a Cadillac CTS, the twins drive a Cadillac Escalade, the police cars are Chevy Impalas, etc...)
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.
The film's highway chase sequence took 45 days to shoot (longer than many films' entire shooting schedule).
Remain seated at the end of the credits.
When Trinity hacks the Power Station's computer, the password she uses is "Z1ON0101".
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.
Cameo: [Bill Pope] The director of photography makes an appearance as a security guard "who gets paid to count sheep".
The 100 Agent Smiths battle alone took two years to complete.
Matrix Reloaded 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.
The Wachowski brothers' contract for doing the Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions, included a stipulation that would not have to do any media interviews.
Only a few of the Agent 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.
Professional Taekwondo instructors were used for some of the stunts, including WTF silver medalist Master Timothy Connelly.
The red chair Morpheus is sitting in when he is expounding 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 Matrix, The (1999) and when he explained to Neo what the Matrix was.
When Persephone is showing the way to the Keymaker, the movie that is playing on the TV on the background is Brides of Dracula, The (1960).
The two freeways referenced in the movie were the "101" and the "303"
The tractor-trailer used in the freeway chase scene has "Big Endian Eggs" written on it's side. This is a reference to 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.)
Historical reference: the Merovingians were the ruling class of France in the 7th Century A.D. It is also the name of a type of Gnostic Church (many elements of Gnosticism appear in the Matrix films).
There are many references to number 101.
When Agent 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."
One of the exit signs on the freeway is for "Whipple Ave.". This is an actual exit in Redwood City, California (25 miles south of San Francisco) on the real U.S. Highway 101.
There were 6 before "The One", I was the first