Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster Die Hard movie franchise on January 31st with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film's iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
Bruce Willis, who has essayed McClane in all five Die Hard pictures, including the latest installment, A Good Day to Die Hard, attended the ceremony, along with his co-star Jai Courtney, who portrays McClane's son Jack in the new film, and its director, John Moore.
The festivities included a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which Die Hard fans will recognize as 'Nakatomi Plaza' - ground zero for the non-stop action of the landmark original film. Here's what Bruce Willis had to say about playing this iconic character for 25 years.
20th Century Fox Film chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos also released the following statement.
Separately, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection including the first four Die Hard films and featuring an all-new 60 minute bonus disc, 'Decoding Die Hard,' on January 29th.
The Die Hard mural joins murals celebrating Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, The Simpsons, The Sound of Music, The Seven Year Itch, and The Ox-Bow Incident which adorn other Fox stages.
When Die Hard exploded into theaters during the summer of 1988, it launched a new cinematic hero, John McClane, and changed the paradigm of action movies. McClane is identifiable and relatable - an ordinary man forced by circumstances to attempt extraordinary tasks. That is what separates him from the comic book heroes of most action movies, and has made McClane one of the most endearing characters in film history.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder followed in 1990, with Die Hard With a Vengeance arriving in 1995 and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters everywhere February 14th.
A Good Day to Die Hard was released February 14th, 2013 and stars Bruce Willis, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jai Courtney, Yuliya Snigir, Patrick Stewart, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cole Hauser, Anne Vyalitsyna. The film is directed by John Moore.
Die Hard was released July 13th, 1988 and stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, Hart Bochner. The film is directed by John McTiernan.