The new Die Hard movie, titled ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ starring Bruce Willis, will certainly meet the viewers’ expectations, especially regarding the wholesale wracking of some prime cars.
According to director John Moore, about 132 vehicles were destroyed during the epic car chase, showing Bruce Willis riding a Mercedes G Class SUV roughshod over vehicles in traffic while chasing Russian bad guys who fire shoulder rockets into the oncoming vehicles. The total cost….$11 million.
“There were 132 (cars) that could never be used again,” says Moore. “Another 518 required a lot of work. And damn right there were some good cars there. … That’s the fun of it. With Die Hard it’s about how audacious the action is. So you have to drive over a Lamborghini. An actual one. And yes it hurts me. I’m a car fanatic.”
Is doesn’t seem it hurt that much if he was willing to make a $11 million sequence in which Bruce Willis literally drives over the cars. Moore went to Mercedes to get the G Class SUV, as this vehicle fits with the Russian backdrop. Several such vehicles were destroyed during the stunts and Moore even considered sparing one when the company said he could keep it.
“And there was a moment where it was like, ‘If I don’t wreck it, they said I can keep it.’ I really had this St.-Paul-on- the-road-to-Damascus moment. We wrecked it, I’m happy to say,” says Moore. “It was like if I don’t wreck it, I’m done directing.”