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Trivia for Angel Has Fallen

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  • A sequel to both Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).
  • Aaron Eckhart will not be returning in this film.
  • Production on the film has been delayed by three months, to allow Gerard Butler time to recover from an injury he received while riding his motorcycle.
  • Danny Huston replaced Holt McCallany.
  • Morgan Freeman replaced Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States, who Eckhart played in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).
  • Piper Perabo replaced Radha Mitchell as Leah Banning, Mike's wife, who Mitchell played in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).
  • Gerard Butler stated that this film will be darker and more character driven than either Olympus Has Fallen (2013) or London Has Fallen (2016), even going so far as to compare it to Logan (2017). He also expressed hope that this will be the final installment in the "Olympus has Fallen" series.
  • This is the second time Morgan Freeman has portrayed the President of the United States. The first was in Deep Impact (1998).
  • In Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Morgan Freeman portrayed the Speaker of the House, and in London Has Fallen (2016), he became Vice President. In between the second film and this one, his character has been elected as President of the United States. This marks the second time of Freeman as President, after he played President Tom Beck in Deep Impact (1998).
  • All three films in the series have been distributed by different studios. FilmDistrict distributed Olympus Has Fallen (2013); Gramercy distributed London Has Fallen (2016); and Lionsgate distributed Angel Has Fallen.
  • Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are the only two actors reprising their roles for this installment. Thus, being the only two actors to appear in all three "Has Fallen" movies.
  • Like with Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016), Morgan Freeman has openly admitted in interviews that he did this movie mainly for the money. As he explained for the previous two: "Money. It's the third in a series it pays better than the first one. I get to play the president again, I'm in a successful series, I'm working with a guy I really admire and like. It's perfect." When asked whether he still felt "fire in his belly" with regard to acting, he said: "I enjoy it, I still enjoy it. I love making movies, but it's more like smouldering embers now."
  • Nick Nolte played the role of an Ex-Vietnam War veteran in this movie. In real life, he never had a chance to go to Vietnam war due to a felony case years before. However, he felt incomplete for not being able to do so since at that time, he felt obligated to fight in Vietnam War as a young man.
  • Nick Nolte and Tim Blake Nelson have both appeared in different movies about the Incredible Hulk, they also appeared in The Thin Red Line (1998).
  • When Mike Banning is seeing the neurologist, he has given a false name ; Mr Jameson. It is later revealed that Jameson is Mike's middle name.
  • In this movie, Nick Nolte plays a Vietnam veteran who struggled with PTSD after the war. In Tropic Thunder (2008), he plays a writer who faked his military service in Vietnam, whose book is the basis for the movie being filmed. When he admits to his fraud, he is derided as "the Milli Vanilli of patriots."
  • Had almost half the production budget of Olympus Has Fallen (2013) (70 million) with a substantially smaller 40 million.
  • Reportedly, there were no plans to have Aaron Eckhart return and play the role of the president, as the first two films are set over the course of seven years and the maximum time for a U.S. president is two terms (exactly eight years, unless the person becomes president in the last two years of the term). So Morgan Freeman took over the role instead.
  • Danny Huston had replaced actor Holt McCallany.
  • The portrayal of VP Kirby resembles facially to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had produced several major movies before his White House role.
  • Nick Nolte also played a Vietnam veteran in Who'll Stop the Rain (1978).
  • The President wears a hat with the University of Mississippi logo (solo red capital M). In real life Morgan Freeman owns a residence in Mississippi within an hour of the University's campus (Ole Miss, Oxford).
  • In this movie, the Vice President speaks of Russia tampering with the US election, though this movie gives no time-frame for Donald Trump (US President 2017-present) being in office.
  • Was often called the most 'effortless' installment of the franchise, some critics even compared it with the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
  • In a recent interview with Gerard Butler, he stated that the franchise might get as many as three more installments.

Spoilers

  • Wilhelm Scream: Heard during the second explosion detonated by Clay Banning as he and Mike are escaping the mountain retreat, shortly after meeting up.
  • This is the second time a character played by Danny Huston gets wounded, and slowly bleeds to death while sitting down and holding a final conversation. In the 2005 movie The Proposition (2005) the character Danny Huston (played by Huston) gets shot in the stomach by Guy Pearce (played by Guy Pearce near the end of the film. He then walks out to sit down and bleed to death while having one last conversation with his brother. He dies sitting in an upright position. In Angel has Fallen he gets stabbed in the left armpit at the end of the movie. He gives up the fight and sits down, having a final conversation while slowly bleeding to death. Here he also dies sitting in an upright position.
  • This is actually the third time a character played by Danny Huston is mortally wounded and dies in front of the camera. The first time was in The Proposition (2005) when a character played by Guy Pearce mortally wounds Huston, and he dies, slowly in front of the camera. The second time is in Edge of Darkness (2010). A character played by Mel Gibson shoots a character played by Danny Huston (Huston had Gibson's daughter killed by irradiation) in the stomach, which wounds him; then Gibson pours a bottle of heavily irradiated milk into Huston's mouth; finally, Gibson tells him "You know you deserve this" and shoots Huston in the neck. He bleeds to death in front of the camera. The third time is in this film.
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