A day in hell: A shoot worthy of the Book of Records!

A day in hell: A shoot worthy of the Book of Records!

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After crystal trap in Los Angeles and 58 Minutes to Live in Washington, Bruce Willisaka Inspector John McClane, finds himself in New York battling Simon Peter Gruber (Jeremy Irons), a dangerous terrorist, in A day in hell. The third star of the film is the city itself, a huge amusement park unlike any other. For two and a half months, the megalopolis will serve as a playground for Willis and John McTiernan, the director. As there has been no filming in the Big Apple for 7 years, the town hall is accommodating and grants complete freedom to the team. Result: a shoot worthy of the record books. A look back at the extraordinary filming of this Hollywood production full of stunts, explosions and other car chases.

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The biggest explosion ever filmed
Opening scene of the film: a bomb devastates the city's largest store, the equivalent of Galeries Lafayette in Paris, several vehicles fly through the air. To avoid any damage, the explosion is meticulously prepared. Two weeks earlier, the premises were evacuated while the bombers set their explosives, installed giant jacks to lift the cars and replaced the glass windows with surfaces… made of sugar which shattered spectacularly without risk of injury. On the big day, no less than seven cameras are installed to record the scene – impossible to reverse – from all angles. All the surrounding streets are blocked. Only local TVs and paparazzi attend the event.

Riot averted in Harlem
Bruce Willis must play sandwich men in the black neighborhood decked out with a sign proclaiming “I hate niggers”. If director John McTiernan placed his cameras in the heart of Harlem, he wanted to not put his actor at any risk: the panel is blank. The phrase will be added digitally in post-production.

Car chase in Central Park
At the wheel of a taxi, McClane zigzags at high speed through the paths and lawns of Central Park. For this scene, which required evacuating the public garden, all the cyclists, joggers and skaters are stuntmen. The pilot is not Bruce Willis, but a stuntman installed in the back, off-camera.

The biggest street closure of all time
To film McClane's chase as closely as possible, the director used a helicopter operating at low altitude. A high-risk sequence for the population. Several blocks had to be evacuated between 42nd and 57th streets, nearly 2 km apart.

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