The 1999 science fiction film, The Matrix, makes audiences question their own reality. Written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, Lana and Lily. The film follows Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he is awakened to the reality of mankind. Laurence Fishburne, as Morpheus, offers Neo the iconic “red pill or blue pill” to either reveal the truth about The Matrix or go back to his normal life. Neo chooses the red pill and awakens to a world unlike anything he imagined. The film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. With two successful sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Matrix was the first of a trilogy of pop culture staples. As of writing, a fourth film, The Matrix Resurrections, is to be released in 2021. Check out The Matrix screen facts below.
Stunt Coordinator Did Not Want to Work on the Film
The Wachowski siblings wanted world-renowned stunt coordinator Woo-Ping Yuen. He did not want to work on the project. Instead of declining, he requested a huge fee he believed would be refused. But the directors agreed to the fees. To get out of the job, Yuen made two more requests. These were: he was allowed to completely design the fight scenes and the actors be available and required to train for four months prior to filming. The Wachowski siblings agreed and got their dream stunt coordinator.
Screen Colors Have Meaning
A creative choice was to make every scene in The Matrix have a green tint. This was done to replicate the feeling of computer monitors. But every scene that took place in the real-world had a blue tint. The director’s believe blue was more of a real-world color. In the scene Morpheus trains Neo, they are in a computer simulator that is separate from the Matrix. For this reason, this scene has its own unique color tint, yellow.
The Initial Budget Was Risked on One Scene
The Matrix was only the Wachowski siblings’ second film as directors. There are rumors the studio did not want them to direct. The gossip further suggests the Wachowski’s made their 1996 directorial debut, Bound, only to prove to the studio they could direct effectively. The siblings deny this. When the directors pitched The Matrix, they requested an $80 million budget. The studio gave them $10 million. To get more money, the directors used the entire $10 million on the opening scene with Trinity. Their risky behavior worked as Warner Bros. gave them the rest of what they requested.
A Long List of Almost Cast
Will Smith and Nicholas Cage were approached for the role of Neo. Both turned it down for other projects. Sandra Bullock was offered the role of Trinity but turned it down because she didn’t want to work with who she believed would be cast as Neo, Will Smith. Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson were considered for the role of Morpheus. The success of the film shows the directors managed to get an A-list cast together, regardless of turned down offers.
An iconic choice of the movie is the sunglasses each character wears. Blinde, Ray Bans, and Arnette all optioned to design character specific sunglasses. Blinde got the job and created sunglasses for each character inspired by their names. These sunglasses went on sale to the public when the follow-up films were released.