June 19, 2013
Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock
police officers! We're not trained to handle this kind of violence!"
Demolition Man is one of the quirkiest little hybrids
of comedy and action that you are ever going to see in your
And it is famous for being one of those movies that was HUGE
it originally came out, but was completely forgotten by
everyone about five years later. I have no idea why
happened, but it did. It just sort of disappeared from
radar at some point in the late 90's. And that's a shame.
Because if you asked me to name my top 20 science fiction
or my top 20 action movies, or heck, even my top 20 funniest movies of
the 90's, I would probably include Demolition Man on all three of those
John Spartan, you, sir, are a brute.
Demolition Man is the story of a bad ass cop from the 90's named John
Naturally, because this is a Sylvester Stallone movie, he is played by
And like in most Sylvester Stallone movies, he is absolutely ripped
peers in the Los Angeles Police Department like to refer to
him as "The
Demolition Man." Why? Well because he is easily the
mother in the entire department. And because he
catches the bad guy. Oh, and because he is notorious for
destroying buildings and taking down entire city blocks just to catch a
Basically, John Spartan is an uncontrollable,
unstoppable force of nature. And it is lucky that he is one
the good guys.
wears Beast Aftershave; smeels mainly
so one day John Spartan is going around L.A., kicking the shit out of
bad guys, blowing up buildings, just doing what he does. And
runs into a criminal who is basically his equal. He runs into
notorious sociopathic murderer Simon Phoenix.
Played by Wesley Snipes
I said, Simon Phoenix is basically the evil equivalent of John Spartan.
He likes to kill people. He likes to blow up
He knows martial arts and he is unbeatable in a fight.
is a wild animal. He is well known to the police of Los
and he has been wreaking havoc all over town.
Well, one day John Spartan catches up with Simon Phoenix, and the two
super powers square off.
bust you up
Go for it
expected, John Spartan defeats Simon Phoenix and he hauls him off to
jail. But a bunch of hostages
die in the process (whoopsies) and Spartan is blamed for their deaths.
hauled right off to jail along with the bad guy.
I am the law.
Yeah, we really need to talk about that.
and Phoenix are both considered to be highly dangerous,
uncontrollable, and they are both considered to be a menace to society,
they are both given a special type of prison sentence. Rather
than go to jail like everyone else, and be liable to one day get out or
escape, a judge decides to make an example out of them and
cryogenically freeze them. They are to be frozen in a block
ice for the next 75 years. And at some point along the way,
brains are going to be genetically modified to make them both docile.
So when they are
unfrozen nearly a century from now, they will both be less violent.
John Spartan being cryogenically frozen
so far so good. By the way, keep in mind that is only the
ten minutes of the movie. We really haven't even gotten to
good stuff yet.
Like the seashells. More on them later.
Okay, so here we go.
the next forty years, while the main characters are frozen in ice, bad
things happen to America. Earthquakes happen.
happen. People die. Cities crumble.
entire world that John Spartan and Simon Phoenix knew in the 20th
century has changed and has been replaced.
We cut forward to the future. It is now the year 2032.
Spartan and Simon Phoenix have both been frozen in ice for the past
And America has at some point basically become a giant Utopian pussy
Where the toughest cop on the force is now Rob Schneider
1993 and 2032, everything has been outlawed in America.
You aren't allowed to do anything anymore.
Eat meat? Nope, not anymore. Now eating meat is a
felony. In fact eating anything unhealthy is a felony.
profanity? Nope. Now you are fined one credit every
utter a swear word, or you "break the verbal morality statute."
This rule is strictly enforced.
Drink coffee? Nope. It has been outlawed because it
contains caffeine. And caffeine consumption is a felony.
also aren't allowed to drive fast, drink alcohol, have physical contact
with another person, own a weapon, play a game that is not educational,
or be in a
bad mood. And as
far as having sex? Forget it. All exchange of
is strictly against the law in this 2030's Utopia. The only
people are allowed to reproduce anymore is by using a virtual reality
The cops of the future don't even carry guns anymore, they are only
allowed to have glow sticks
Yes, police in the year 2032 haven't seen a murder in over 20
They haven't even seen a violent crime in over 20 years.
And why would they? They live in a perfect
They live in a world made up of happiness and rainbows and sunshine.
Where nobody ever breaks the law. Where self esteem
machines will tell you you are a joy-joy person who brings happiness to
others and will gladly put a
smile on your face if you are having a bad day.
Violent crime? Guns? Robbery?
Bah, those sort of things were soooo twenty years ago.
Oh, and then one day a sociopath escapes
day during a prison transfer at the San Angeles prison, Simon Phoenix
is accidentally defrosted and he escapes. Yes, the most
criminal of the 20th century in unleashed into pussy Utopian San
Into a world without violence.
And, well, to say that the cops in 2032 are not prepared to deal with a
criminal of this magnitude? Well that is an understatement.
Mellow greetings, citizen. What seems to be your
Fuck you. *death punch*
Phoenix escapes and he goes on a rampage. And he kills
approximately infinity police officers.
Holy shit, are these motherfuckers carrying glow sticks??
the San Angeles police watch this rampage unfold and they don't know
what to do about it. Wait, what?
Senseless violence? Refusal to submit to
I thought we outlawed all of this!
The criminals aren't supposed to be doing this anymore!
The King of San Angeles
a desperate move, the police of 2032 go back to their headquarters and
they try to brainstorm. They think, how on Earth
going to stop this animal? How can we fight a man who uses
violence when it is illegal for us to use violence?
Hi, I like killing people
And that is when they come up with an idea.
of the cops (who is old, and who remembers the 90's) suddenly realizes,
"Hey, we could unfreeze John Spartan! Remember that animal?
We could unfreeze him,
HE can stop the bad guy! We can send an animal to catch an
And that is exactly what they do
And really, that is your movie.
Spartan is unfrozen for the sole purpose of defeating and recapturing
Simon Phoenix. And he has to do it while living in a society
where basically everything he does and everything he is used to has
officially been outlawed.
And watching him interact with this futuristic pansy world is what
makes this movie so funny.
I am the law
are not the law
Random Machine in the
*buzz* John Spartan, you
have been fined one credit for violation of the Verbal Morality Statute
though Demolition Man looks like an action movie, it really isn't.
I mean, the elements of an action movie are there.
there are certainly some good action scenes in there. But
about it, this is mostly a comedy. 75% of the movie is John
Spartan being dumbfounded that America is made up of a bunch of pussies
now and he isn't allowed to do anything. And then every
time he talks, he is constantly being nailed for a Verbal Morality
Violation by some random machine hanging on the wall in the background.
question, that is one of my favorite running gags of any movie of the
John Spartan receiving yet another Verbal Morality fine
of months ago, I decided that I was going to show my wife Demolition
Man. Out of the blue, with no warning whatsoever, I told her
was bringing home a Sylvester Stallone action movie and she was going
Well my wife hates action movies. She
hates all action movies. She is also a female.
when she heard "Sylvester Stallone" and "action movie from the 90's"
she did not receive my comment with much enthusiasm.
just rolled her eyes and said "Oh great."
"No," I said, "Trust me. This one is different.
This one is goofier than you would expect."
I said, it also stars Sandra Bullock in one of her very first movies
my wife sat down and she gave Demolition Man a chance. God
her heart, she gave a random Sylvester Stallone action movie
1993 a chance. Trust me, these types of deals were not
in the pre-nup.
And do you know what?
She liked it!
wife turned to me about halfway through the movie, right after yet
another misunderstanding about how John Spartan can't figure out the
logistics of how to wipe his ass in the future, and she said "This
movie is goofy."
Why yes. Yes it is. This movie is goofy.
That is exactly why I wanted to write about it on my 200 Movies That
Deserve More Love countdown.
Lt. Lenina Huxley, scene stealer
Demolition Man a great movie? Of course not. If it
great movie you would hear people talk about it all the time.
mean, simple logic says it can't be a great movie because it is a
Sylvester Stallone movie.
However, it is a really FUN movie.
And in many ways that is actually better than a great movie.
Because with a fun movie you can just pop it in every ten
or so and you have forgotten how much fun it is. And then
feels like you are the first person to just randomly discover something.
In short, here are the five things that are really fun about Demolition
1. Wesley Snipes
- Wesley Snipes has long been one of my favorite underrated actors (see
White Man Can't Jump, or Major League.) And in Demolition Man
his role is so
the top and ridiculous that he just has fun with it.
He plays Simon Phoenix so broad and so goofy that
help but appreciate him. It is clear that at no point at any
in this movie is Wesley Snipes ever actually taking things seriously.
Also, he looks like circa 1990 Dennis Rodman
2. Sandra Bullock
A lot of people are tired of the Sandra Bullock shtick nowadays, but
in 1993 she was just some random young actress who was cute and who was
charming, and who was just waiting for her big break so she could make
it big. And, well, Demolition Man was that big break.
Actually no, Speed was her REALLY big break, that came about
months later. But Demolition Man was her first hit movie.
And as I said in my caption above, she steals nearly every
scene she is in.
All you have to do is watch Demolition Man
for about thirty minutes. And you will think, yep this girl
destined to one day be a movie star.
Alright, let's go blow this guy (away)
3. Taco Bell and The
- Okay this is one of the funnier things about Demolition Man.
You see, this movie was made in 1993. And when it
one of the things the filmmakers tried to do was come up
most outlandish version of the future they could possibly think of.
They tried to come up with a version of 2032 that was so
and so ridiculous that it was unlikely that it could never possibly
And what is hilarious is
that two of things they "predicted" in the movie actually came true.
of the funnier running jokes in the movie is how there are no more
restaurants in the year 2032. The only place to eat in the
2032 is Taco Bell. Why? Well because Taco Bell "won
franchise wars of the early 2000's" and because "every restaurant is
now Taco Bell." This is referenced at least 82,000 times
throughout the course of the movie. In fact it is referenced
many times in the movie that Taco Bell actually built an entire ad
Demolition Man back in 1993. All of their commercials that
fall and winter
repeated the line from the movie "In the future, every restaurant will
be Taco Bell!"
guess what? A few years ago, in real life, Taco Bell took
and bought out KFC and Pizza Hut. Which means that a good
of the places people eat these days ARE Taco Bell.
In a very real sense, Taco Bell is well on their way to
winning the franchise
wars. People sure would have laughed if you had
back in 1993 though.
Bow down to your Orwellian overlord
As for the Schwarzenegger Presidential Library, well let's just
say that one of the other running jokes in the movie is that bad things
happened to America during the reign of President Schwarzenegger.
To which Sylvester Stallone incredulously replies, "Woah,
guy was PRESIDENT?"
First off, the reason this joke is in the
movie is because Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone used to
always take digs at one another in their movies. In the movie
Twins, Arnold scoffs and laughs when he sees a poster of Rambo on a
In Last Action Hero there is a running joke about how
Stallone was the original actor who was supposed to be the Terminator.
So this is
new. Sly and Arnie used to take playful digs at one another
However, in 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger was most
definitely not involved in politics. He was nowhere near
politics. He was just some big dumb action star who was
to a Kennedy. So to have a joke about him becoming
and then in real life, fifteen years later, people are debating
changing the constitution so he CAN become President... well that is
pretty amusing in retrospect.
I can guarantee you though. In 1993, nobody ever thought that
this guy could be President.
4. The soundtrack
- One of the things I love about movies from around 1990-1994 is that
they always have that early 90's hip hop soundtrack. Every
movie or TV show in America that wanted to be "cool" or have
"street cred" with the kids at that time would inevitably put
hip hop music just so they could fit in with everything else that was
big in pop culture in the early 90's. Hey kids, like In
Love MC Hammer music? Did you like White Men Can't
Well here in the future in San Angeles, look, they also have
hip hop music!
Yes, there is no better way to identify when
a movie was made than to listen to the soundtrack. Half of
Demolition Man sounds like it was a sketch on In Living Color.
is all just scratchy hip hop music. It just totally gives
that this movie could only have been made in the early 90's.
The costumes give it away too
5. The Three Seashells -
And finally, we end with the single best running joke in the
movie. Yes, even better than the running gag of people
being nailed for committing a Verbal Morality Violation.
There is no way
can talk about Demolition Man without mentioning the three seashells.
What exactly are the three seashells?
in the future, let's just say that people don't use toilet paper
anymore. Nope. Toilet paper has long since been
America, because it is crude, because it is messy, and because it is
barbaric. Toilet paper in the year 2032 is seen as little
more than a
thing that people used because they didn't know any better back in the
olden days. It would be like people today looking at a cotton
In the year 2032, when you have to wipe your ass,
you are expected to be much more civilized and sanitary about it.
When you are done in a public restroom in the future, you
are supposed to use the three seashells.
What every bathroom in the future will look like
Now here is why this is one of my favorite running jokes in movie
love the three seashells in Demolition Man because at no point in the
movie DO THEY ACTUALLY EXPLAIN HOW TO USE THEM. The whole
is just people laughing and mocking John Spartan because he can't
figure out what they do. And this is a subplot that turns up
more than once in
Again, there is no way you can talk about Demolition Man
and not mention the seashells. That is what everyone
Any time I find somebody who knows and loves this movie
rare), that is one of the first two things that will come up when we
start talking about it.
will start talking about the movie, and one of us will inevitably drop
some reference to breaking the verbal morality statute.
And then at some point one of you will openly wonder how the three
Demolition Man might not ever be remembered for much. But it
will always have the seashell legacy.
This is why the internet is great. I found an FYI that
explains how the seashells work.
the end, Demolition Man is not a great movie. It starts off
strong, and it is an amazing comedy/sci fi parody for about 90 minutes.
But then it kind of falls apart as it starts to take itself
seriously. By the end it is just like any other old action
But man, those first 90 minutes are pretty awesome.
This is one of those movies that should have been remembered
more fondly than it actually was. Like I said, it was a big
for a couple of months in the fall of 1993, and then people just
completely forgot about it. Like they do with most Stallone
action movies. Which is a shame, because this one is so much
better than the rest of them.
Again, all I can say about Demolition Man is
that my wife wanted no part of it at first. She wanted
no part of a random Sylvester Stallone action movie from the 90's that
she had never heard of or seen before. But I got her
and give it a chance, and she said that she liked it. That's
pretty high praise for a woman with a black heart who thinks that the
Rocky movies are terrible.
Give Demolition Man a chance. It
might not look like your type of movie on paper, but just
wife, you will probably enjoy it. Trust me, ignore the
Ignore the marketing. Ignore the fact that it is a
movie. You'll like it. It's goofy.
Look who just figured out the seashells
Quick story. Demolition Man was the very first
movie I ever saw in a theater
after I moved to California in 1993. And I will always
that because of a funny incident that happened at the theater that
went to Demolition Man on opening night in 1993 with a bunch of friends
from mine from college. I wasn't really expecting much from
it, it wasn't like I was a big Sylvester Stallone fan or
went because my friends were going and because it was a big
movie. And because opening nights at big event movies are
exciting. It helped that I was an 18 year old college
and 18 year old college students really don't have a whole
lot to do.
anyway, we get to the theater that night, and we are waiting in this
big long line to
get in, and the manager of the theater comes around and he starts
passing around a survey for everyone in line to fill out. I
got one, and I looked at it strangely, because I had never seen
anything like this before. "Focus Study"? Huh?
What the heck is a focus study?
It turns out that, to the movie studios, movie premiere nights are way
more important in California than they are in other states.
Because, you know, we are geographically closer to Hollywood.
we get to be a part of all these marketing surveys because we can give
the studios instant feedback. This is why I had never seen an
opening night focus study before. In Seattle, the studios
don't give a shit why you go to the movies. But in
California, for big event movies such as this one, they
So I took the survey and I read through all of the questions.
It was basically a "Why did you come to see
Demolition Man tonight?" questionnaire. Although if you read
through the questions carefully, what they were really asking was "What
do you think about Sandra Bullock?" Most of the questions on
the survey were interested if her name in the credits made any
difference whether or not you came to see the movie tonight.
If you know your movie terminology, what they were
doing was taking a young up-and-coming movie star, and they were trying
to figure out her Q-Score.
Well I had never heard of Sandra Bullock before. Shit, nobody
I knew had ever heard of her. Who the fuck is Sandra Bullock?
So as a joke I answered every question on the survey as if
she was the only reason I was here to see Demolition Man tonight.
I answered the survey as if I had never heard of Sylvester
Stallone or Wesley Snipes, and that I didn't own a TV or a radio so I
didn't hear any commercials about the movie. I said I was
only here because I loved Sandra Bullock movies and because I had been
watching them since I was a child. Ha ha, I remember
thinking. I'm a smart-ass teenager and I am going to ruin
their stupid survey. Serves them right for asking me about an
actress that nobody has ever heard of before. I am going to skew your
results by making it look like I am a huge fan of an actress who nobody
will ever hear from again.
Flash forward six months, and Speed comes out in theaters.
And Sandra Bullock is suddenly the biggest actress in
Uh, let's just say I didn't really see that one coming.
I made you famous, Wildcat
favorite IMDB user reviews about Demolition Man:
Why the hate? - 6 June
not sure at all why people hate on this movie. In my opinion, it
bridges a gap between mindless action movie and satire, and the result
is pure gold.
Im not going to write this like a review "Stallone
plays John Spartan etc" because you KNOW that. Id rather comment on the
movie as it was made.
This movie halfway pokes fun at a 1984
style future, and halfway takes it seriously. And most movies that try
to split things down the middle fail on both fronts, well as I see it
this one pulls it right off and makes it great. The laughs in the movie
don't come from "ha-ha" gags, but rather from biting satire and eerily
prescient predictions. Tracking chips, omniprescent surveillance,
making cigarettes illegal? Maybe we aren't there yet, but its been
heading that way for a long time. It takes a lot to make an audience
laugh at a ridiculous setup, then right after the laugh make them think
"Wait... That could easily happen!"
The thing that I appreciate
most about this movie is the fact that it doesn't forget its own gags.
Most other movies, the first time a character was fined for the "Verbal
morality statute", the movie would drop the gag, skipping the alarm
tone and accusing voice. In this movie, every time someone swears in
public within voice distance of whatever it is that "hears" them swear,
in the background you hear the gag played out. This transforms it from
a joke to a "Holy crap, that would suck" type of mindset, and it works!
thats what I mean. This movie more than most others that I could name
merges satire and a dystopian look with lighthearted gags and
"mindless" action scenes. Thats hard to do, and more people should give
the writers and director and crew credit for sewing it together and
making it play.
One of the few action movies that I watch every
time I catch it playing on my TV box, it works that well, and the gags
still make you laugh. After all, absurdity is a very real way to
highlight and satirize elements of society. It sticks with you longer
Witty Sci-Fi Actioner
- 22 June 2007
movie comes close to having everything I want in an action flick. Great
fight sequences - the museum is a standout - are only the beginning.
The chemistry between Stallone and Snipes makes every interplay between
the two characters a mix of humour and excitement. But, fifteen years
after release, it is the futuristic elements of this movie that make it
a standout. The outlawing of dangerous or unhealthy activities, the
fines meted out for swearing ("you have been fined 5 credits for a
sotto voce violation of the verbal morality code..."), the relentless
pushing of the peace and tranquility message - many of these jokes have
cleverly anticipated trends which are taking place in today's society.
Every time I read about a government banning trans-fats, all I can
think about is John Spartan chowing down on his "hamburger" with such
relish. Whether by accident or design, this movie portrayed many future
trends with eerie prescience. Can the Schwartzeneggar Presidential
Library be far behind?
Perfect blend of action
and comedy - 6 March 2009
Man is a movie that I love, but some others seem to have mixed feelings
about. The main complaint I've seen is that people ask whether this is
comedy or action. It is both. I think it is the perfect blend of action
and comedy. You get great action, funny one-liners, more action, and
more jokes. The comedy doesn't outweigh the action, and to me that is
good. Its not impossible to have 2 genres in a movie. The Tremors
series was horror/comedy. This is a good Action/Comedy. I love the
action in this movie, it is top notch. Wesley Snipes was on top of
things. He sold this movie for me and played the role of Simon Phoenix
to perfection. Stallone is of course great as the good action hero. No
complaints about any performance. The music is good as well. My only
complaint is that it the movie is a touch long, but when I watch it I
don't notice it.
"They'll let anybody into
this century!" - 23 April 2010
Sly and Wesley Snipes wind up in 2030 after destroying everything in
their path in the 90's. As respectively, a disgraced violent cop and a
psychotic crook, they awake from 40 year cryogenic napping to find a
world of docile sheep, and start to wreck everything once again.
"They'll let anybody into this century!" Snipes says, as he and Rambo
open fire at each other and everything else.
An early appearance by Sandra Bullock as a cop/90's history buff who
has a romanticized Old West perception of the 90's plays the
love-interest. It features some great culture satire bits a la Sleeper,
as stuff like corny commercial jingles are sent up for satire. Look for
an envisioned 2030 (prophecied by tongue-in-cheek), which has about as
much chance of being fulfilled as a used-car dealer's promises. That
is, except for the humorously accurate prediction about Sly's long time
The cast are hilarious; the comedy, sci-fi, and /cops'n'robbers steroid
action are blended together for a great ride.
Mind-numbingly fun - 2
It's always nice to see an action-film which doesn't take itself too
seriously. Demolition Man, in a way, is almost a parody of a cheesy
action movie. The movie's depiction of a future-society works as a bit
of an intelligent exercise while the silly pop-culture references keep
the film with a firmly tongue-in-cheek mood.
Wesley Snipes provides a worthy foe for Stallone. Even though he comes
off from time to time as a gag-villain, he provides an almost
comic-book dynamic to the film which is what makes the movie so
Undoubtedly at times the movie seems to degenerate more into parody and
at the end it's difficult to decide if the movie's comical direction
was necessarily a good move. At times it feels there's almost too much
camp to bear. For this the movie may be a turn off for some, but for
lovers of cheesy action comedy Demolition Man is a real treat.
A delightfully successful
action/comedy - 11 December 2006
Demolition Man was a childhood favorite of mine. In fact, I distinctly
remember seeing this in the theater at 9 years old, my first theater
going R-rated film experience. I loved it then, and like too few
childhood favorites, I've just kept on loving it.
I appreciate Demolition Man for different reasons now. As a child, I
loved the action and it's still great today. The action of this film
actually feels very fresh now as this was made before CG became the
industry standard. I love CG as much as anybody, but I'll always have a
soft spot for just plain old gritty stunt work and this film has top
notch stunt work.
One of the aspects that's continued to amuse me (and reveal itself to
me as I've grown old enough to comprehend) is the humor and the sharp
satirical edge. This is an action film that actually has a brain in its
head and has something to say. The satirical element doesn't feel like
a tacked on hanger for action scenes, and the two aesthetics are pretty
affectively blended into one another such as in the museum scene.
Despite some small nit picky elements (like the 1996 LA in the opening)
this film does not feel dated at all. Its take on censorship and free
will feels as relevant now as it did 13 years ago (honestly, that's not
that long, of course). Popular music seems to be inching closer and
closer to the 30 second commercial sound bites of this film's future.
I'd say this is easily one of Stallone's best performances (though
Rocky will probably always be his crowning achievement). Comedy is a
tough and a frequently under appreciated acting talent and Stallone
pulls it off here. He doesn't play it like he's in on the joke which
makes it all the more effective. Snipes obviously had a blast as Simon
Pheonix, chewing the scenery, and busting out some very impressive
kung-fu. If there's a character who's in on the joke it's this one.
Bullock is endearing in her awkward attempts at impressing Spartan with
her shaky hold on action movie lingo.
Demolition Man is a real comfort movie. I can put this film on any
time, no matter what my mood is, and it puts a big smile on my face and
sometimes, that's exactly what everyone needs from time to time.
favorite trivia about Demolition Man:
Bullock replaced Lori Petty after a few days filming.
* Sylvester Stallone wanted the Simon Phoenix character to be played by
Jackie Chan. Chan refused, since Asian audiences don't like the idea of
actors who have always played heroes suddenly playing evil characters.
* For some non-American releases, references to Taco Bell were changed
to Pizza Hut. This includes dubbing, plus changing the logos during
post-production. Taco Bell remains in the closing credits. In both the
Dutch and Swedish releases the subtitles still use Taco Bell while the
sound and picture have been altered as above.
* Wesley Snipes's kicks and punches sometimes look lurchy and awkward.
Snipes is a black belt in real life, and his kicks and punches were so
fast that they blurred on camera. Hence the producers asked him to slow
* Lenina Huxley tells John Spartan about the Arnold Schwarzenegger
Presidential Library, explaining that, based on the sheer popularity of
his movies, a Constitutional amendment was passed in order for
Schwarzenegger to run for president, which, according to Huxley, he
did. In 2003, ten years after this film's release, Arnold
Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California and shortly after his
election, three senators separately proposed amendments to the US
Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to become president.
* The two original choices for the roles were Steven Seagal and
Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme was offered the role of the bad guy,
but didn't want that role. He agreed to star in it if both the lead
roles could be switched, the producers tried to get Seagal to play the
bad guy, he declined.
* In an early scene, set after the first MDK (Murder Death Kill), the
name Scott Peterson is listed as one of the cryo-prisoners. The name
appears listed before Simon Phoenix on a computer display, which the
character Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) has called to the screen. This
is merely a coincidence, however, as Scott Peterson was not a public
figure until he was tried for the murder of his wife during 2004-2005.
* Though the movie was released in 1993, Simon Phoenix and John Spartan
were supposed to have been imprisoned in the cryo-prison in 1996. In
the scene where Wesley Snipes' character Simon Phoenix is releasing the
other cryo-prisoners, he makes a reference to serial killer Jeffrey
Dahmer. Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994, after the film's release
but before the cryo-prison would have been built. During TV replays,
the Dahmer references were edited out because they seemed
* Sylvester Stallone has stated, in interviews, that the idea behind
the three seashells was that two were used like chopsticks or to clamp
together to pull waste out of the body and the third was used to scrape
what was left over. No explanation was made about how they were to be
cleaned or sanitized between uses.
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