Here are some behind the scenes facts about “The Matrix” movie that are not familiar to everybody. Apparently, the project had lots of close calls along the way and could never have been released. But, happily, it got through each and every one of them for us to enjoy it.
At first, Warner Bros. refused to give the Wachowskis an $80 million budget and would only part with $10 million. Filming Trinity's escape scene used up all of that money, but the result was enough to convince the studio to give the Wachowskis the budget they wanted.
The line reads "Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of The Matrix."
Gloria Foster died before she could finish the series, but this history led the casting director to choose Mary Alice as her replacement.
This is because they had to fly it through restricted airspace over Sydney, Australia. In order for filming to continue, the state government had to change its laws.
The fight featured four completely computer-generated sequences that used absolutely no live action stunt work. Since we're used to more sophisticated CGI nowadays, it's pretty easy to tell when they come in.
This move happens at the start of his training fight with Morpheus and was improvised by Keanu Reeves.
The casting department called for actors who had the same build and his head was superimposed over theirs.
Neo finds himself stuck at the Mobil Ave station in Matrix Revolutions. You could also say he's stuck in Limbo, since that's what you get when you switch the letters of "Mobil" around.
On the first day of filming, Hugo Weaving found out he had a polyp on his leg and needed surgery. Fortunately, his fight scenes were rescheduled to the end of the shoot and he was able to recover in time.
While training for wire stunts, Carrie-Anne Moss broke her leg, Laurence Fishburne fractured his arm and Hugo Weaving slipped a disc in his neck.
It's supposed to subtly show how unstable the Matrix is becoming, but it can be tough to notice unless you're seeing the movie on IMAX or in a larger theater.
If a scene takes place in the Matrix, it has a green tint. If it takes place in the real world, it has a blue tint. Since the kung fu training fight scene between Neo and Morpheus doesn't fit either "world," it has a yellow tint.