05/31: "Die Hard" Writer Steven E. de Souza!


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This episode is for basically anyone who loves movies! Steven E. de Souza did not just write Die Hard, he also wrote classics like Commando, Running Man, and 48 Hours among others. We of course ask Steven about the Christmas aspect of Die Hard, but also much more about the movie, writing for big action stars, the origin of "Yippee ki yay ..." and more. We hear great stories from the sets of these classic action flicks, get unique perspectives from Steven and even learn a lot about writing in the process!
Topics discussed include ...-Why Steven says Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie (1:50)-If Steven recognized it was a Christmas movie as he was writing it (9:20)-The "mistake" Steven made while writing Die Hard (10:15)-The origin of "Yippee ki yay" (11:20)-Is Die Hard 2 a Christmas movie? (14:30)-Steven's take on Game of Thrones and what the GoT scripts say about Dany's turn (16:30)-An "emotional jump" in writing (18:10)-Writing for top action stars including David Hasselhoff! (22:20)-Schwarzenegger! (25:30)-Stallone! And why some actors weren't interested in the John McClane role (29:30)-What Steven's kid said to him after seeing Die Hard for the first time (31:00)-Meeting Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte before 48 Hours (31:40)-Writing Street Fighter (33:00)-Denzel! (35:00)-Why he had to remove jokes from Beverly Hills Cop 3 (38:00)-A final thought on the legacy of Die Hard (40:00)
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