THE star of the feature film Crystal Trap is obviously Bruce Willis, who plays the cult for the first time on the screen. John McClane. But one of the most important “characters” in this action classic that aired last night on M6 is also the Nakatomi Plaza, this “crystal trap” in which the hero finds himself locked up, battling a commando led by the terrible Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Focus on one of the most famous buildings on the big screen.
At 150 meters high, consisting of 34 floors, the Nakatomi Plaza is an impressive tower that really exists, but not by that name. The building in question, located, as in the film, in Los Angeles, is actually the Fox Plaza, a post-modern architecture skyscraper belonging to the Irvine Company, based in the Century City district, and whose construction was completed in 1987. If the top floor of Fox Plaza once housed the offices of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, it now houses those of 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox).
The impressive Fox Plaza was not fully completed during the filming of Crystal Trap, which did not prevent the shots: the Fox studios, which financed the construction of the tower and had allowed filming on site two months, have in fact requisitioned floors still under construction to film several scenes, as noted the Variety website. A scale model of the imposing building was also used for the final sequence of the film, which sees the upper floors go up in smoke.
If the Naka … sorry, the Fox Plaza is especially famous for having served as a majestic setting for the Crystal Trap, it was also used for other productions, including (and logically) Fox films. It is thus the main set of the comedy Radio rebels, appears in Lethal Weapon 2 and is one of the buildings destroyed in the famous final scene of Fight Club. Finally, note that it is also mentioned in the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with an episode of the fifth season which sees Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a big fan of Crystal Trap, forcing his colleagues to visit the skyscraper.
Have you noticed the little hidden details of “Crystal Trap”?