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Action Movie Fan Theories That Change Everything  

Zack Howe
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Theories about action movies may range from the absurd to the surprisingly viable, but they all share one thing: They're fun as hell. Believe it or not, there is actually a theory that puts the Die Hard movies in the same universe as the Pixar movies. And that might not even be the craziest one! From James Bond to The Matrix to Schwarzenegger to Jackie Chan, theories abound for virtually every action star, superhero, and franchise.

While the more believable action movie fan theories can be fascinating, the unbelievable ones are generally pretty freaking hilarious. Basically, you can't go wrong. Here are some of the wildest action movie fan theories on the web. 

Sean Connery's Character In 'The Rock' Is An Older James Bond
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Photo:  The Rock/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Unfortunately, the Redditor who shared this thought-provoking theory that John Mason (Sean Connery) in The Rock is the former 007 has deleted their account, but it doesn't make the theory any less intriguing:

"Sean Connery's character is James Bond. Think about it. He was once an agent of the British government who was discovered on a top secret infiltration mission in America. The British government instantly disavowed him. At one point in the movie, the FBI director says "This man does not exist in America or Great Britain". Acting under M16 protocol, he gave a fake name upon discovery. I mean, his name in The Rock is John Mason. Sounds pretty generic, doesn't it? This also ties in with the theory that James Bond is just a title passed from agent to agent."

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'Predator' And 'Terminator' Share A Universe
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Photo: Alien vs. Predator/Capcom

David Israel Nunez Alvear offers a very long explanation linking the Predator and Terminator franchises, but it actually all comes down to one clue in a video game. Schwarzenegger's character from Predator (Dutch) never shows up again in the films, but he does show up in the game Aliens Vs. Predator, which takes place after the events of Predator, and identifies Dutch as a cyborg, codename CDS-170A3. The theory states that Dutch was used as the template for the first Terminator (model 101) made by Cyberdyne Systems, or CDS for short.

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Theron Is The Boy In The Beginning Of '300'
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Photo: 300/Warner Bros.

Redditor /u/lalallaalal asks an intriguing question: "Why is Theron (Dominic West) such a traitorous douche nozzle?" This is the theory:

"I was thinking about it this morning and I think that Theron is the boy getting beat down by Leonidas (Gerard Butler in the opening sequence.) This would explain why he's willing to sell his people out to the Persians. He's always hated the Spartan way of life because of how weak he was as a boy. He sees the Persians as a way to destroy the current way of life and build it in a way he sees fit."

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James Bond Is A Codename
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Photo: Skyfall/MGM

There are actually quite a few variations of the theory that James Bond is just a codename, but as this former Redditor points out, that theory died down somewhat when we saw the gravestones of Mr. and Mrs. Bond in Skyfall. However, the theory lives on, and this particular one explains it by guessing 007 is brainwashed:

"The suggestions of this reality are all there, with one standing above all the others: the relationship between Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem’s character), M (Judi Dench), and James Bond. Silva is a former MI6 agent who worked under M, before taking up the occupation of cyber-terrorist. Throughout the film, he repeatedly attempts to bond with 007, including referring to both himself and Bond as rats, held and tortured by M.

"And this next part of my theory is a credit to Bardem’s acting, as it’s something I cannot capture through simple plot synopsis and analysis. There is an element to Bardem’s acting that not only ensnares you, but in which it appears that he has a secret he isn’t sharing. His grin, his eyes, his body language, and the way he lingers on certain words as he speaks."

Basically, Silva's behavior is evidence of a formerly brainwashed spy who was driven insane by the manipulation, but has also evolved enough to recognize the tampering with his mind. Some Bonds have memories of their predecessors while others don't because some are more thoroughly brainwashed than others.

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