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37 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Matrix' Trilogy  

Coy Jandreau
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List Rules Upvote the most surprising and interesting trivia facts and Easter eggs from the films in The Matrix Trilogy.

The Matrix is already over 15 years old and its sequels were released more than 10 years ago, but their impact is still felt to this day. The Wachowski siblings built a massive film franchise that broke records, changed film, and woke everybody up. The Matrix movies are full of depth, nuance, and detail, unlike few other series. There's plenty of Matrix trivia you might not know, interesting Matrix facts to learn, and a host of Easter eggs, but it's all collected here for your enjoyment and education!

The first Matrix film redefined cinema, or at the very least its genre. By the mid-2000s (within five years of its release) the bullet time scene had been spoofed/used in more than 20 widely release films. The Matrix Reloaded, when it was released, held the title of highest grossing R-rated movie of all time, until Jesus himself took the title from Neo (in The Passion of the Christ). The Matrix Revolutions was only the second movie ever to release simultaneously in standard theaters and IMAX, setting the standard we live by to this day. 

The trilogy changed movies, and movie going, no matter how you look it at. Plus, it still holds up amazingly well more than a decade later (you can't say that about a lot of the imitators that followed.) So sit back and enjoy these facts you probably didn't know about The Matrix Trilogy. 

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The Loop Highway Was Built And Destroyed Exclusively For This Film
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Photo:  The Matrix Reloaded/Warner Bros.

The 1.4-mile, three lane loop highway was built specifically for the chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded - considering it took nearly three months to film this scene, it was well worth the effort. It was built on the decommissioned Alameda Point Navy Base and destroyed when filming was complete.

That's not all that was destroyed, though, as almost all of the 100+ cars GM donated were too.

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The Shootout Took Forever And The Scenery Was Improvised
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Photo:  The Matrix/Warner Bros.

After the lobby shootout, the camera pans back, showing the aftermath of the scene in the lobby. During this, a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, but was left in since it seemed appropriate.

The entire scene took 10 days to film and was done without CGI; rather, it was all practical effects.

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Real World Scenes And 'Matrix' Scenes Have Different Coloring
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Photo:  The Matrix/Warner Bros.

All the scenes that take place within the Matrix have a green tint to them, as if you're watching them through a computer monitor, while scenes that take place in the real world have normal coloring.

The fight scene between Morpheus and Neo, which is not in the real world or in the Matrix, is tinted yellow.

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In Memory Of Thomas Anderson
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Photo:  The Matrix Revolutions/Warner Bros.

In the last scene of The Matrix Revolutions, the bench the Oracle sits on has a small metal dedication plate on it that reads "In Memory of Thomas Anderson." This is more significant than it may seem on the surface. 

Thomas Anderson is Neo's given name in the Matrix movie.

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