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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 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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Keanu Really Climbed Out That Window
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Photo:  The Matrix/Warner Bros.

For the cell phone conversation scene between Neo and Morpheus in the MetaCortex office, Keanu Reeves actually climbed out the window. The scene took place 34 floors up, without a stuntman, which was incredibly dangerous.  

Keanu is one of a handful of action stars who generally opt to do their own stunts, but he does occasionally allow a stunt double.

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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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Smith's License Plate Number Was No Coincidence
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Photo:  The Matrix Reloaded/Warner Bros.

When Smith pulls up in an Audi at the beginning of The Matrix Reloaded, his license plate number is IS 5416. In the King James Bible, Isaiah 54:16 says, "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy."

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