The movie blew everyone's mind in 1999, and these The Matrix behind-the-scenes stories might just blow your mind now. At the very least, you'll probably find them pretty fascinating if you're a fan of this groundbreaking science fiction epic.
Writers/directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski created something unique - an adventure that pulled together various pop culture inspirations and married them with deep philosophical ideas about the nature of reality. Audiences couldn't get enough, turning The Matrix into one of the year's biggest hits. Two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, followed.
Getting the movie made was a challenge. From the famous "bullet time" sequence to the action-packed lobby scene, all manner of stunt work and visual effects were necessary to bring the story's imaginary world to life. During production, one star was battling injuries, another experienced racism, and the filmmakers infused the movie with a personal sense of rage. There were happy events too, most notably Keanu Reeves once again proving himself to be the most decent guy in Hollywood.
Do you want all the scoops from the making of The Matrix? If so, pop the red pill and read on.