Die Hard,

Minute 085: What am I, a Method Actor?

January 26, 2018

Niall McGowan & Jonfen Parker of  The Batman ’89 Minute

Ellis is yelling at McClane about returning the detonators.

“I’m putting my life on the line for you, pal!” says Ellis. He wiggles his eyebrows at Hans and smiles.

“Ellis,” says McClane, “listen to me very carefully…”

“John–” interrupts Harry.

“Shut up, Ellis! Just shut your mouth!” says John. “Put Hans back on the line!” Harry turns the speaker toward Gruber.

“Hans,” says McClane, “this s—head does not know what kind of man you are, but I do. Listen to me –”

“Good,” says Hans, “then you’ll give us what we want and save your friend’s life. You’re not part of this equation. It’s time you realized that.”

“Hey, what am I, a method actor?” asks Harry. “Hans,  babe, put away the gun! This is radio, not television. ”

“Hans!” shouts McClane, “This a–hole is not my friend! I just met him tonight! I don’t know him! Jesus Christ, Ellis! These people are going to kill you! Tell ’em you don’t know me! ”

Ellis laughs. “John, how can you say that, after all of these years?” he replies.  McClane doesn’t reply.

“John,” says Ellis. “John?” Still no answer. Ellis shrugs and laughs. Hans smiles at Harry.  Harry toasts him with the Coke, and starts to drink.

There’s a gunshot on the radio.

The Nakatomi employees in the assembly room screen. Holly is shocked.

Hans opens Holly’s office door and holds up his walkie talkie so that McClane can hear the screaming over the radio.


Hart Bochner as Harry Ellis

Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber

Bruno Doyon as Franco

Alexander Godunov as Karl

Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell

Tracy Reiner as Mary

William Atherton as Richard Thornburg

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