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15 Explosive Facts About Shoot ‘Em Up

SHOOT ‘EM UP, Clive Owen, 2007. ©New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection

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Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am! Here are 15 facts about the 2007 action genre homage Shoot ‘Em Up.

1. IT’S INFLUENCED BY SOME WIDE-RANGING CLASSICS.

Writer/director Michael Davis imagined Shoot ‘Em Up as an homage to Sergio Leone’s Man With No Name trilogy and John Woo’s influential Hong Kong action movie Hard Boiled.


2. DAVIS USED HIS OWN DRAWINGS TO GET THE MOVIE MADE.

As a pitch for studios to make the movie, Davis cut together a 15-minute animatic reel of his own hand-drawn sketches to portray the type of action he wanted to put onscreen.


3. DAVIS KEPT TWO SPECIFIC RULES IN MIND WHILE WRITING HIS SCRIPT.

There could be no explosions and all of the action had to be gun-centric.


4. CLIVE OWEN HAD A HAND IN WRITING THE SCRIPT.

Owen wrote the scene where he teaches the baby the parts of his gun.


5. THE ROCK MUSIC SOUNDTRACK WASN’T ADDED UNTIL MUCH LATER.

Davis was originally puzzled about what music to use for the movie—until the studio heads, impressed by an early cut of the movie, expanded the budget so he could afford the rights to songs from bands like Nirvana, Motörhead, AC/DC, and Mötley Crüe.


6. PAUL GIAMATTI WAS CAST AS THE VILLIAN BECAUSE HE’S USUALLY SO NICE.

Davis wanted an unorthodox villain, so he cast Giamatti against-type. Davis particularly enjoyed Giamatti’s lovable loser character with a hot temper from 2004’s Sideways.


7. GIAMATTI CAN THANK HIS CHARACTER FOR A REAL-LIFE FASHION EMERGENCY.

The actor was forced to wear his character’s intentionally bad comb over and scraggly goatee to the 2005 Academy Awards—during which Sideways won the Best Adapted Screenplay award—because Shoot ‘Em Up was shooting at the same time.


8. ITALIAN ACTRESS MONICA BELLUCCI’S MULTI-LINGUAL TALENTS PROVED USEFUL.

She dubbed her own voice for the movie’s Italian and French versions.

9. THE TWINS WHO PLAYED THE BABY WERE CAST BEFORE THEY WERE BORN.

The production got approval to cast Sidney and Lucas Mende-Gibson as Baby Oliver while their mother was 8½ months pregnant.


10. THE MENDE-GIBSONS WEREN’T THE ONLY BABIES USED.

Five fake babies were used for stunt sequences—two animatronic babies that moved their arms and legs and three artificial dolls whose faces were made more lifelike with CGI in post-production.


11. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL HELPED CLIVE OWEN WITH HIS STUNTS.

The Canada-based circus provided Owen with a special harness to make it more comfortable to shoot the green screen skydiving scenes, which involved the actor being strapped in for 4 days straight at up to 9 hours at a time.


12. THE MOVIE HAS A LOT OF FIREPOWER.

The characters wield over 200 different firearms during the 86-minute film.


13. AND A TON OF FAKE BLOOD.

Roughly $70,000 was budgeted for the squibs, the fake-blood-filled practical effect used to make it look like someone has been shot, alone.


14. THE END CREDIT SEQUENCE WAS INTENTIONALLY A BOND MOVIE KNOCKOFF.

It was a nod to the 007 movies’ elaborately stylized opening sequences.


15. A KEY STUNT GOT THE MYTHBUSTERS TREATMENT.

Unfortunately, the Mythbusters found that you could not, in fact, spin a merry-go-round by firing bullets at it like Clive Owen’s character does in the movie.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…