A Good Day to Die Hard joins the pantheon of Hollywood action blockbusters that have seen the demise of hundreds of cars over the years, many of little value, but some of which would bring tears to the eyes of car enthusiasts around the world. In just the one car crunching sequence in A Good Day to Die Hard, a genuine Lamborghini was destroyed with the total bill of wrecked automobiles for the scene amounting to $11 million dollars - although this figure did not include a number of Mercedes Benz G-Glass wagons that were supplied free of charge by the Stuttgart-based company.
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"There were 132 (cars) that could never be used again," said A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore to USA Today. "Another 518 required a lot of work. And damn right there were some good cars there... That's the fun of it," he added. "With Die Hard it's about how audacious the action is...So you have to drive over a Lamborghini. An actual one. And yes it hurts me. I'm a car fanatic," said Moore.
Over the years, there have been numerous other movies and TV shows that have been turned into scrap during filming. G.I Joe saw 112 cars destroyed during production, while 93 cars were written off during the making of Gone in 60 Seconds. Them 'Good ol' boys,' in the Dukes of Hazard managed to mangle 27 Dodge Chargers, with up to car count of around 250 cars wrecked over the course of the series.
However, nothing beats the 532 cars that Michael Bay permanently retired during the making of Transformers 3. Although at least Bay seems to have a conscience, or a valid excuse for the carnage he wrought on the movie set. "These are cars that are flood-damaged," Bay told Reuters. "Car companies give them to us because by law they have to be crushed, so I am the perfect guy to do that."