What has a bus, a bomb, and the most sexual chemistry we’ve ever seen on public transport?
When action film burst onto our screens in 1994, most of us couldn’t keep our eyes off the odometer. KEEP IT ABOVE 50 KPHR, DAMMIT. The rest of the time, we were eyeballing Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.
But there were 18 OTHER PEOPLE on that bus, guys. And those passengers have pretty great behind-the-scenes stories about what really happened on LA City route 2525.
The podcast I Was There Too is a show that tracks down extras who were in the room and goes behind the scenes of great movies. It’s the inside stories of how cinema and TV history is made, from a fly-on-the-wall perspective.
And they tracked down five of the passengers on Bus 2525 including “Bus Passenger 1” and the driver, Sam.
Even though the film was over in less than two hours, turns out that bus ride went for 14 hours a day, for four months of their life.
The guy that played the Bus driver Sam, Hawthorne James, told host Matt Gourley that producers used 13 buses over the entire shoot. Depending on what part they were filming, they would use different ones; buses with no floors, buses that were higher off the ground, buses with everything stripped out of them. And in the days before CGI, where there were no special effects they could fall back on, the engineers spent months configuring a bus that would ACTUALLY leap over a gap.