White House Down Talking Points: 10 Essential Facts

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6. Roland Emmerich doesn’t mean to keep blowing the White House up…it just happens.

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German director Roland Emmerich famously destroyed the White House in Independence Day and 2012. So why do it again? Well, as he said to VH1 News on the red carpet this week:

“Honest to god, I think it’s more a coincidence than anything else. First time around, it was just aliens destroying a lot. We had to choose in every city the building which is most important when the attack starts. Then in 2012 actually I wanted not to do it and my writing partner said, ‘If you don’t do it, they will ask you why you didn’t destroy the white house this time. Just find out some different way to do it. … This time, when I read the title page of the script, my first thought was, ‘Not again. I will not do this, but then out of respect I read a couple of pages and I could not put this thing down. It’s such a good script. … I knew this question would be the most asked. I deserve it.”

7. Jason Clarke’s character is apparently the same guy he played in Zero Dark Thirty, but like totally evil, and not morally ambiguous.

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In Zero Dark Thirty, Jason Clarke played a United States interrogator in the Middle East…which basically meant he did stuff like waterboarding prisoners, cutting shady deals with wealthy Kuwaitis and feeding ice cream to his pet monkeys (aka his only friends). Of course, since the events of Zero Dark Thirty, there’s been a lot of understandable backlash to those tactics. In White House Down, Clarke plays a character who was undercover in the middle east and torturing prisoners, but whose actions have been condemned by the new Presidency. He feels betrayed by the nation he once served and is out for vengeance.

8. The original Victoria makes an appearance.

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Remember how Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre was the original Victoria in the Twilight franchise before some behind-the-scenes shenanigans happened and Bryce Dallas Howard took her place? Lefevre is back in White House Down as Channing Tatum’s ex-wife and mother to his 11-year-old daughter. She has probably about 8 minutes of screen time in a 2 hour, 18 minute film, but hey, she gets to wear some wacky, single mom clothes!

9. Meet Joey King. Your next Chloe Grace Moretz.

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A major part of the plot is how Channing Tatum’s character, John Cale (yes, his last name sounds like the vegetable kale), is trying to impress–and then save–his U.S. government and politics obsessed daughter, Emily. Child actor Joey King plays Emily and her stormy blue eyes look great in Emmerich’s close ups. King was also the China Girl in Oz The Great And Powerful, Ramona in Ramona & Beezus and Steve Carell’s youngest kid with Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love. So, basically, she’s worked more before being a teenager than you or I ever will.

10. Jordans are as important to Jamie Foxx’s president as peace in the Middle East.

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Jamie Foxx’s President Sawyer is an intellectual pacifist with a fetish for American history and a deep love of his Jordans. And I mean, he loves his Jordans. Look out for a scene where the President is forced to protect  his beloved shoes from the bad guys. Don’t scuff the sneaks!

[Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures, Getty Images, & Summit Entertainment]

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