Roland Emmerich has a habit of destroying things. In all of his films, the director has blown up all of New York City (Independence Day), most of California (2012), the Vatican (2012) and the White House – several times. In fact, Emmerich claims that he didn’t mean to make a habit of it but he has become really good at it.
Emmerich recently told VH1 News it was more of 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.”
Let’s look back on all the ways he destroyed the most famous home in America.