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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) Poster

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The casting director drew the ire of Steven Seagal after the action star returned from a vacation in Indonesia and discovered that Gary Busey had been hired to play the villain - Busey famously played one of the villains in the first film, who was dispatched via explosion. Matters got worse when it was discovered that Busey had a "pay-or-play" deal which meant he got his fee if he was in the film or not. Ultimately, Busey was paid his $750,000 dollar salary - which allegedly came out of Seagal's pocket as a producer - but didn't work a day on the picture.
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The scene of the destroyed industrial facility in China recycles unused footage from On Deadly Ground (1994) (another Steven Seagal movie). In On Deadly Ground, it's the burning Aegis Oil facility.
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During this production Steven Seagal started wearing a girdle to contain his stomach, this was apparently a temporary fix as he intended to lose the excess weight eventually. This has not occurred
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Filmmakers pioneered a new technique that enabled them to film all the interior train scenes (practically all the film) in the studio. Tennis balls glued on the studio walls were used as reference points to allow computers to insert footage of Colorado scenery, even when the camera moved around.
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In 2014, Steven Seagal announced in an interview with the Big Issue UK magazine that he is working on the 3rd "Under Siege" film.
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Original screenplay title, before being converted into a sequel to " Under Siege", was "In Dark Territory".
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According to Jenny McCarthy, she auditioned for the role of Kelly for Steven Seagal. She claimed that during the audition, Seagal ordered her to strip, even though the role did not require nudity. She angrily told him that if he wanted to see her naked, he should buy the Playboy edition that she posed for, and stormed out. Years later, in the wake of several women accusing Seagal of sexual misconduct, McCarthy added that Seagal wanted her to strip because the nudity would be "off screen". Seagal's spokespersons and lawyers have denied McCarthy's story.
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Steven Seagal allegedly was in the cutting room for the editing process, vetting takes, causing friction between himself, the director and the editor.
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During initial test runs for filming of the external scenes, sparks from the locomotives caused flash fires along the railroad. The locomotives had to be modified before filming could begin.
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When Warners first bought the script by Matt Reeves and Richard Hatem, it was written as an entirely original film, unrelated to Under Siege (1992). Warners hired script doctor Brian Helgeland to rewrite and reform the script into a sequel.
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Couple scenes had to be cut down for R rating; During the fight with a one eyed terrorist after Ryback cuts the terrorist's wrist their fight concluded with Ryback stabbing the terrorist in the neck causing blood to spurt out which is why you see blood on the terrorists chin and sweater when he falls out of the cupboard. The climatic fight between Ryback and Penn was also more graphic and brutal, at one point Ryback forces Penn's face onto a hot cooker before they fall down the stairs, which is why Penn has a large red mark on his left cheek in the rest of the scene.
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Travis Dane's catchphrase, "Chance favors the prepared mind," is a quote originally said by Louis Pasteur.
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The railroad passenger cars were built especially for the movie by the now-defunct Colorado Railcar Company and are still in existence today.
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The device Ryback connects to the disabled phone is an Apple Newton PDA (personal device assistant) MP2000. This device, about the size of a iPad mini and the thickness of a book, was used for notes, calendar and calculator. It did not text or email. It also ran some 3rd party software like Quicken.
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As Tom Breaker indicates the monitor with details on Marcus Penn's history to Admiral Bates and Captain Garza he calls him a 'soldier of fortune freak'. Dale Dye, who plays Captain Garza actually worked for Soldier of Fortune magazine in real life.
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The shots of Ryback hanging off a mountain and climbing up the rope were actually shot at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. The movie crew drew the ire of local rock climbers for painting the rocks to match the scenery of footage shot in Colorado.
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Gary Oldman, Laurence Fishburne, Julian Sands and Jeff Goldblum were among those who refused the role of Travis Dane.
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Originally, Jon Peters was slated to be a producer for the movie. He wanted to bring Gary Busey back, but after he was told Busey's character had died in the original and after determining that Busey could not come back, Peters left.
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The old ghost town seen in the latter part of the movie is the actual abandoned mining town of Eagle Rock. Bobby Zachs claims that they always pass the town on the inside not the outside. The track passing through the town was called the Belden Siding and has since been lifted. The rusted buildings remain. However this location is only about 2 hours journey west of Denver, much less than the day's travel taken by the Grand Continental.
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Not screened for critics in the UK (where it was heavily cut by the BBFC). Despite this several publications fabricated reviews and faked a low rating as was the typical snobbery regarding action films at the time.
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GP7 #1810, which was the second locomotive in Under Siege 2, is now owned by the Oregon Pacific Railroad and is stored in Milwaukie, Oregon.
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According to Casey Ryback's driver's licence he was born on August 6th 1955 (making him 39 years old at the time of the movie's release), he lives at the fictional address of 145 N. Mountain View in Denver, Colorado, and is 6'5'' with brown eyes, black hair, weighing in at 220 lbs. His licence has an expiry date of December 13th 1997.
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This is the second time Casey eludes the terrorists by hiding in a freezer.
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Marcus Penn's profile lists him as being a former Lt. Colonel in the ROTC, as well as being 6'4'' with brown eyes. Everett McGill's eyes are actually grey.
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Although the Pegasus missile shown in the film is functionally similar, it bears no resemblance to the actual rocket. In real life it features a low profile delta wing in the middle with a traditional vertical and horizontal stabilizer at the rear; as opposed to the 8 fin air-to-air style missile launched from the B2 bomber.
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Travis Dane's character as an internationally-profiteering turncoat and psycho-warmongering designer of technologically-superior particle-beam weapons was at least partially realized in real life in the form of one Gerald Bull, the infamous supergun-inventor of the Cold War era.
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The countdown timer blip sound effect on the computer used by Travis Dane (Eric Bogosian) is a blip sound from a Motorola-brand pager.
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Both locomotives are ex-Alaska Railroad GP7s, numbered 1804 and 1812.
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The beeps that the code lock at the Search and Rescue facility that the terrorists raid early in the movie are exactly the same ones the bad guys' intercoms produce in 'Die Hard 2'.
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International release prints omitted the "Dark Territory" subtitle and the picture was simply called "Under Siege 2".
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In the beginning, when the Grand Continental clerk adds Casey and Sarah Ryback to the passenger manifest, the names of the film's crew members can be seen.
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The producers originally hired Don Jakoby to pen the script.
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Andy Romano, Dale Dye and Nick Mancuso return from Under Siege (1992). However, has is the case in that film, none of them share a scene with star Steven Seagal, despite being his allies.
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The film was released the same year as GoldenEye (1995) and a year before Escape from L.A. (1996). All of these films are about terrorists taking control of orbital space weapons.
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35mm prints are made up of 5 reels.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

According to an 1996 interview with Playboy, Sandra Taylor was unsure if her character of Kelly was going to live or die in the film. Two scenes were shot, one, where she was shot in the knee, which was included in the final cut of the film, and another, where she was shot in the heart and killed. Taylor claimed in the interview she wasn't aware of her character's fate until she saw the completed version of the film.
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