Q&A

Q: There are a lot of great scenes where a character has to walk across broken glass in bare feet (I'm thinking of 1988's "Die Hard"). Is it fake glass or fake feet?

Actually, both options have been used to simulate a person walking across shattered glass. In the "Die Hard" (1988) scenes — the hero spends a lot of time wandering around on glass in that movie — they opted for fake feet. You can even see in a few shots that his feet look abnormally tall (what you're seeing is rubber feet that have been gl...

Q: Have the "Forged in Fire" bladesmiths ever been less than gracious about surrendering their blades to the judges?

There's a surprising amount of controversy online about what exactly happens to the weapons at the end of an episode of "Forged in Fire" and who gets to keep them. Some rumors say none of the contestants can keep their blades because of state laws around dangerous weapons, while others say the runners-up keep theirs, while the winners must surre...

Q: Was "Licence to Kill" Benicio Del Toro's first role?

It may seem as if the producers took a huge gamble on casting unknown actor Benicio Del Toro as the chief villain in 1989's "Licence to Kill" — the mega-budget James Bond movie was one of the highest-profile films of the year — but they weren't going in totally blind. In fact, Del Toro, who was just 21 during filming, already had a couple o...