In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Angelina Jolie had to wear bra padding, in order for her bust size to measure up to the videogame character. Jolie wears considerably less (and possibly no) padding in this film, as the decision was made to give Lara more realistic dimensions.
In the scene where Lara Croft and Terry Sheridan jump off a building wearing "flying suits", called wingsuits, the stunt was performed by the two men who developed the suits. No CGI, wires, nets, or other special effects were involved. This suit was invented by Patrick De Gayardon, who died in a parachute accident in April 1998, while testing a new type of parachute in Hawaii.
The film was banned in China because "it damaged China's reputation, giving the impression of a country in chaos, with no government, and overrun by secret societies."
At one point in the movie, Lara Croft attacks a bad guy using very sophisticated movements with an antique rifle. Her movements are taken from the Queen Anne Salute used by the U.S. Army Drill Team.
The skin on Lara's upper left arm is rarely seen exposed in this film. Angelina Jolie sports a large tattoo on her upper left bicep which requires make-up to cover up. The fact her left arm is rarely bared in this film (her opening scene in a bikini is shot in such a way her right arm, not her left, dominates) may be due to criticism that the tattoo was sometimes poorly concealed in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Angelina Jolie stated in an interview that she kept Lara's holsters, and has them at home.
Just as in the first film, there are several scenes in which the live-action Lara mimics the computer game version, in particular, a scene in which she climbs around a pagoda and pole vaults to a helicopter. She also takes a nasty fall as the animated Lara was prone to do.
The character of Jonathan Reiss exposes his private jet passengers to a form of Ebola. The "antidote" is a clear capsule with small black pills in it. In reality, this is an herbal medicine made in China, and is a cure for an upset stomach.
At the time of the film's release, Angelina Jolie said she had no desire to play the character a third time. Nonetheless, some planning for a third feature was undertaken until early 2004, when the studio announced plans for another Lara Croft film starring Jolie had been cancelled. A reboot of the franchise, called Tomb Raider (2018), starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft was released 15 years later.
When fighting Chen Lo among the terracotta warriors, one is smashed, and you can see that the head was a separate piece from the torso. This is factual, as they were initially created and fired separately, before being assembled.
When Lara Croft first meets up with Terry Sheridan at his Barla Kala prison cell, "DOBRO POZHALOVAT" (Welcome) is carved on the cell wall.
In the film, Lara (Angelina Jolie) and Terry (Gerard Butler) walk into a mall in Hong Kong called "Times Square", after which they make their way to a then-unfinished taller building, called the "IFC tower". The film treats the two buildings as if they are attached, but in fact they are a subway train ride apart. The large skylight that looks up the IFC tower from Times Square was digitally added into the scene.
In the scene where Lara is sought out to make her adventure by the Government men at her home, she gives several opposites: the one '"You can't have pleasure without pain" was improvised ad libbed by her, which director de Bont liked enough to leave in. [His DVD commentary]
Much of the background story of this film revolves around Alexander The Great (Alexander of Macedonia). Angelina Jolie portrayed Alexander's mother, Olympias, in Alexander (2004).
Initial trailers and publicity material credited the story to Producer Lloyd Levin and Production Designer Kirk M. Petruccelli, as well as James V. Hart. However, just before the film was released, the Writers Guild of America decided to credit the story to Hart and Steven E. de Souza.
The last Tomb Raider movie for 15 years until Tomb Raider (2018) in which Alicia Vikander assumed the role of Lara Croft.
Djimon Hounsou appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as Korath, which the film's plot centered around an orb, which contains a weapon, which the film's main antagonist plots to use. In this film, Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) sets out to retrieve an orb, which will lead to the mythical Pandora's Box.
Daniel Craig declined to return for the sequel and opted to do The Mother (2003) instead.
Gerard Butler and Ciarán Hinds would later work together in The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
Chris Barrie and Graham McTavish previously appeared together in series 8 of Red Dwarf (1988).
Considered to be an updated version of Red Sonja (1985), Lara Croft sets out to retrieve an orb from Jonathan Reiss, with the help from Terry Sheridan, who is a mercenary.
Released a decade after Angelina Jolie's first action film, Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993).
This film and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) are YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann's biggest guilty pleasure movies.