In the scene in Die Hard (1988), when McClane and Hans meet for the first time with Hans pretending to be one of the hostages, how does McClane know that Hans is not who he claims to be?
I'm asking, because I just rewatched the movie with some friends and this point came up without any of us finding a definitive solution. Previously this has never been an issue for me, since I just assumed, that as a cop, McClane would know how to read people, and Hans might've just given out a wrong vibe of sorts. Alan Rickman has also said, that he deliberately held the cigarette the way an European would (although I doubt John would've noticed that). Or does it have to do with the names on the board? Hans gives his name as Bill Clay, and you can see that there's a William Clay listed on the board, was this a clue that he was lying?
"I prefer reading to writing. Reading changes your worldview. Writing changes absolutely nothing. Except, of course, when it makes you rich." Michel Houellebecq
It was done in a way so that we don't know if McClane knew or not--thus the fact that he gave him an unloaded gun showed he didn't trust him from the get go. Did Hans know there was a W Clay on the list of people or did he just take a wild guess? That is what I wonder. I am guessing he must have remembered some name.
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"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
"...The director said it's because all the terrorists were wearing the same watch, but they had to cut the scenes that made that make sense because of a last minute ending change (they added escaping in an ambulance to the end, which caused continuity errors with the vehicle they arrived in, which is where they synchronized watches)."