- "Well, they wanted to do Patriot Games, which had the villains as the Irish Republican Army. Both Alec [Baldwin] and I, as Irish-Americans, were a bit uncomfortable with that, since it's our heritage. They had another script (Clear and Present Danger) that both Alec and I wanted to do, and for various reasons we decided not to. With Die Hard, I guess I just found myself bumping heads with Joel Silver a lot."
- ―John McTiernan on not returning to direct Die Hard 2
John McTiernan, Jr. (born January 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker.
McTiernan is best known for his action films and most identifiable with the three films he directed back-to-back: Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October along with later ones like Die Hard with a Vengeance, and The Thomas Crown Affair. More recently, McTiernan was in the news for his criminal conviction in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. He has since been released from prison.