Memorable 'Die Hard' stunt tested on 'MythBusters'

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

MythBusters examined the Hollywood trope made popular by films like Die Hard, that an action hero can jump off a building while being tied to something, shoot out a window, and safely land inside several stories below.

Hosts Jon Lung and Brian Louden tested the theory by tying a rope around a dummy equipped with sensors and shoving it off a six-story tower.

The yank of the rope gave the dummy terminal whiplash, so they attempted the drop from four stories. The four-story drop still appeared to be too violent and would likely result in an injury.

After assessing that a two-story drop was plausible, the men set out to test their ability to shoot out off a building and then swing back through a window. It quickly became apparent that this element of the trope was very plausible, as the glass seemed to shatter quickly and easily.

Lung put on protective gear and using a belay system to minimize impact on his spine, he jumped off a building. He fell two stories and then swung safely through — and shattered— a pane of glass. He proved the trope is totally plausible.

MythBusters airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the Science Channel.

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