Green Code That Opens The Matrix Is Surprisingly Mundane

Simon Whiteley shares its origins
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2017 1:40 PM CDT

If you're the type who would take the blue pill and would prefer to "just wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe," stop reading. If you want to discover the truth about a mystery of The Matrix, pop the hypothetical red pill and read on, but with the warning that a bubble might be burst. Munchies spotted a CNET report on the origins of the green code that waterfalls down the screen as the movie—and its successors—opens by way of Simon Whiteley.

He's the production designer who created the code, and he says credit goes to his Japanese wife and her cookbooks, which he scanned. "I like to tell everybody that The Matrix's code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes," he notes. "Without that code, there is no Matrix." Munchies offers this further bit of Matrix trivia: Whiteley's name doesn't appear in the film's credits. (See what makes Barack Obama's list of the best sci-fi movies and TV shows.)

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