Did You Know? is a continuing column on Film Junk that looks at interesting trivia surrounding some of your favourite movies.
Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker was easily one of the best films I saw last year and my personal pick for Best Picture. I was thrilled to see it do so well at the Oscars and I have now seen the movie four times. With each viewing it gets better. Here are five interesting facts about the film… hopefully you will find them as interesting as I did.
Fact 1: Two hundred hours of film were shot for The Hurt Locker, which brought the shooting ratio to 100:1. The 100:1 ratio is one of the higher ratios in film and even surpasses that of Apocalypse Now.
Fact 2: Although the cast is made up of fairly unfamiliar actors, this was not always the case. Original names attached to the project were Colin Farrell, Willem Dafoe and Charlize Theron. Speaking of the cast, the three biggest names in the cast, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and David Morse all appear for only a maximum of ten minutes throughout the film. None of them were in the movie for any longer.
Fact 3: The Hurt Locker is the lowest grossing film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. Adjusted for inflation, the film grossed only $14 million.
Fact 4: The cast and crew combined was made up of 20 nationalities. The crew members were American, Jordanian, Lebanese, English, Irish, German, Moroccan, Danish, Tunisian, Canadian, South African, Icelandic, Iraqi, Libyan, Circassian, Palestinian, Armenian, Swedish, Australian, and New Zealanders.
Fact 5: Throughout the film many timeline errors are apparent. The film takes place in 2004, yet we see the iPod Touch, YouTube is mentioned, and we see an Xbox 360. The funny thing is, all of these things were not yet invented or released in 2004.
That’s it for now, hope you enjoyed these fun facts. What do you think of them? The 100:1 ratio seems pretty crazy, and how could so many little errors slip by the filmmakers?
As always discussion is welcome in the comments.