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Trivia: Carrie
  • Ability over Appearance: Sissy Spacek was widely thought to be too pretty for the title role, the character in the book being described as chunky, mousy-haired and covered in pimples with Spacek being a tall thin redhead with clear skin. But Spacek's Oscar nomination speaks for itself. The character was then rewritten slightly, saying that she would be pretty if she made an effort to tidy herself up a bit.
    • Angela Bettis from the TV remake is another example, not really matching the book's description but giving a great performance as Carrie. Though she did work hard to match other parts of the character's description.
    • Similarly Chris is olive skinned and black haired in the book but in the '76 and '02 movies is played by blonde actresses - Nancy Allen and Emilie de Ravin - who absolutely nail the bitchy attitude.
  • Creator Backlash: Before he finished writing, Stephen King threw the entire manuscript in the trash, disappointed with how it was turning out. His wife Tabitha read it, loved it, and pushed for him to continue writing. The rest is history. He still regards the book as one of his weaker efforts, without the polish of his later novels, comparing it to "a cookie baked by a first grader — tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom."
    • According to his own account, he had originally been challenged to write something with which women could identify. He wrote the shower scene, didn't like it and threw it out; his wife, who had trouble with her periods, rescued it. The shower scene was what amazed every woman at Doubleday. Harlan Ellison said:
    "…that opening sequence in which the telekinetic, Carrie White, gets her first menstrual experience before the eyes of a covey of teenage shrikes, and more than the light bulb in the locker room exploded. Xeroxes of the manuscript were run off; they were disseminated widely in-house; women editors passed them on to female secretaries, who took them home and gave them to their friends. That first scene bit hard…It was Jungian archetype goosed with ten million volts of emotional power. It was the commonly-shared horrible memory of half the population, reinterpreted."
    • (He also used the word "trope" in this essay, which you'll find in his book Harlan Ellison's Watching.)
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: King believes that DePalma's film adaptation is a superior work to his novel.
  • Dawson Casting: 26-year-old Spacek in the '76 version, 29-year-old Bettis in the '02 version.
    • Inverted with 15-year-old Moretz in the 2013 version, is a year younger than Carrie in the book and three years younger than the 2013 Carrie (age 18). Played straight with the other teenage characters which makes Carrie look even younger, smaller, and more vulnerable in comparison.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Portia Doubleday, a natural blonde, became brunette to play Chris in the 2013 film.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Several cases.
    • Sissy Spacek did not fraternize with the rest of the cast during filming, so as to make the sense of isolation that Carrie felt more authentic.
    • Sue Snell's mother was played by Amy Irving's real life mother, Priscilla Pointer, which caused some real-life emotions to spill into the scene where she comforts Sue following her nightmare at the end of the film. If you listen carefully, she even slips up and calls Amy by her real name at one point.
    • During filming of the scene where Miss Collins is chewing out the girls in gym, Brian DePalma was standing behind Amy Irving just off screen and whispering horrible cruel and hurtful things into her ears in order to make Sue's look of misery and guilt on camera look genuine.
    • In the prom attack scene, they used an actual fire hose on P. J. Soles (who played Norma). Her screaming and collapsing onto a table and then passing out was real. She ruptured her ear drum doing that sequence, lost consciousness, and was deaf in that ear for six months after filming.
  • Fake American:
    • The 2002 version, having been shot in Vancouver, was so jam-packed with "Hollywood North" Canadians-playing-Americans that it would be simpler to list the actors who weren't Canucks: the Americans Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, and David Keith, and the Australian Emilie de Ravin.
    • The 2013 version has English actress Gabriella Wilde as Sue, Australian actor Alex Russell as Billy, and like the '02 version, tons of Canadian actors (it was shot in Toronto this time). The only Americans in the cast are Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, and Portia Doubleday.
  • Heel Realization: Nancy Allen and John Travolta didn't realize just how villainous Chris and Billy really were until they saw the final version. They thought they were more of the comic relief while filming.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! / Retroactive Recognition:
    • In The Musical, Miss Desjardin/Collins herself, Betty Buckley, plays Margaret.
    • From the '76 version:
      • Sarah Packard has spent the last fifteen years converting to Christianity, having a daughter, and going batshit crazy.
      • Believe it or not, Carrie's prom date is also The Greatest American Hero.
      • It's a surprise that nobody's written a Pulp Fiction High School AU crossover fic setting Vincent Vega against Carrie. note 
      • Subverted by Sissy Spacek — while her most famous role is her Oscar-winning turn as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, this is probably her second most famous (and it also got her an Oscar nomination).
      • Before she partnered up with RoboCop, Anne Lewis dumped a bucket of pig's blood on Carrie's head.
    • From the 2002 version:
    • From the 2013 version:
      • May God help all the supervillains in New York, because Hit-Girl now has real superpowers. (On top of her being a vampire.) The alternate opening (which was cut from the finished film) reveals that she used to be known as Kira Manning, meaning that the Dyad Institute has some explaining to do.
      • Matt Garrety has lost his superpowers and is now experiencing what it's like to be on the receiving end of them.
      • Maude Lebowski is a lot less open to kinkiness than she used to be. That, or Sarah Palin is even crazier than we thought.
      • Sheeni Saunders has turned into a total bitch.
      • Before he got sick, Augustus took Carrie to the prom.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: [[Hey, It's That Voice!/Carrie Has its own page now]]!
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Amy Irving and Kandyse McClure. If not for the fact that Amy is white and Kandyse is black, you could easily mistake them for sisters.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original musical adaptation had an extremely short run and for the longest time was never heard from again. Miraculously, a small handful of bootleg recordings of the production were made and managed to survive long enough to be put onto the internet. It wasn't until the recent revival in 2012 that an official soundtrack recording was made available.
  • Method Acting:
    • In the 1976 version, Sissy Spacek deliberately isolated herself from her castmates during filming.
    • In the 2013 version, Chloe Moretz sewed dresses for herself (though they weren't used on-screen), and visited homeless shelters and spent hours on end locked in a closet in order to simulate what Carrie's mother put her through. She also insistednote  that she not be told when the pig blood would be dumped on her head, so that she'd be just as surprised by it as Carrie would be.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Judging by accounts of what she was like on-set, Sissy Spacek was one of these. When trying to come up with a good fake blood, Sissy said she'd be willing to just use actual blood. (They chose to use red corn syrup instead.) Plus, when they were planning on having a stunt double perform the scene where Carrie reaches out of the ground to grab Sue's arm, Sissy insisted on doing the scene herself because she wanted to experience being Buried Alive.
  • Playing Against Type: Emilie de Ravin is more known for playing heroic characters. Her turn as Alpha Bitch Chris in the '02 film was different for her.
  • Production Posse: Brian De Palma, John Travolta, and Nancy Allen reunited five years later for the film Blow Out.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Amy Irving and her mother Priscilla Pointer played Sue and her mother respectively.
    • The song that plays during Carrie and Tommy's dance at the prom is sung by Katie Irving, Amy's sister and Priscilla's other daughter.
    • In the Japanese dub of the 2013 remake, both Keiko Han and Megumi Han voice Margaret and Carrie respectively, who are also mother and daughter respectively both in film and in real life.
  • Star-Making Role: The 1976 version was this for Sissy Spacek.
  • Stillborn Franchise: The 2002 version was a Pilot Movie for a series that was never made.
  • Throw It In: When Piper Laurie first read the script, Carrie's mother seemed so operatic and ridiculous to her, she honestly believed the movie was a comedy. She played the role accordingly, and was laughing between takes at the lunacy of it. Her over-the-top cartoonish portrayal stayed because it arguably made her even more terrifying. Of course, the most terrifying thing of all might be that she still believes it's a dark comedy.
  • Too Soon: The 2013 version was delayed from March 15 to October 18, just two months before its planned release date. The studio's explanation was that it was to take advantage of the lucrative Halloween market for horror films, but director Kimberly Peirce contends that the real reason was the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting making it uncomfortable to release a film with Carrie's subject matter just three months afterwards.
  • Viral Marketing: The 2013 version had a slew of this. The two main vehicles for it were the website You Will Know Her Name, containing images from the "White Commission Report" investigating Carrie's rampage, and a phone number, (207) 404-2604, with a recording of Carrie and Margaret on the other end.
    • The number is now 1-855-522-7713. In addition, there are some time-specific recordings (for example, Margaret berates the caller in February for being a "whore" by celebrating Valentine's Day).
    • The creators of the 2013 adaptation also ran a viral marketing campaign in the form of a candid camera prank. They used Practical Effects to make it look like a girl with telekinetic powers was going nuts in a coffee shop after having coffee spilled on her. The video got nearly forty-million views.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The production of the original film experienced a literal example of Special Effect Failure, detailed in the special features on the DVD. The finale was supposed to involve Carrie calling down a meteor shower on her house, destroying it. Indeed, the interior scenes, showing the rocks coming through the ceiling, had already been shot. However, when they shot the exterior of the house burning down, the rig that was supposed to drop the stones malfunctioned. The production didn't have enough money left to redo the shot, so they simply filmed it sans meteors.
    • The original film was cast in a joint session with the casting of Star Wars, which creates some very interesting casting possibilities. Allegedly, Carrie Fisher was originally auditioning for Carrie White before she was cast as Princess Leia.
    • Bernard Herrmann was the first choice to score the film but died during production. Pino Donaggio replaced him.
    • The 2002 remake was originally intended to be a pilot for a TV series that was never picked up. Some of the plot points that would have likely been in the TV show showed up in the movie, such as Carrie looking for others like her, and her lack of control of her powers and going in a trance-like state. The Shop, the fictional government organization from Stephen King's books (like Firestarter and The Tommyknockers) would likely have also been involved as the government agents hunting her. One could imagine that the show would have been something like Carrie meets the Incredible Hulk TV series, or (given Bryan Fuller's involvement) an earlier version of Heroes.
    • For the 2013 remake, Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Carrie, but turned it down, while Haley Bennett, Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, Lily Collins, and Bella Heathcote all auditioned. Jodie Foster was also considered to play Margaret, while Ivana Baquero auditioned to play Chris.

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