Trivia: Ed Wood

Trivia for the film:

  • Acclaimed Flop: Won two Oscars and was critically loved, but made little over $5 million (on an $18 million budget).
  • Actor Allusion: Tor Johnson, a professional wrestler turned actor, is played here by professional wrestler George "The Animal" Steele.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The films Ed Wood made during this time period without Bela Lugosi were deliberately excluded.
  • Cast the Expert: See Actor Allusion, above.
  • Executive Meddling: Tim Burton had to endure a lot of studio pressure to get the film made. Arguably justified by the film's eventual financial failure.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!/Hey, It's That Voice! Twofer: Orson Welles is played by Vincent d'Onofrio and voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
    • Drusilla is in Hollywood with her real accent but Spike is nowhere to be seen.
  • Playing Against Type: An oddly specific example in Maurice LaMarche, who dubbed over the physical performance of Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Welles. LaMarche has become legendary for his countless lampoonings of Welles, but this is so far the only time he's ever played him straight.
  • Real-Life Relative: Averted. Martin Landau stars and his daughter Juliet plays Loretta King, but the two aren't related in-universe.
  • Reality Subtext: Tim Burton agreed to do this movie when he saw how much Wood's relationship with his childhood horror movie hero Bela Lugosi reminded him of his own relationship with his childhood horror movie hero Vincent Price.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Why is the film shot in black and white? To evoke the kind of low-budget aesthetic Wood himself was infamous for? Probably; but it was actually because nobody knew what Bela Lugosi looked like in color.
  • What Could Have Been: An earlier version of the screenplay featured Wood's ultimately doomed marriage to Norma McCarty, which was depicted as ending the minute she found out he was a cross-dresser. (In reality, McCarty didn't exactly approve of his cross-dressing, but was willing to put up with it for the sake of their relationship. What really killed their marriage was Wood's alcoholism and abusive behavior towards her son from her previous marriage)