Trivia / Edward Scissorhands

  • Actor-Inspired Element: O-Lan Jones arranged and played the organ music Esmerelda plays in the film.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Tim Burton has commented that Edward Scissorhands isn't necessarily his best film, but it's his favourite film out of everything he's done.
    • Danny Elfman similarly called the soundtrack he made for the film his favourite out of his work.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Anthony Michael Hall was twenty-two playing the teenage Jim.
    • Winona Ryder was a little better, at only nineteen.
    • Edward is The Ageless but is meant to be a teenager in appearance. Johnny Depp was in his mid-twenties.
  • DVD Commentary: Two - One with Burton, and one with Danny Elfman that combines this with an isolated music track.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Johnny Depp lost twenty-five pounds for the role.
    • A variation with Winona Ryder. She's a natural blonde but had been dyeing it brown for years. She went back blonde to play Kim.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Being rather frail of health at this point, Vincent Price fainted under the hot studio lights in the scene where he dies. Tim Burton reportedly kept the shot of him on the floor in the final movie.
  • Fan Nickname: The Signature Scene where Edward makes an ice sculpture and Kim dances in the "snow" he makes is frequently referred to as "the ice dance."
  • Playing Against Type: All the three young actors:
  • Romance on the Set: Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp dated and became engaged briefly.
  • Truth in Television: The subdivision wasn't a set built for the film. It's a real subdivision that was repainted shortly after construction and used in the film. It was "restored" after the film and is a normal subdivision named Carpenter's Run in central Florida now, sans castle, of course. It's pretty typical of the sort of bland, repetitive, carbon-copy, subdivisions that sprung up in the housing boom in Florida from when the film was made until the early 2000s. It's exactly why Tim Burton chose it to represent the kind of bland, repetitive, carbon-copy, Anytown, USA stereotype.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Tom Cruise was offered the role of Edward, but he turned it down because he thought the role was too feminine. Apparently, he also disliked the sad ending where Edward goes back into isolation, but Tim Burton refused to change it.
    • Vincent Price was supposed to have a much larger role in the film, but his health was too frail (he died in 1993, making this his last work on the big screen).
    • Rumour has it that Jim Carrey wanted the role of Edward badly — so much that he auditioned more than once. Gary Oldman and apparently even Michael Jackson were also considered to play Edward. Drew Barrymore was considered for Kim.
    • Tim Burton had originally planned for the film to be a musical.
  • Write What You Know:
    • The hill on which Edward's Gothic mansion sits is based on California Institute of The Arts, Tim Burton's alma matter. The campus for the Institute is on a hill in Valencia, looking down on a clean-cut suburban town.
    • Caroline Thompson wrote Peg based off her own mother, who used to bring home strangers. She based the women in the neighbourhood off people she grew up around.
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