Trivia / Hook

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Tootles shouts "Seize the day!" in the final scene, a reference to Dead Poets Society and Robin Williams' character.
    • And also Smee shouting "GOOD MOOOOOOOORNING NEVERLAND!", in reference to Good Morning, Vietnam.
  • All-Star Cast: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and cameos from Phil Collins, Carrie Fisher, Glenn Close and George Lucas. And thanks to Retroactive Recognition, Gwyneth Paltrow in a minor role.
  • Colbert Bump: The film was already fairly well-known, but it gained a resurgence in recognition and popularity after a.) Homestuck made a Running Gag out of the film and the character of Rufio and b.) The Nostalgia Critic reviewed it.
  • Creator Backlash: Phil Collins had some about his cameo as the police officer - mainly because of the amount of publicity it was getting. He claims he feared at the time people would mistakenly think he had a bigger role, and would assume it was cut down because he wasn't good enough.
  • Creator Breakdown: Julia Roberts was going through a mental breakdown after her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland was called off. She reportedly fled California and hid out in Ireland until Spielberg himself threatened to fire her if she didn't return immediately. Additionally she had to hospitalised at one point for nervous exhaustion. Her behavior throughout the shoot gave her the crew nickname of "Tinkerhell" and Spielberg said he'd never work with her again.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film was widely panned by critics but made $300 million worldwide.
  • Cut Song: According to lyricist Leslie Bricusse, this film was written as a musical, but due to length and budgetary concerns this was dropped, and only two songs are sung onscreen — "We Don't Wanna Grow Up" as part of the school play and "When You're Alone" by Maggie in Neverland (explained as a lullaby her mom taught them). The happy-whimsical theme that plays throughout and closes the film's action was originally the melody of a song titled "Childhood", which later appeared in a sheet music anthology of Bricusse songs.
  • Dawson Casting: The majority of Lost Boys were played by kids of ten or eleven, with Rufio being played by a teenager to emphasise his role as the leader. However James Madio - who played Don't Ask - was actually fourteen and only a couple months younger than Dante Basco. Gwyneth Paltrow was also around eighteen when she played Wendy in a flashback to her childhood.
  • Doing It for the Art: Dustin Hoffman was apparently on set two months before he needed to be, just so he could get completely immersed in the role.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Robin Williams had his infamously hairy body shaved completely for this film.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Only Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg knew who Peter would give his sword to at the end, so the reactions of the Lost Boys are genuine.
  • Fake Brit: Gwyneth Paltrow as the young Wendy in a flashback.
  • Fan Nickname: Julia Roberts actually had one amongst the crew because of how she treated everyone: "Tinkerhell".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Wendy is telling the children the story of Peter Pan, she's actually holding one of the original printings of the book - identified by the olive colour and gold gilt design on the front.
  • Old Shame: Hook came out during a period where Spielberg was desperately trying to invoke Tom Hanks Syndrome, and prove he could be a serious director. Hook ended up being the most critically derided movie on his resume, so Spielberg doesn't reflect on it too well. He does say he's still glad he made the film though, as it's how he met Robin Williams.
  • The Other Marty: Brenda Fricker was originally cast as Granny Wendy before being replaced with Maggie Smith for unknown reasons.
  • Playing Against Type: Maggie Smith - usually mean old ladies - as a sweet grandmotherly type.
  • Playing Gertrude: Maggie Smith was fifty six playing Wendy at ninety two. She does appear without ageing make-up in the flashback to Peter meeting Moira, when Wendy's age matches Smith's.
  • Real-Life Relative: All of Dustin Hoffman's children have cameos in the film. Max Hoffman plays Peter at five years old. Jake Hoffman is a little league player at Jack's game. And Rebecca Hoffman plays Jane in the play at the start.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Was a brief one for Julia Roberts, along with Dying Young. She was nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie award and didn't make another film for two years - save for a cameo in The Player. When she returned to acting regularly, her films didn't do well until My Best Friend's Wedding provided a Career Resurrection for her.
  • Troubled Production: Shooting went 40 days over schedule, the budget went over by by 50%, and Julia Roberts was going through depression at the time, making it difficult to work with her.
  • Wag the Director: The scene where Tinkerbell grows to human size was written to appease Julia Roberts - who demanded that she have at least one scene with another actor (having to act alongside green screen for the whole film).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Apparently, Tom Hanks and David Bowie were considered as choices for Peter and Hook respectively (the latter turned it down). Carrie Fisher was also the original choice for Tinkerbell. She ended up doing some uncredited rewrites of the script and cameoed alongside George Lucas as the kissing couple on the bridge as Tink and Peter fly above them.
    • One of the original ideas for the film in The '80s was a musical remake of the Disney animated version of the original play starring Michael Jackson. Supposedly, Jackson never forgave Spielberg for not casting him in this version.
    • Kevin Kline was originally cast as Peter, but Soapdish reshoots scuppered this.
    • Steven Spielberg was not the first choice to direct the film. Nick Castle had planned to direct and spent a year in pre-production writing the script and planning. Spielberg then became interested and Castle was paid to leave the director's chair. He still shares screen story credit, however.
    • This was intended to be a musical, but according to lyricist Leslie Bricusse, the filmmakers realized it would be both too long and too expensive, so most of the songs were cut ("We Don't Wanna Grow Up" and "When You're Alone" the exceptions). The happy instrumental theme that closes the film was originally the melody of a song called "Childhood", and a sheet music anthology of his work includes it, with the explanation that everyone loved it but couldn't think of a way to keep it in the film.
    • Jack was, according to rumours, originally meant to be a fat kid. An obese pre-teen who loved baseball and had grown fat after his father had grown distant from him and he'd turned to food; the original beginning was meant to show Jack struggling to get into trousers and the ending was supposed to show him skinny (well, skinnier!) enough to get into them and that Neverland had brought Jack and Peter together and allowed Jack's life to improve.
    • According to Thomas Tulak, who played one of the youngest Lost Boys, Tinkerbell's costume was originally completely different. He recalls Julia Roberts wearing a blue sequinned dress and blonde wig - and storming onto the set to complain about it.
    • In the original draft of the script, Peter and Moira were in their thirties as opposed to forties. Maggie was also younger, being only a child of five. Spielberg aged up the parents to reflect the feeling of the aging baby boomer generation. Maggie was bumped up to seven to match her actress Amber Scott's age.
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