Trivia / Serenity

  • Dawson Casting: Summer Glau, 24 years old at the time, plays 17-year-old River.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Quite a few of Nathan Fillion's stunts involved a self-inflicted version. In his final fight scene against the Operative, he ended up slamming his face into the floor a few times; Joss was simultaneously impressed and horrified, and it took the makeup crew a moment to work out that he'd not only swollen his face, but also that he was somewhat dazed and struggling to read stuff in the background.
  • Fan Nickname: The Big Damn Movie, for the film itself.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: River's 'one in the brainpan' comment that defines this trope is funny, considering the role Summer Glau takes on a few years later.
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  • Urban Legend of Zelda: It's been stated on various sites (including The Other Wiki) that the reason Book and Wash get killed off is because Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass were not interested in taking part in any sequels. Tudyk specifically stated at one con though, "I don't know about Ron, but that's not true for me! The reason I was killed off, is because Joss Whedon wanted me killed off!"
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original script, Wash didn't die.
    • Early storyboard sketches (some can be found in the Serenity companion book that has the shooting script) seem to show that River was going to be barefoot the entire movie. For example, she's seen barefoot in the storyboard for River's fight with the Reavers.. The novelization also seems to go along with this idea that River is barefoot throughout, as the narration mentions her being barefoot in the scene where they discover the dying Shepherd Book, even though she actually has boots on in that scene in the film.