Trivia / Sucker Punch


  • Actor Allusion:
  • All-Star Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm and Scott Glenn are all decently known.
  • Colourblind Casting: For Amber anyway. White Emma Stone was considered for the role and Indian Freida Pinto was the second choice. Korean-American Jamie Chung ended up with the part.
  • Creator Breakdown: Vanessa Hudgens found the training especially hard and broke down several times. She used the emotion in Blondie's crying scene.
  • Deleted Scene: Almost 20 minutes worth on the special edition DVD. Extended fight sequences, the love scene, some more motivational speeches all cut, but almost always stated to make the movie better, more understandable, drill Zack's point home and generally make the film more mature and enjoyable. The love scene with the High Roller is also The Reveal, so look for that one.
  • Doing It for the Art: Seriously. The studio wanted the film post-converted to 3D, but Snyder refused. He's done 3D before, but he didn't film Sucker Punch for 3D, and he felt converting it would make an inferior film. What makes this especially odd is that he claimed not to know why he made such an odd film, saying That is basically my comment on the film as well. "Why are you making this movie? You need to make a movie more commercial. It shouldn't be so dark and weird." Which in an odd way drives home his point about the nature of the film. It's so personal and yet so universal it had to be made "For the art" of it.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Emily Browning bleached her hair platinum blonde. The dye ended up frying her hair and she had to cut it short immediately after filming wrapped. Pixie style.
    • As all five actresses did their own stunts, they were required to do strict physical training in preparation. According to Vanessa Hudgens this involved doing deadlifts of up to 96kg.
  • Enforced Method Acting: A rare inversion. As Emily Browning had undergone training on how to properly use weapons, Baby Doll shows far more knowledge on how to use a gun in the opening scene than she should realistically. Browning was unable to forget the training for the scene.
  • Executive Meddling: The test screening of the film included a mild love scene following Baby Doll getting knocked out by one of Blue's men while Sweet Pea escapes between Baby Doll and the High Roller in his suite that is initiated by Baby Doll when he offers her freedom while in reality she's getting lobotomized. The MPAA did not approve of it and wanted the scene cut down; Zack Snyder cut it down to the point that it looked like the High Roller was taking advantage of Baby Doll, and then ultimately cut the scene altogether because that wasn't the message he wanted to give. However, the full uncut scene will be featured in the Director's Cut. In the original ending (that will not be included in the Director's Cut), when the police shines his light on Baby Doll post-lobotomy, she starts singing "O-o-h Child," followed by the rest of the girls appearing, and they all sing it on stage before the curtains fall.
  • Fake American: Emily Browning ("Baby Doll") and Abbie Cornish ("Sweet Pea") are both Aussies. Oscar Isaac ("Blue"), although born in Guatemala, doesn't really count as he was raised in Florida.
  • Fake Nationality: American Carla Gugino playing the slavic Madam Gorski.
  • Plane Spotting: The dragon sequence has the heroes riding in a modified Consolidated B-25 Mitchel, a World War II era American medium bomber. Of course, in Real Life, the B-25 had a pair of piston-powered propeller engines, not one propeller engine and a jet engine. As a point of trivia, there have been multiple aircraft designs that used both propeller and jet engines, but the B-25 was not one of them.
  • Shown Their Work: In this fantasy movie you will see better, more tactical use of firearms than in any Syfy Channel original movie about or including the military. Heck, it's also better than about 50% of other movies about the military (drops to 30% after 1985). The girls keep their rifles on their shoulders, roll in their steps rather than bouncing, and never cross lines of fire when clearing a room (and clearing the room they went from cover to cover, interlocking fields of fire). The firearms savvy troper will recognize EoTech holographic sites, historically accurate firearms (even the Samurai's 20mm version minigun), and a suppressed M4. Even handling a semi-automatic firearm, Baby Doll only crosses her thumbs in back once, but with hands that tiny it's believable she didn't catch the Colt Hammer Bite (when the slide comes back in the cycling of the action and cleaves any flesh in its way).
    • Also, after they clear the first room in the castle, Rocket signals to Sweet Pea (who is covering the stairs leading away from the room and thus not looking back at the others behind her) that they're ready to move on by giving her a pat. Of course, in real life, one pats the shoulder, not the ass.
  • Playing Against Type: At the time one of many films Vanessa Hudgens did to shake off her Contractual Purity from High School Musical. Likewise Jena Malone tends to play moody or snarky girls. Here her character is The Heart of the team.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Oscar Isaac is much more well-known among audiences years later for playing Poe Dameron and Apocalypse.
  • What Could Have Been
  • Word of God: Zack Snyder has had to do lots of explaining this movie to everybody, with mixed results.


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