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.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone and Emily Browning had all wanted to make an action movie for ages. Abbie in particular described herself as "frothing at the mouth" before shooting the action scenes.
  • The Cast Show Off:
    • Oscar Isaac and Carla Gugino get an extended song to show off their talents, with a bit of dancing thrown in as well. This is only in the Director's Cut however.
    • Emily Browning sings three songs on the film's soundtrack. Two are featured in the film - her cover of "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This" plays over the opening and "Asleep" during her first night in the brothel.
  • 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. Not helping matters was a second nude photos scandal happening during filming.
    • Jena Malone was devastated by the film's poor reception and almost quit acting. It took a Career Resurrection with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to convince her to keep going.
  • Deleted Scene: Almost 20 minutes worth on the special edition DVD:
    • Baby Doll shoots her stepfather a second time, getting him on the arm.
    • When Rocket is showing Baby Doll around, she mentions that only the girls are allowed backstage and shows the closet - also explaining that they occasionally get locked in there if they misbehave. They pass by the kitchen, where the cook makes a kissing face at Rocket.
    • A musical number showing Blue and Madam Gorski performing "Love Is The Drug" for the customers. The girls are shown doing their dances - Rocket as a sexy nurse, Amber as a French Maid, Blondie as a belly dancer and Sweet Pea as a kind of Joan of Arc getting burned at the stake. This is intercut with Baby Doll washing dishes and doing laundry as the show goes on. A customer requests Amber but gets thrown out for being too rowdy.
    • A short bit of Madam Gorski writing the running order of the show on the black board before the 'crossing through the mirror' scene begins.
    • Extra shots in the World War I fantasy, giving Amber a bit more to do. She is shown her mecha and shoots down a couple of planes. Blondie also gets a few extended combat shots. Baby Doll is also nearly defeated by the German unit leader before getting the map.
    • Right before Baby Doll's first performance, Gorski gives her a pep talk. Amber then crosses 'fire' off the black board.
    • The castle siege lasts much longer, with the Orcs giving off green blood when they are killed and Sweet Pea using the sword on her back.
    • After Baby Doll sacrifices herself, we see Sweet Pea stealing clothes from someone's washing line - explaining how she got what she's wearing to the bus.
    • An entirely new sequence that involved Baby Doll meeting the High Roller. He turns out to be a Nice Guy who doesn't want to take her virginity by force and merely wants to know her. Baby Doll then chooses to give herself to him freely.
  • 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. To a lesser extent, Jamie Chung added highlights to her hair. Averted for Jena Malone though, as she just wore a wig rather than cutting and dyeing her hair blonde.
    • 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.
    • For the part where Blondie fires the gun at the dragon, Zack Snyder was behind the camera throwing various Pre Ass Kicking One Liners at Vanessa Hudgens for her to use.
    • All the actresses trained together in combat and dancing in order to build up believable comraderie. Emily Browning was also not given dance training, since Baby Doll is never seen dancing in the film.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Method Acting: A near miss. Abbie Cornish was accidentally struck in the head with a steel bayonet. She was saved by the metal clip holding her hair extensions in taking most of the hit. Despite bleeding from the head, she still continued with the scene.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: This was a pet project for Zack Snyder that he had been developing for years. It barely recouped its budget and got mixed reviews. Despite the film's polarizing reception, Jamie Chung listed it as her favourite role and calls it a "beautiful movie".
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Emily Browning is a fan of Sailor Moon and approves of the numerous comparisons with Baby Doll's outfit.
  • 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. 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.
  • Production Posse: Zack Snyder had worked with Carla Gugino on Watchmen and would work with Jena Malone again on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Oscar Isaac is much more well-known among audiences years later for playing Poe Dameron and Apocalypse.
  • What Could Have Been
    • During the end credits, it's revealed that extensive musical and dance numbers were filmed but deleted for the theatrical release. The dance numbers are to be included on the DVD.
    • In the WWI fight scene, originally there were supposed to be zombie dogs alongside the soldiers.
    • Amanda Seyfried was originally cast as Baby Doll note  but she was forced to turn it down when the producers of Big Love refused to let her go. Also Emma Stone and Evan Rachel Wood were originally cast as Amber and Rocket respectively, but turned it down due to other commitments. After Stone, Frieda Pinto was the first choice to replace her as Amber. Jamie Chung was eventually cast.
    • In the original ending (that does not feature 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.
  • Word of God: Zack Snyder has had to do lots of explaining this movie to everybody, with mixed results. He also confirmed that none of the girls died in the real world.


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