Trivia / Willow

  • Canon Welding: For a Star Wars.com April Fools joke in 2006, there was an attempt to incorporate the Nelwyn into the Star Wars Expanded Universe. As Wookieepedia puts it, they supposedly hail from the planet Andowyne, which is beyond the Kathol Rift in Wild Space.
  • DVD Commentary: Warwick Davis provides one of the best commentaries ever heard. Everything you want to know about Willow is right here. He tells stories, talks about taking care a baby, points out scenes that were deleted, gives behind the scenes info, talks about working with Ron Howard and George Lucas and explains the joys of working with Val Kilmer.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Joanne Whalley dyed her brown hair fiery red to play Sorsha.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley got married in real life after meeting on the movie. Their marriage lasted eight years and produced two children.
    • Warwick Davis met his wife who was an extra on this film. They've been married since 1991. One of the many reasons of why Warwick is proud of this movie.
  • Technology Marches On: The morphing Obvious CGI used with Fin Raziel was dated by the time Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released.
  • Throw It In!: Kilmer ad-libbed most of his dialogue.
  • Underage Casting: Warwick Davis was 17-18, playing a father of two. Either a case of this trope, or Willow made all the wrong decisions in life...
    • Or Nelwyns just age slower than Daikinis? (much like Hobbits)
    • Could just be a cultural thing. People started families much earlier in olden times. It's not like he had to drop out of school to take care of them.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • A number of scenes were deleted that contained the intended back stories of Madmartigan and Sorsha - the former a warrior prince of a noble family who disgraced himself (one early draft had him proclaiming that he "could have been king!"), the latter revealed to have had a good and noble king for a father (in fact he is the old king seen at the end of the film) and having been effectively brainwashed into being a villain by her evil mother. While there are some faint traces or at least a vague sense of Madmartigan's past in the film (it is not unreasonable to assume that he used to be a soldier of some sort) there is little to no sense of what makes Sorsha tick. This lost material was used in the novelization.
    • Another deleted scene that was included in the novelization (and also the Marvel Comics adaptation) shows Willow successfully using one of the magic acorns to petrify a shape-shifting lake creature set by Bavmorda to guard the island where Fin Raziel was banished.
    • John Cusack reportedly auditioned for the role of Madmartigan.
    • George Lucas reportedly wanted Willow to be a trilogy of films like Star Wars and Indiana Jones but weak box office forced him to scrap the idea.
    • Lucas and company tried repeatedly over the years to do some Canon Welding and put the film into the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Another project, "Alien Exodus" would've linked this film, Star Wars, THX 1138, and even American Graffiti together.
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