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  • 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.
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  • 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 be hospitalized 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.
  • 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.
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  • Dawson Casting: The majority of Lost Boys were played by kids of ten or eleven, with Rufio being played by a teenager to emphasize 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 and Dustin Hoffman as the titular Hook.
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  • Fan Nickname: Julia Roberts actually had one amongst the crew because of how she treated everyone: "Tinkerhell".
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • By all accounts, Julia Roberts made life on the set a nightmare. Already going through a messy breakup with her then-fiance Kiefer Sutherland which led to her suffering from depression and caused her to go and hide out in Ireland in the middle of production and she only came back because Steven Spielberg threatened to fire her if she didn't. Upon returning, she proceeded to complain about everything from the script to her outfit (which at one point was to more closely resemble Tinkerbell's appearance, complete with a blonde wig, only for it to be changed after she became furious with it.) Also, her final scene where she was full-size came about from a Wag the Director moment where she demanded to appear onscreen with at least one other actor due to her frustration at having filmed all of her previous scenes in greenscreen. The end result lead to her career being stunted for a while, the crew to nickname her "Tinkerhell" and for Spielberg to vow never to work with her again.
    • Spielberg, known for his great rapport with child actors, also had a difficult time dealing with the Lost Boys due to them being so rambunctious on the set. Years later, Spielberg joked that it almost made him consider not having any more children.
    • Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman developed a playful rivalry onset. When Hoffman halted the filming of one scene because he lost his motivation, Williams quipped, "Why don't you try acting?" (Which was a Genius Bonus reference to what Laurence Olivier, who disliked method acting, had told method actor Hoffman on the set of Marathon Man after Hoffman continued to demand retakes, unhappy with his performance) After Williams flubbed a line and started speaking gibberish, Hoffman looked to a camera and quipped, "Well, what did you expect from Mork?" Williams did the next take perfectly and said to Hoffman, "Hey, Ishtar's on TV tonight".
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: 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.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The original teaser trailer. Not only is the content of said trailer an example of this (the shot of the hook raising up in the air is not in the finished product), but the music was specifically composed by John Williams for the teaser and never plays in the final cut.
  • 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 - who up to that point usually played 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.
  • Referenced by...: The Skrillex song "Bangarang", whose lyrics ("Shout out to my lost boys/we rowdy") and music video are a homage to Peter Pan in general, took its name from the Lost Boys' battlecry in this film.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Was a brief one for Julia Roberts, along with Dying Young. She was nominated for a Worst Supporting 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.
  • Uncredited Role:
    • Glenn Close has an uncredited cross-dressing Cameo as the pirate Captain Hook locks in a chest as punishment for betting against him.
    • The kissing couple that was briefly lifted into the air by Tinkerbell's pixie dust were George Lucas and Carrie Fisher. Fisher also served as an uncredited script doctor.
  • 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.
    • Christopher Lloyd and Donald Sutherland were considered for Captain Hook.
    • Danny DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss (who was interested in the production) and Joe Pesci were considered for Smee.
    • Steven Spielberg originally asked Richard Attenborough to play Tootles. Attenborough declined, as he was directing Chaplin at the time.
    • Rebecca De Mornay, Samantha Mathis and Winona Ryder were considered for Tinkerbell.
    • Peggy Ashcroft was considered for Wendy.
    • 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.
    • 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. Peter also wasn't an emotionally Abusive Parent Child Hater to his kids, he was simply an overworked, stressed man. There was originally a much bigger role for the mermaids, and Tiger Lily herself was set to have had a large role in the film. The original script was also more adult in tone, complete with mild swearing and child slaves. Hook's fate in this version is ambiguous. He appears to be going down with his sinking ship but then he and Peter collide "in a tremendous thundering burst of energy" before the script abruptly cuts back to the nursery in London.
    • Joseph Mazzello auditioned for Jack, but he was determined to be too young for the part. Spielberg promised to cast him in a future project, which he fulfilled with Jurassic Park.
    • Sony's Dolby Digital/DTS counterpart, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, was supposed to debut with this movie. But for whatever reason, it got delayed and ended up premiering with Last Action Hero instead; SDDS wasn't popular and has since been largely discontinued.


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