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  • Costume Backlash: Sam Spruell described the haircut he had to sport as "fine for the film, horrible for civilian life."
  • Deleted Scene: A few are included in the extended DVD release, which also features quite a few longer cuts of scenes. Deleted scenes include Snow White and the Huntsman making their way through the forest, and perhaps the most significant, a conversation between William and the Huntsman about the "light" inside of Snow White.
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  • Dueling Movies: With Mirror, Mirror, a comedy fantasy version of the tale with Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the Queen. They got similar receptions critically, but Huntsman was more successful financially, even getting a sequel.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Sam Spruell's hair was bleached and cut into Finn's distinctive style.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Snow White has a British accent, but played by American actress Kristen Stewart.
    • And of course, Charlize Theron continues her long streak of not playing a South African character.
  • Fake Scot: Chris Hemsworth is Australian and plays the Huntsman who has a Scottish accent... most of the time.
  • Follow the Leader: The script was first written back in 2003, but had trouble getting picked up because Darker and Edgier fairy tales weren't as popular. It was only after the financial success of Alice in Wonderland (2010) that Snow White was picked up.
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  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Downplayed. Kristen Stewart was terrified of horses, due to an accident when she was nine, and had to overcome that fear for her role.
  • Real-Life Relative: Snow White's mother at the beginning of the film is played by the director's wife at the time. She was notably not his wife by the end of production, see below.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: While Kristen Stewart initially maintained that the reason she didn't return for The Huntsman: Winter's War was because she just didn't like the scripts she was being shown, she later admitted that it was down to the affair scandal between her and Rupert Sanders; specifically, producers were afraid of the backlash towards the affair and didn't want to be attached to it.
  • Romance on the Set: A scandal was caused when Kristen Stewart was photographed kissing director Rupert Sanders. He was married, and she was famously dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Both split with their respective spouses afterwards, but did not stay together. Both Stewart and Sanders later stated that the affair was quite casual and never progressed beyond kissing.
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  • Saved from Development Hell: The script had been written in 2003 but since Darker and Edgier fairy tales weren't being done, "no one knew what to do with it" - and the flopping of The Brothers Grimm only exacerbated matters. It wasn't until the commercial success of Alice in Wonderland (2010) that it was finally greenlit.
  • Throw It In: During one scene, Kristen Stewart accidentally punched Chris Hemsworth in the eye. The take is used in the film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Felicity Jones was offered the role of Snow White when the filmmakers were planning to cast an unknown actress in the main role. Others considered were Alicia Vikander, Bella Heathcote and Riley Keough. Eventually they went with Kristen Stewart, who was the highest paid actress in Hollywood the year the film came out.
    • The Huntsman was scripted to be an older character - with actors such as Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen being considered. Likewise the kiss that wakes up Snow White was planned to be a symbol of fatherly/familial love, meaning this movie nearly got there before Once Upon a Time, Frozen, and Maleficent.
    • Winona Ryder was the first choice for Ravenna, but she declined. Angelina Jolie was also offered the role, which Maleficent would have made Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • The poisoned apple scene followed the original fairy tale in the first draft, with Ravenna appearing as an old woman. However the director felt that was too standard, and instead came up with Ravenna disguising herself as William instead.
    • At one point the dwarfs were each going to be named after a Roman emperor: Caesar, Nero, Tiberius, Constantine, Claudius, Trajan, Hadrian, and Gus, presumably short for Augustus. In the finished film, Gus's name is the only relic of this concept, as the others all have Celtic names instead.