Follow TV Tropes

Following

Trivia / Trance

Go To

  • Ability over Appearance: James McAvoy was cast in Trance (and Filth) despite the directors initially believing he looked wrong for the role.
    "What's strange is that both those movies, the director thought I wasn't right for it, thought I was too young to do it, didn't have enough darkness," the actor reflected on the two roles. "And yet, for some reason, when I went in and auditioned for Danny [Boyle] and then had a conversation with [Filth director] Jon S. Baird, they seemed to change their mind."
  • Actor Allusion:
      Advertisement:
    • At one point, Simon gets the drop on Franck by walloping him in the head with a nearby fire extinguisher. Vincent Cassel, who played Franck, had previously beaten a man's head to a pulp with a fire extinguisher in Irreversible.
    • James McAvoy's character in Penelope had a gambling addiction as well. The climatic scene where Simon murders Franck's lackeys is also very reminiscent of Wanted.
  • Fan Nickname: "Simon the Evil Bunny" because the character fits the Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon trope to a tee.
  • Playing Against Type: James McAvoy is almost always associated with sympathetic characters, but as Simon Newton, he portrays a homicidal Domestic Abuser.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Michael Fassbender was initially cast as Franck before he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Considering the magnificent chemistry Fassbender and James McAvoy had in X-Men: First Class, it makes you wonder if Fassbender's participation would have affected the dynamic between Franck and Simon. Colin Firth was briefly considered.
    • Advertisement:
    • Danny Boyle had revealed in his commentary for Steve Jobs that before Michael Fassbender had left Trance, the actor was pushing for the character of Elizabeth to be gender-flipped so that he could play the role instead. James McAvoy was already cast as Simon, and Elizabeth and Simon had previously been involved in a therapist/patient affair, so that means Fassbender wanted one of the central relationships to be a homosexual one, and he was willing to film sex scenes with McAvoy.
    • Scarlett Johansson, Mélanie Thierry, Eva Green and Zoe Saldana were considered for Elizabeth.
    • Danny Boyle originally wanted to set the film in New York City, but his commitment to the Olympic Ceremony meant he had to stay in the UK.
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report