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  • Several A-List Actors Were Offered The Titular Role on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#7) Several A-List Actors Were Offered The Titular Role

    Johnny Depp, who had been pigeonholed as a teen heartthrob thanks to his role on 21 Jump Street, was not director Tim Burton's first choice to play Edward. Fox wanted a big name, like Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks, to draw in bigger audiences. Other big names, like Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey, also became interested in the film. Burton, however, wasn't keen on casting a well-known actor, and after seeing Depp's work, he was sold.

    Even after he was cast, Depp was afraid that other actors who had been put up for the role, like Tom Hanks, would come in and replace him. He recounted how he thought he'd be fired two weeks into filming Edward Scissorhands:

    I can remember when we were doing Scissorhands we were living in this sort of resort, some kind of country club thing, and there was a knock on the door... one afternoon while everyone was off rehearsing. There were two young girls at the door and I thought, 'Oh, they found me and maybe they want me to sign something, I don't know.'

    So, I opened the door and said, 'How do you do?' and they said, 'Hi. Is Tom Hanks here? Does he live here?' I said, 'What? No. Not yet.' And I was convinced that Hanks would be replacing me. I was convinced. It was one of the most frightening moments in my career.

  • Thompson Partially Based Edward On Her Dog on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#9) Thompson Partially Based Edward On Her Dog

    Screenwriter Caroline Thompson revealed an intriguing piece of trivia to Variety while discussing the film on its 15th anniversary. "Edward’s character was based on my dog. People love their dogs, so just think of him as the best dog you ever had!," she said. 

    Thompson explained why she based Edward Scissorhands on her Border Collie to Pop Sugar:

    Edward was based on Tim. It's kind of a love letter to Tim, but most of his attributes were based on my dog. I had this beautiful Border Collie mix when I was in college. When I was 18, I took this dog to college with me and she had a presence and a character. I swear to God if she had a larynx, she would've talked. I mean, she was that involved in my success. She was everywhere I was, sitting next to me and enjoying everything I was enjoying, but not able to quite do it because she was a dog. And that's how Edward is. He's just sort of like, 'Uhhh, OK I want to be here, but how?'

  • The Film Marked Vincent Price's Final Theatrical Appearance on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#11) The Film Marked Vincent Price's Final Theatrical Appearance

    Director Tim Burton had long been an admirer of horror legend Vincent Price before he worked with him in Edward Scissorhands. 

    Burton was obsessed with Price as a child, and he told the Los Angeles Times about Price's profound impact on him:

    I can’t tell you what [Price] meant to me growing up. This sounds dramatic but he helped me live... When you’re a child and a teenager it’s not unusual to go through a melodramatic phase. Some people find release through heavy metal or whatever. But by watching [Price’s] films, there was a catharsis for me. You’re not just watching a low-budget Edgar Allan Poe movie, there’s something else there that’s not on the screen. I channeled my melodrama into that, as opposed to [self-destruction] probably.

    Burton wrote the role of the Inventor - the man who creates Edward - specifically for Price. It was Price's last role before he passed in 1993 at the age of 82. 

  • A Producer Of The Film Felt It Was Fox's Answer To 'E.T.' on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#13) A Producer Of The Film Felt It Was Fox's Answer To 'E.T.'

    The studio released Edward Scissorhands in December 1990, in time for the holiday season. Just before release, Fox Chairman Joe Roth told the Los Angeles Times they had high hopes for the film, even likening it to E.T.: "I hate to use the word 'E.T.' - that’s sacrilege... We have to let it find its place. We want to be careful not to hype the movie out of the universe."

    While the studio opted not to market it as aggressively as E.T., it did go on to be both a critical darling and box office success.

  • Edward Originated As A Drawing Tim Burton Made As A Teenager on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#1) Edward Originated As A Drawing Tim Burton Made As A Teenager

    When screenwriter Caroline Thompson first met director Tim Burton about Edward Scissorhands, all he gave her was a drawing of the titular character he created as a teenager. From this, Thompson dreamed up the character so adored by fans today.

    Burton opened up to The Guardian about how his teenaged creation took shape as a full-fledged film protagonist:

    [He] was based on a feeling of touching and communication, and I, I, I've gotten better at all that, but if you're lonely, you can grow up and have 20 million friends and be Mr Touchy-Feely, but you still have that feeling because it doesn't leave you. So I think it's those things you think you're exorcising, but you don't, really. Some feelings never leave you.

  • The Film's Color Palette Was Partially Inspired By Leningrad on Random Fascinating Stories From Making Of 'Edward Scissorhands'

    (#3) The Film's Color Palette Was Partially Inspired By Leningrad

    Edward's outsider status is amplified by the film's candy-colored palette - literally. The film's art director, Tom Duffield, told Dazed that the film's signature hues were inspired by the chalky candy Necco Wafers.

    Duffield's reason for selecting these colors isn't as sweet as the inspiration might make it seem, however; he and production designer Bo Welch were going for "if Leningrad had an American-type housing complex:"

    That [Necco Wafers] is where we got the basis for the colors for the houses.We wanted to make it a totally controlled neighborhood. Everything was totally controlled: the colors, the look. That’s one of the great things about working for Tim, because he lets you have total control.

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Edward Scissorhands is a popular and classic fantasy romance film starring Johnny Depp, Winona Reid, and other stars. The movie tells a tragic fairy tale about Edward Scissorhands falling in love with his lover but unable to be together. As the most successful movie in 1990, it won many international awards and praise. Edward Scissorhands was inspired by a painting created by director Tim Bolton when he was a teenager. 

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