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Ethan's failure to recite the Charles Bukowski poem was actually Alden Ehrenreich having difficulty remembering the order of the lines and making Alice Englert laugh. He performed the poem perfectly in all other takes. But Director Richard LaGravenese liked the idea of a "Romeo" trying to impress a "Juliet" and screwing up the poetry.
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In the "snow sequence", the song playing over the scene - "Needle and Thread" - was written and recorded by Alice Englert in her hotel room in New Orleans during pre-production. Director Richard LaGravenese wanted it for the movie.
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The poetry on the walls and ceiling of Lena's room are sourced from four poets: William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Rumi.
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The role of Amma is actually a combination of two roles from the book; Amma, a housekeeper/Seer, and Marian, a librarian and Ethan's late mother's best friend. Screenwriter/director Richard LaGravenese combined the two parts in the hope of attracting a great actress. 'Viola Davis' was his first and only choice for the role.
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The title derives from what Macon Ravenwood thought of the human race in the novel. Macon dresses like a Southern gentleman.
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Director Richard LaGravenese wanted as little green screen as possible. In the Caster holiday dinner sequence, the set was built so that the table would spin with the actors on bolted chairs. The floor beneath the table would also spin, in the opposite direction, with Alice Englert and Emmy Rossum strapped to "parade float" stands. The entire set was built on hydraulics so it could be rocked. On a speed scale of 1 to 10, the actors are spinning at an 8. The sequence took three days to shoot. LaGravenese, a victim of motion sickness, took Dramamine to direct it.
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In the books Macon Ravenwood is an Incubus (demon believed to have intercourse with sleeping women) or a vampire. However, in the film he is portrayed as a powerful caster.
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J.D. Evermore appeared as Ethan's father Mitchell Wate, but was cut from the film.
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The Caster Chronicles have some nominal similarities to the Twilight Saga, e.g. they're both set in a small town; a relationship between a human and a supernatural being; the human drawn into a vampire/witch war with their families, etc. But the two series have their differences as well, e.g. the novel Beautiful Creatures pointedly says there are no such things as vampires and werewolves, both of which appear in the Twilight Saga; Stephenie Meyer promoted chastity and the sanctity of marriage, while Beautiful Creatures favours tolerance and understanding of anything different, etc.
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Jack O'Connell was cast as Ethan Wate but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Alden Ehrenreich.
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In the film Macon Ravenwood is compared to Boo Radley from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. When Ethan sneaks into Lena's (and Macon's) house Macon is seen hiding behind a door. In To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley is found hiding behind a door in Gem's room after rescuing him.
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Filming in Louisiana was temporarily halted due to a tornado warning.
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There are several characters from the book that didn't make it into the movie - Macon's wolf/dog, Boo, Lena's little girl cousin, Ryan (who was a healer), Ethan's "Aunt" Marian (her character was combined with Amma), Ethan's great aunts (Prue, Grace, etc..), and his Father. These characters play significant roles in the novel.
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The original score is the first composed by the band Thenewno2 - Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks and 'Jonathon Sadoff'. The band began creating the score at Friar Park Studios Henley-on-Thames. The guitar solo on the love theme at the burning Gatlin sign is the same guitar used in (Dhani's father) George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". The score was recorded at Abbey Road in Studio 2.
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In the second installment of the "Beautiful Creatures" book series "Beautiful Darkness". While attempting to aid Ethan in saving Lena, Ethan's best friend Link sums up what they will be up against. To which Link ends with "... and last I checked, Han Solo wasn't around". In 2018, Alden Ehrenreich, who portrays Ethan Wate, stars in Disney's Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) as Han Solo.
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The second film to feature both Viola Davis and Thomas Mann, after 2010's It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010).
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In the sequence at the movies, a cartoon is shown briefly on the movie house screen. The music accompanying this was used as the theme to BBC News bulletins in the 1970's.
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In the scene where Ethan is climbing down from Lena's window, Lena says "Jerk!" And Ethan responds "Witch!" A possible nod to Supernatural (2005) where Sam (Jared Padalecki) is constantly saying "Jerk!" and Dean (Jensen Ackles) replies with "B**ch!".
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Based off of the novel written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Director Richard LaGravenese helped to adapt the women's novel into a screenplay.
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The original The Haunting (1963) is being watched in the movie.
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In the opening, Ethan runs past the Ritz theater which is playing "Interception" (2009) with Leo DiCaprio. This is incorrect but not a goof. Ethan's voice over says that the movie theater always gets the titles wrong. and they have; if this is a Leo DiCaprio film it should read "Inception" (2010).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

All the caster's have different types of basic caster powers. Lena is a Natural (can control the elements, but her powers are virtually limitless), Ridley is a Siren (can control and influence people, especially males), Sarafine is a Cataclyst (a Natural except dark), Aunt Del is a Palimpsest (someone who reads time), Gramma is an Empath (can copy another casters powers for a short time), Genevieve was also a Natural/Cataclyst, and Macon has a form of telepathy, among other things.
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Despite getting top billing as Ridley Duchannes, Emmy Rossum's screen time amounts to barely 15 minutes.
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