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Winter's Tale (2014) Poster

(2014)

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There was one report where Martin Scorsese had originally purchased the film rights to Winter's Tale, but he backed out, deeming it "unfilmable".
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Steven Spielberg bought the film rights in 1983, soon after the book was released.
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Hans Zimmer had written most of the music for Winter's Tale (2014) before he had to leave to finish writing music for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired by his friend Zimmer to write the remaining score and to collaborate with him on the whole score, overall.
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Tom Hiddleston, Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Luke Evans, Liam Hemsworth, and Benjamin Walker were considered for the role of Peter Lake before Colin Farrell was cast.
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Akiva Goldsman's movie directing debut.
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When Peter's parents are lowering him from the ship in 1895, the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the background, with the brown copper color it had.
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When questioned by the Los Angeles Times about why Warner Bros. believed that he's the right man to write and direct the film, Akiva Goldsman replied: "I'm the kind of romantic that likes to find the meaning in things. Just in its natural course, life is sufficiently hard. And if you can find the hope underneath that, that there is connectedness and some reason to it, then there's some comfort in that. That's what I've learned anyway. And I think that feeling is in the movie."
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According to Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe personally choreographed most of their fight scenes.
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Rhythm and Hues, the visual effects company were hired to create the visual effects before it went bankrupt in 2013. Framestore, the special effects company was hired to complete the visual effects work.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Eva Marie Saint; and two Oscar nominees: Graham Greene and Will Smith.
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Based on the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin. He sold the movie rights to Steven Spielberg that same year.
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Bella Heathcote, Lily Collins, Sarah Gadon, Gabriella Wilde, and Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role of Beverly Penn.
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Will Smith (Judge) is not listed in the credits and the only actor who interacted with Smith in the movie was Russell Crowe. The other actors reportedly did not even see Smith during the filming. "It was my [idea]," Goldsman said. "I think the Devil needs to be very charismatic, I know no one more charismatic than Will." Per Yahoo Entertainment.
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Covered on How Did This Get Made episode 83.
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Final credit for director David R. Ellis, who directed the film's second unit photography before his death in January 2013.
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When Isaac Penn's photo on the newspaper is first seen in a framed newspaper on the wall of his mansion in 1916, the framed newspaper next to it has the headline "Lusitania Sunk", which describes the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania which happened a year before the scene takes place.
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The ship from which Peter's parents lower him into the water is called "Zvezda Rossii" (Star of Russia).
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Russell Crowe (Pearly Soames) and Norm Lewis (who has a cameo in the film as a librarian) have both played Inspector Javert in filmed versions of the musical "Les Misérables". Lewis played Javert in "Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary" (2010), while Crowe played him in the 2012 film adaptation directed by Tom Hooper.
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In the middle part of the film, Colin Farrell is sporting the same haircut as the Peaky Blinders (2013).
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