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To give star Tom Hanks an idea of how a 12 year-old would behave, director Penny Marshall filmed each "grown-up" scene with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part, who then copied David Moscow's behavior.
According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.
Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Josh Baskin but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the films Dragnet (1987) and Punchline (1988). Robert De Niro was then offered the lead role, and was rejected because his salary demand ($6 million) was too high. Tom Hanks then became available and accepted the lead role for $2 million. David Moscow was originally cast not as young Josh, but as Billy, since he didn't look like Robert De Niro. When Tom Hanks was given the role, David Moscow was recast as young Josh.
Penny Marshall became the first female director to ever direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million at the box office with this movie.
Director Penny Marshall contacted the creator of the 'Walking Piano' and said she needed one built large enough for two grown men to use since the real toys are understandably much smaller.
Robert Loggia's character is based on then FAO Schwarz CEO Peter Harris. The character is a youthful, albeit goofy, retailer, true to Harris' own charisma.
John Travolta was one of director Marshall's top choices for Josh Baskin, and he wanted to do it, but the studio didn't want him, considering him to be "box office poison" at the time.
Jared Rushton's (Billy) hair was dyed for the film. He's a natural blonde.
When Penny Marshall got the script for 'Big', nobody was interested in doing the movie. It was only when Robert De Niro announced he wanted the part of Josh that the script received attention from people wanting to do it.
In preparation for the role, Tom Hanks met David Moscow and studied videotapes of him to see how he behaved and spoke. Tom Hanks also felt that David Moscow should just be himself so that the Josh Baskin character persona would be that of a real 12-year-old.
David Moscow wore colored contact lenses to match the eye color of Tom Hanks.
According to Monica Rushton, Jared Rushton (Billy), David Moscow (little Josh) and Tom Hanks (big Josh) were put in a room with a bunch of toys to play with. Having silly string, they tried to use it to gross each other out and that is how the silly string scene between Jared Rushton and Tom Hanks appeared in the movie.
Along with 1987's Spaceballs (1987) and 1988's Caddyshack II (1988) and Beetlejuice (1988), notable for containing "the F word" in a film rated PG during the PG-13 era.
In the film, Josh comes up with the brilliant idea of robots that transform into prehistoric, giant insects. His description is nearly identical to the Insecticons, a group of robots from The Transformers toy line. The Insecticon toys were released three years before the film.
The computer game Josh plays in the film, "Cavern of the Evil Wizard", was not a real computer game. It was created for the film.
The building used as the toy company office is now a Home Depot hardware store.
Harrison Ford turned down the role of Josh Baskin.
The script was first developed in 1984.
For the two missing social security numbers on Joshua's employment application, he gives his age (12). Because he stammers, saying "Oh" twice, the interviewer thinks he gave a three-digit response, 0-1-2 (pronounced "oh-one-two"). Combined with the six-digit locker combination Billy gave him, this would appear to be a full social security number.
The "Walking Piano" used in the film's trademark scene was created by an Italian inventor named Remo Saraceni. Mr. Saraceni's many musical inventions grace children's organizations worldwide. As of 2008, his famous Walking Piano is currently being implemented into a piano instructional game called Piano Wizard made by Allegro Multimedia.
Debra Winger was original considered for the Susan Lawrence role but could not take the part because she was pregnant at the time. She recommended Elizabeth Perkins.
Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy" in June 2008.
The musical version of "Big" opened at the Shubert Theater on April 28, 1996, ran for 193 performances and was nominated for the 1996 Tony Awards for the Best Original Book and Score.
The film's budget was estimated at $17 million.
Frances Fisher was cast as Billy's mother but all of her scenes were deleted. Her scenes were reintroduced on the Extended Edition DVD.
The scenes in Josh's neighborhood were filmed in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The amusement park scene in the beginning of the movie where the wish was made was filmed at Ross Dock Picnic Area on the Hudson in Fort Lee. It is not an amusement park but was set up as one. The George Washington Bridge can be seen clearly in some of the shots. The scene at the end where he finds the machine were filmed on the pier at Rye Playland, in New York's Westchester County.
Dennis Quaid told Larry King that he turned down the part in "Big" because he wanted to do "Everybody's All American."
A comic book adaptation was released by Hit Comics in 1988.
Josh and Billy attend a Yankees game in July 1987. Tim Stoddard is pitching to Angel Salazar with Bo Jackson leading off first base.
Albert Brooks turned down the role of Josh Baskin.
The offices of an actual advertising agency on 23rd Street in the Chelsea district in New York City was used for the scenes involving the fictitious MacMillan Toys Company, which were very hard on both the film crew and the actual workers of the agency. The location fee of $25,000 was donated to the American Craft Museum by the agency and Twentieth Century-Fox.
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Gary Busey auditioned for the Josh Baskin role.
The toy of a robot disguised as a skyscraper that Josh plays with, is based on the "Transformers" toy franchise which Transformer robots disguises themselves as vehicles.
The football jersey Susan is wearing to bed is a NY Jets Jersey with #99 on it. At that time Mark Gastineau wore #99 for the Jets.
If you look closely behind the interviewer when Josh is being interviewed at McMillan's Toys, there is a poster of the 80s game "Whack Attack" by Mattel on the wall.
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Susan's car is a 1988 Subaru XT6.
The Zoltar wishing machine is based on fortune telling machines at video arcades and amusement parks, which you receive a card with a prediction of the reader's future.
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When Josh makes his wish on the Zoltar machine. The wind begins to blow when the Zoltar machine gives Josh the "Your wish is granted" card.
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