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With the exception of a loin cloth and a few pieces of jewelry, Patricia Velasquez's costume consists entirely of body paint which took 14 hours to apply.
When King Tutankhamen's tomb was found on November 4, 1922, the person in charge was George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Along with him was his daughter, Lady Evelyn Carnarvon. Rachel Weisz's character is named Evelyn Carnahan. Originally, her character was meant to be Evelyn Carnarvon. She and her brother were to be the children of the "cursed" Lord Carnarvon. The only evidence of this left in the film is in the line where Evelyn tells O'Connell that her father was a "very, very famous explorer". The Mummy novelization goes into a bit more detail on her back story.
The library disaster was done in one take. It would have taken an entire day to re-shoot if a mistake had been made.
According to director Stephen Sommers, Universal phoned him the morning after this movie was released and said, "We need another one."
The white nightgown Evelyn wore when the ship was attacked became transparent when it got wet and had to be digitally painted white during post production so the film could keep its PG-13 rating.
Brendan Fraser passed out while filming because the noose around his neck was too tight.
An Egyptologist was brought in to phonetically render what Ancient Egyptian might have sounded like for the dialogue.
The opening voice-over was originally intended to be read by Imhotep. Director Stephen Sommers later realized that Imhotep wouldn't be able to speak English, and gave the voice-over to Ardeth Bay instead.
In 2004, Universal Studios theme parks (Hollywood and Orlando) opened their "Revenge of the Mummy" rides based on both this movie and "The Mummy Returns" (2001). The rides became so popular, the lines would stretch into the main park with riders waiting for hours in the hot California or Florida sun. To alleviate the stress of waiting, when the lines would move, fans of the movie would wearily chant "Im-ho-tep. Im-ho-tep. Im-ho-tep." as the hypnotized townspeople do halfway through the movie.
In one scene, Beni is shown with a sackful of gold which he is trying to load onto a camel, and Beni pulls the camel by the reins but the camel doesn't budge; the camels all, for some reason, hated Kevin J. O'Connor.
"Imhotep" was actually the name of the architect who developed the first pyramids in ancient Egypt, most notably the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara around 2600 BC. His ability was such that he was later said to have descended from the gods. His name means "one who comes in peace"
Director Stephen Sommers came up with the gag of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) saving Rick (Brendan Fraser) from two gunshots on the burning boat the night before they filmed the scene.
The Medjai were originally supposed to be tattooed from head to toe, but Stephen Sommers vetoed against it because he thought Oded Fehr was "too good-looking" to be covered up.
A cloak lent by the British costume rental company Angels and worn by an extra in this film was discovered to have in fact been made for Alec Guinness when he played Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
Leonardo DiCaprio was rumoured to have been offered the role of Rick O'Connell. It's believed DiCaprio was said to have loved the script and wanted to be in the film, however he had already agreed to star in The Beach (2000). It's also been said that DiCaprio asked if The Beach could be delayed so he could film The Mummy, but producers refused. Ironically, filming of The Beach was delayed anyway.
While filming, John Hannah sprained his wrist and had to wear a brace on it, which shows up during his final scenes.
It was originally planned to open the film with the old black and white Universal logo that had been used at the beginning of The Mummy (1932) which would dissolve into the blazing desert sun.
During the filming of the scene in which hail and fire fall down on Cairo, dried dog food was painted white and used as balls of hail, thrown down on the set.
The scene in the beginning where Imhotep is mummified freaked out actor Arnold Vosloo. He had to be in bandages for four hours to film the scenes where he's wrapped in bandages and put in his tomb.
The scene in which the scarabs come from the sands to chase the explorers was done by using an air compressor on the set that went off to simulate the insects' emerging from the sand.
Jonathan Hyde's close-up scene during the locust swarm had to be re-shot several times; he could not keep a straight face with so many locusts crawling all over him.
The scenes showing the Cairo streets were shots of a souk in Marrakesh that was so expansive that the actors and crew were warned not to wander too far from the set or risk getting lost.
The prison scene was shot entirely at an apartment complex in Marrakech.
The line "think of my children!" given by Beni in the scene aboard the riverboat was ad-libbed by Kevin J. O'Connor.
Kevin J. O'Connor had been roughed up so much during the filming of the scene with Beni in the Egyptologist's office that he was badly bruised and his nipples had to be iced afterward.
During the scene when Imhotep is raising the sandstorm in the desert, the camera had to quickly pan up; the wind machines being used kept blowing Arnold Vosloo's cape up, exposing his backside.
Despite the name, the title character was never mummified. His followers were, but he was subjected to a very different death.
In the original script, Evy was supposed to say, "He's gorgeous" when she first sees the fully resurrected Imhotep. The line was filmed, but removed from the final cut.
Ardeth Bay, an anagram of Death By Ra, is the name of a sworn protector of mankind from the mummy Imhotep. However, in The Mummy (1932), Ardath Bey is the alter-ego of the mummy Imhotep (played by Boris Karloff) when he attempts to pass for a modern Egyptian (note the difference in the spelling of both names).
When Clive Barker was attached to the project, The film was intended to be a low budget horror film. Barker's vision for the film was violent, with the story revolving around the head of a contemporary art museum who turns out to be a cultist trying to reanimate mummies. George A. Romero was brought in with a vision of a zombie-style horror movie similar to Night of the Living Dead (1968), but this was considered too scary.
In the scene on the riverboat, Beni is thrown overboard and into the river by O'Connell; during filming, Kevin J. O'Connor helped Brendan Fraser to appear as though he was throwing him overboard by jumping up.
The plastic dummies used as dessicated corpses in the film to represent the Mummy's victims are the same as those used in the cult 1980s sci-fi film Lifeforce (1985). One character even refers to the Mummy sucking the 'lifeforce' out of people.
The white cat seen in Evelyn's apartment is given no name in the film, but in the movie novelisation the cat's name is revealed to be Cleo.
For the television broadcast version of the film, a small bikini was painted onto Anck-su-namun's body.
The building used for the Cairo Museum was an actual government building in Marrakesh.
The last cinema film of Bernard Fox.
The locusts shown in the scene at Hamunaptra were mostly computer-generated, but a number of live grasshoppers were used for the shot; the grasshoppers were chilled in a refrigerator to make them more sluggish and easy to film.
In some scenes, characters who speak Arabic can be heard saying the same lines with different subtitles. This isn't as much a mistake as it is a throwback to the hero movies of old, in which foreign characters would say their lines in a different language to put up the illusion that they were speaking in said language.
Because of the 130 degree heat in the desert, medical staff were on hand at all times to provide the cast and crew with a specially concocted rehydration formula to avoid fainting.
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell and Matthew McConaughey were considered for the role of Rick O'Connell.
The shots of Giza port were shot in England and edited digitally to show the pyramids and Nile.
The name of Oded Fehr's character, Ardeth Bay, isn't used once throughout the entire movie until the end credits. It isn't until the next movie, The Mummy Returns (2001), that his name is used aloud.
The children shown in the shots of the Bedouin trading outpost, as well as the shots of the Royal Air Force runways were local Marrakesh children.
The presence of living scarabs after centuries of isolation from food sources was better explained in an early version of the script; Imhotep was cursed to live forever when some of the sacred scarabs force themselves down his throat; and by eating him, the scarabs themselves were also cursed with everlasting life.
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This was the first theatrical film to be broadcast on the WB television network.
Blixa Bargeld, of the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, is credited as having provided the "spirit voices".
Before Brendan Fraser, the role of Rick' O'Connel was offered to Sylvester Stallone.
Omid Djalili's film debut.
A different take of Ardeth Bay's introduction scene on top of the mountain was used later in the film when O'Connell and crew are crossing the desert at night. This time, the lighting was adjusted accordingly.
The scene of the Cairo Prison was shot on the very first day of filming in Marrakesh.
Brendan Fraser's camel during filming was named Barney.
In real life, Imhotep was actually the man behind building the first pyramids and was mentioned on the pharaoh's tomb with high regard. He was given God status amd was highly praised for his work
One of the unforeseen problems with shooting in the desert was that the sand would cause all the guns to jam. The firing of the weapons would be later filled in ILM.
Stephen Sommers cast Rachel Weisz after seeing her performance in The Land Girls (1998).
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Anna Friel was considered for the role of Evelyn Carnahan.
$20 million of the film's budget was set aside for the elaborate special effects.
Clive Barker, Joe Dante and George A. Romero were each attached to direct at different points.
John Sayles did an uncredited rewrite.
When Jonathan accidentally brings the military mummies to life and they go after O'Connell, Brendan Fraser runs across skeletons that are floating in water to get away from the mummies while making the same sort of noise that his character George makes from George of the Jungle.
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Kevin J. O'Connor, who plays Beni, previously appeared in Law & Order: The Troubles (1991), in Law & Order's first season. That episode, like this movie, features a character named O'Connell who is generally addressed by surname only.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The character Ardeth Bay was originally scripted to die at the end of the film. This was changed by director Stephen Sommers because he though the character was "too heroic to be killed off."
During the filming of the scene with scarabs eating his brain, Omid Djalili acted out his character's pain so much that he had ended up tearing his own shorts off.
The scene where Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) has Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) chained to a sacrificial slab to resurrect Anck-Su-Namun took nine days to film.
The lever-triggered slowly settling stone megaliths with sand pouring out like water, from which the characters must escape or be entombed alive, are based upon Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs (1955), where Pharaoh Cheops's tomb is constructed to be sealed in this manner after he is placed within. Historically no such sophisticated engineering technology was ever employed.
The location shown in the scene where Imhotep and his minions corner the protagonists was an actual entrance to a thirteenth-century graveyard in Marrakesh. In the shots of the graveyard entrance, a manhole cover was used for the surviving protagonists to escape; the manhole was constructed for the film and had a large pad inside so that the actors would land on the pad and not hurt themselves.
Look closely when Imhotep is strangling O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) just before his immortality is taken away from him; O'Connell's face is turning blue from asphyxiation.
The scene where O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) saves Evelyn from the sacrificial slab was filmed with Fraser fighting against invisible mummies. He meticulously choreographed his every movement, and all mummies were later added to the shot with computer-generated imagery, matching his moves.
A scene deleted from the film showed Rick, Evelyn and Jonathan crossing a field full of skeletons (belonging to Rick's fellow soldiers from the foreign legion and other fortune-seekers) before entering Hamunaptra. Another sequence that was cut occurred while Rick and Jonathan are trying to pry the chest containing the Book of Amun-Ra from the statue of Horus: suddenly, several mummies break through the floor and attack, but they quickly turn their attention to the chest. They open it and are immediately doused by pressurized acid. This scene explains why a hole in the floor suddenly appears between shots in the movie.

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