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EASTER EGG: On the DVD Special Features menu, go to 'On The Set with Secondhand Lions' and then press left. A short bloopers reel is shown with Haley Joel Osment and Nicky Katt in the barn.
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Haley Joel Osment was attacked by the pig during filming. The lion had numerous trainers and handlers, but no one thought the pig might be a menace.
Haley Joel Osment went through puberty during filming. As the film progresses, you can hear his voice getting deeper, especially at the end.
In the fight scene with Robert Duvall against the four teens, one of the actors, Travis Willingham, was hit three times in the face by Duvall. Due to a miscommunication, Duvall reportedly told him afterward, he thought that Willingham was a stunt man and that he, Duvall, was supposed to hit him. The cut used was the final one when Travis' nose finally started to bleed.
The ending was re-shot due to negative test-screening feedback. The re-shot cost $600,000. The original ending is available on the DVD.
EASTER EGG: On the special features side of the DVD, go to the deleted scenes section. While at the top of the list, press the "up" button on your remote control and a star will appear and be highlighted. Press the "Okay" button and a clip of outtakes will come on showing all of the filmmakers' attempts at trying to put the rooster on the pig.
Tim McCanlies wrote the lion as a female, because he thought it would be easier to keep under control than a male lion. It wasn't until production began that he found out that female lions were actually much more ferocious than male lions.
Although Jasmine the Lion is frequently said to be old and weary, Taureg, who played Jasmine, was a young lioness, less than two years old (lions in captivity can live up to 20-22 years). This is stated in the DVD special features.
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Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County) drew the cartoons you see on the adult Walter's desk.
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Haley Joel Osment was contracted without knowing which studio would make the movie and who were the other main leads. This was against standard Hollywood practice and surprised Eugene Osment (Haley's father and manager) at first, but he agreed to "use" his son to get the remainder of the cast and the studio.
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According to the postage stamp on the envelope of the letter Walter gets from Mae, the movie takes place during the summer of 1962.
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When Walter was wrestling with Jasmine, a female stunt double named Marie played Walter with her hair cut really short when shooting the scenes with the real lion. When Haley Joel Osment plays Walter, you can see behind the head that it is the puppet lion.
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Deleted scenes (included on the DVD release) include actor Bo Brinkman.
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The lion in the movie is a mixture of reality and puppetry. Like in one scene where Hub, Garth, & Walter were looking at it, they weren't really looking at the lion. From inside the crate, they were looking at the puppet lion moving the head like it was actually moving.
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Michael Cain has said that early in his career he once held Sean Connery's hat while he fought and beat four men in a nightclub single-handedly. This may be the inspiration for the scene in which Robert Duvall's character also fights and defeats four men single handedly while Cain and Osment watch.
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Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense (1999)) lost to Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules (1999)) in the Best Supporting Actor category at The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000).
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The shoulder patch on the uniform of the Sheriff who meets with adult Walter shows Copeland, Texas, (not Comal County, Texas). This helps account for the missing letters (not enough room for Comal County, which does not display on sheriff patches) and the fact that corn does not do well in South Texas black clay in Comal County, but does do much better in North Texas red clay near Smith County (where Copeland is).
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The house used for filming is the same house used in "Transformers 4" as well as a small number of other movies.
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This would be the second of two projects involving Haley Joel Osment and Berkeley Breathed. The first was the animated short Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (2000).
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