In Bruges (2008) Poster



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In the original script, Ray and Ken are English, but when Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson came on board, the characters were changed to Irish as to suit their natural sensibilities.
The painting that occasions comment even from Ray is "The Last Judgment" by Hieronymous Bosch. Bosch-like symbolism recurs throughout the movie (the dwarf is one example), suggesting that Ray and Ken may indeed encounter their own Last Judgment - or that the waiting period in Bruges is akin to purgatory.
In order to create the feeling of the holiday season, Christmas decorations were kept in some streets of Bruges until the end of March. The town council made an official communication to the people of Bruges explaining the reason why.
Except for the flashback, Ray wears a single outfit throughout the whole movie. While he does remove his jacket and unbutton his shirt, he has no other change of clothes. Ken, on the other hand, has several wardrobe changes.
Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were nominated for Golden Globes. Farrell won the award.
When Ray refers to the dwarf in Time Bandits (1981), he is thinking of actor David Rappaport, who committed suicide in 1990.
A scene was filmed which showed a young Harry brutally killing a police officer whilst in custody. This does not appear in the finished film.
The word 'fuck' and its derivatives are said 126 times in this 107-minute film, an average of 1.18 'fucks' per minute.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
When Pieter Lanchals was executed in 1488, Maximillian of Austria's punishment was that Bruges keep swans forever.
The scene in which Ray and Ken visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood is in fact filmed in the Jerusalem Church, Bruges, although the veneration of the relic discussed is accurate.
When the characters visit Groeningemuseum they are shown viewing paintings "Death and the Miser" by Jan Provoost (ca. 1515), "The Flaying of Sisamnes" by Gerard David (1498), "The martyrdom of St George" by Unknown artist (1500-1510), and "The Last Judgment" by Hieronymus Bosch (1482).
Because his head is disproportionally large compared to his body, Jordan Prentice is a dwarf, not a midget.
Ken and Ray check into the hotel under the names "Cranham & Blakely", presumably after actors Kenneth Cranham and Colin Blakely who played two hit-men in a television adaptation of Harold Pinter's The Dumbwaiter, one of the film's major influences.
The film has a total of 4 actors who also appeared together in the Harry Potter series: Ralph Fiennes (Harry), who plays Lord Voldemort; Brendan Gleeson (Ken), who plays Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody; Clémence Poésy (Chloe), who plays Fleur Delacour; Ciarán Hinds (The Priest), who plays Aberforth Dumbledore. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy all appear in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), though none of them share dialog together. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy again appear together in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), while Fiennes, Poesy, and Hinds all appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Fleur Delacour's re-appearance is also largely due to her marriage to Bill Weasley, who is played by Brendan Gleeson's son, Domhnall Gleeson.
"Bruges" is from the Flemish "Brugge," which is based on the Scandinavian word "Brygga" meaning port or landing.
Harry's strict moral code gets a further insight in a deleted scene, where a young version is played by actor Matt Smith, best known for his role as the 11th doctor in 'Doctor Who'. In it, Harry discovers his partner holding a dead woman in a club, so he marches into a police station and beheads the man who did it, a dirty detective. Ultimately, film makers decided to cut the scene, as the CGI decapitation looked fake.
According to Brendan Gleeson, it took 12 weeks to shoot the entire film, he mentioned on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Seth Meyers himself is admittedly a huge fan of the film.
It took two hours to film the brief, uncredited cameo of Ciarán Hinds.
In a deleted scene, Ray is discussing his date with Ken, and when Ken finds out that it will take place at a restaurant, he predicts correctly that it will turn out badly.
In one scene, Ray (Colin Farrell) fires a blank into a thug's eye, blinding it. In Tigerland (2000), Farrell's character fires a blank into a man's eye, but doesn't blind him.
Chloe refers to Ken as Richard Burton in a deleted scene.
Gleeson plays Madeye in Harry Potter. Colin Farrell is currently filming a Harry Potter spinoff.
Farrell mentions Time Bandits which is directed by Terry Gilliam. He was in his film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The last scene where Ray stumbles on to the set and he sees all the costumes: the imagery is akin to the paintings of the last judgement; the animal heads, animal skulls, peasant looking people. Plus the dwarf dressed as a schoolboy represents his sin right before he is shot (his judgement). However, he attempts to save Harry by telling him that the dwarf is not a child despite the fact that Harry tried to kill him, thus redeeming himself, so he lives. Plus he notes that waiting in Bruges may be hell for him, however it was more than likely Ken's idea of Heaven. The waiting in Bruges before his judgement may represent purgatory.
When Ken receives the phone call from Harry, the opening scene from Orson Welles' 'Touch of Evil' is playing on the TV, possibly one of the most famous scenes made with one continuous shot. From this point on, Ken's phone call with Harry is one continuous shot, in a homage to 'Touch of Evil'.
The screenplay contains a scene after the shoot out revealing, among other things, that Ray survived his wounds and the murdered boy's name is Tobias.
In a deleted scene, Ray and Ken are lying in their beds discussing Ray's murder of the priest and the little boy. Ray ponders over why he was sent to kill the priest, guessing it was likely pedophilia. Ken counters that Harry was behind a land-buying deal that the priest opposed. These two explanations are coincidentally two different motives that are suggested for the archbishop's murder in Primal Fear (1996).
During Ken's suicide scene, the coins that he drops (to clear the way) before jumping are the same coins he tried to use earlier in the film when trying to gain access to the same tower, but was instead told he had to pay in notes. Therefore if he had been let into the tower earlier using coins instead of notes, he wouldn't have been able to jump at all.
Ken is never seen killing anyone on-screen (except himself) despite his profession as a hitman. Although given a gun to kill Ray on the orders of Harry over a botched hit, Ken fails to complete this task after preventing Ray's suicide attempt.

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