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The Wolfman (2010) Poster

(2010)

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When Rick Baker, who became a makeup artist because of films like The Wolf Man (1941), heard that this film was being made he was working on the Universal film Norbit (2007), he went into an executive's office to tell them he had to do the makeup.
The bear owned by the gypsies is actually recycled animation from The Golden Compass (2007). The Polar Bear was changed into a Grizzly for this film.
Inspector Francis Abberline is based on Frederick Abberline, a Scotland Yard Inspector that investigated London's 'Jack the Ripper' murders in 1888, a case which is alluded to in the film. This fantasy version of him very much resembles the one in From Hell (2001).
Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman make-up took approximately 3 hours to apply and 1 hour to remove.
Shot in 2008, not released until 2010.
This the second remake of a Universal monster movie involving Anthony Hopkins. His first was Francis Ford Coppola's remake of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) as the vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
The film was made into a haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in Orlando Florida.
Many actors, including Gene Simmons and David Lee Roth, were called in to do the Wolfman's howls.
Benicio Del Toro is a huge fan of the original film, and remained attached to the remake ever since it was first announced in 2006 and passed through the hands of several directors.
Was at first slated to hit cinemas in 2007, but difficulties to find a director made this release date impossible. Then a new release date was set for February 2009, then November 2009 and then finally February 2010.
The way Sir John plays the harmonica while walking through the halls of the asylum was Anthony Hopkins' idea.
The extended cut of the film begins with the Universal Pictures logo that was being used in 1941, when the original The Wolf Man (1941) came out, but the original fanfare theme is not heard.
Robert Rodriguez described the long hair Benicio Del Toro used to play Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005) as "Wolf Man hair".
Joe Johnston signed on to make the film three weeks ahead of principal photography. This late start was one of the main reasons why he employed CGI in the werewolf transformations as there simply wasn't time to design new make-up effects.
Costume designer, Milena Canonero based The Wolfman costume on the werewolf's (Oliver Reed) costume in The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). Most noticeable between the two is the open shirt.
This is Benicio Del Toro's second time playing a "wolfman". His very first feature film role was that of a "dog-faced boy" in Pee Wee Herman's Big Top Pee-wee (1988). Both films had music scored by Danny Elfman, and were slammed by critics as weaker imitations of earlier films.
Among the numerous directors in line to take up the position after Mark Romanek's departure were Brett Ratner, Frank Darabont, James Mangold, Bill Condon, Martin Campbell and, the ultimate choice, Joe Johnston.
One scene involving frozen corpses was shot in the village of Lacock in Wiltshire which is conserved by Britain's National Trust organization. Universal donated £5000 to the Trust in return for letting them film there.
Is one of two werewolf films to win the Academy Award for Best Makeup (awarded in 2011 to Rick Baker and Dave Elsey). The first was An American Werewolf in London (1981) also given to Baker.
Lawrence Talbot is haunted by memories of his mother's death when he was young. Benicio Del Toro's own mother died when he was nine.
Danny Elfman was the original composer on the film and recorded a complete score inspired by Wojciech Kilar's score for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). His score was rejected as it did not fit the new tone of the film after several re-shoots and delays. Paul Haslinger was supposed to replace him, but Universal pulled the plug on that, and decided to re-instate Elfman's gothic score.
Rick Baker had based his design of the Wolfman of Jack P. Pierce's design on the original The Wolf Man (1941), and also on wolves and apes in books and his old dog Boscoe which he done his first Academy Award winning work for An American Werewolf in London (1981).
This is the first film Joe Johnston has directed to be rated R.
The "Ancient Gypsy Lore" text that Gwen Conliffe is shown reading are the two pages "Luxorious - Luzan" from 'Encyclopedia Britannica'.
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Talbot Manor is really Chatsworth House located in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England (though with some digital embellishments).
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When he meets the gypsies, Lawrence rescues a woman searching frantically for her daughter. The daughter is named Maria after Maria Ouspenskaya who played Maleva in The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
Hugo Weaving first appears about 1/3 of the way into the movie.
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The poem that Sir John Talbot reads is Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Cloud (1820): "That orbed maiden with white fire laden, whom mortals call the Moon."
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During a 2011 speech at the Savannah Film Festival, Ron Meyer, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios, said that The Wolfman was one of the two worst movies that Universal had ever made; the other one he singled out was Babe: Pig in the City (1998).
Mark Romanek was going to direct but left the project over budget disagreements.
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When Lawrence is strapped to the chair in the room of observers, it is very similar to a scene in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), another Anthony Hopkins picture.
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Early in pre-production, Canadian theatre actor Mason Shumaker was considered for the role of Lawrence Talbot/Wolfman. However, director Joe Johnston eventually thought that Shumaker was too young for the part, and the studio wanted to go with a more bankable name.
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Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry wrote novelization of the script, released by Tor Books.
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David Schofield also played the dart player in American Werewolf in London. Both moves have the make-up design by Rick Baker.
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Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt would later go on to star together in Sicario (2015).
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Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Del Toro plays The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Hopkins plays Odin in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Weaving plays Johann Shmidt/Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
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Cameo 

Rick Baker: Makeup artist appears as the gypsy man who whistles prior to the werewolf attack on the gypsy camp.
Max von Sydow: Seen only in the director's cut in an uncredited cameo, he plays a character who says he purchased the silver-headed cane at Gevaudan "lifetimes ago". Gevaudan (a French county now renamed Lozere) was famous for a series of attacks on humans in the 1760s, attributed to a werewolf-like "Beast of Gevaudan," elaborated on in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When The Wolfman is being chased in London he jumps off a building and lands on a policeman. This was accomplished with real actors and not CGI.
In this film Lawrence (Benicio Del Toro) kills Sir John (Anthony Hopkins). In the original The Wolf Man (1941) Sir John (Claude Rains) kills Lawrence (Lon Chaney Jr.).
The only makeup effect that Rick Baker did not have anything to do with was the feral mountain boy who bites Sir John. The reason for this is because he felt it was a mistake to show it the way seen in the film. Roz Abery designed that makeup.
Lawrence is first seen becoming the Wolfman around the movie's halfway point.
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Two other endings were filmed but not used. In one Lawrence bites Gwen on the neck before she shoots him with the silver bullet. She looks up and stares at the moon as he dies. In the other ending Gwen does not manage to shoot Lawrence before she dies from his attack and he stands up and stares directly at the camera and growls. Ultimately the decision was made to have Gwen shoot Lawrence and escape unharmed.
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