The Wolfman (2010) Poster



Inspector Francis Aberline (Hugo Weaving) is based on Frederick Abberline, a Scotland Yard Inspector that investigated London's Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. This fantasy version of him very much resembles the one in From Hell (2001).
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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.
Shot in 2008, not released until 2010.
Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman make-up took approximately three hours to apply and one hour to remove.
This is the first direct remake of a Universal monster movie involving Sir Anthony Hopkins. The Wolf Man (1941) was producd from an original screenplay. He was, however, in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation (not a remake) of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as the vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
When Rick Baker, who became a Make-up Artist because of films like The Wolf Man (1941), heard that this film was being made, he was working on Norbit (2007). He then went into an executive's office to tell them he had to do the make-up.
The way Sir John plays the harmonica while walking through the halls of the asylum, was Sir Anthony Hopkins' idea.
The film was made into a haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in Orlando, Florida.
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.
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.
Many actors, including Gene Simmons and David Lee Roth, were called in to do the Wolfman's howls.
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 Director's Cut of the film begins with the Universal Pictures logo that was being used in 1941, when the original film came out, but the original fanfare theme is not heard.
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.
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, finally, Joe Johnston.
One scene involving frozen corpses, was shot in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England, which is conserved by Britain's National Trust organization. Universal donated five thousand pounds to the Trust, in return for letting them film there.
Danny Elfman was the original composer on the film and recorded a complete score inspired by Wojciech Kilar's score for 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.
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.
Robert Rodriguez described the long hair Benicio Del Toro used to play Jackie Boy in Sin City (2005) as "Wolf Man hair".
This movie is one of two werewolf films to win the Academy Award for Best Make-up (awarded in 2011 to Rick Baker and Dave Elsey). The first was An American Werewolf in London (1981), also given to Baker.
This is Benicio Del Toro's second time playing a "wolfman". His 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.
Rick Baker had based his design of the Wolfman of Jack P. Pierce's design on the original film, and also on wolves and apes in books, and his old dog Boscoe, which he did for his first Academy Award winning work on An American Werewolf in London (1981).
"Talbot Manor" is really Chatsworth House, located in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England (though with some digital embellishments).
The "Ancient Gypsy Lore" text that Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) is shown reading, are the two pages "Luxorious - Luzan", from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
David Schofield (Inspector Nye) also played the dart player in An American Werewolf in London (1981). Both moves had their make-up designed by Rick Baker.
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This is the first film Joe Johnston has directed to be rated R.
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).
Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt appeared in Sicario (2015).
The poem that Sir John Talbot (Sir Anthony Hopkins) reads is Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Cloud (1820): "That orbed maiden with white fire laden, whom mortals call the Moon."
Lawrence Talbot is never once, in the film, referred to as "the wolfman". The same is true of the original movie.
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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 film featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning Author Jonathan Maberry wrote the novelization of the script, released by Tor Books.
Benicio Del Toro, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Del Toro played The Collector, Hopkins played Odin, and Weaving played Johann Shmidt (Red Skull).
Mark Romanek was going to direct, but left the project over budget disagreements.
Rick Baker compared his experience on this, as the same as his experience on making An American Werewolf in London (1981). He said, about the werewolf make-up, "David Naughton basically had no body hair, but Benicio Del Toro is so hairy, making him up as the Wolfman was so easy."
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Early in pre-production, Mason Shumaker was considered for the role of Lawrence Talbot (Wolfman). However, 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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Benicio Del Toro dyed his hair for this film.
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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 this movie 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).
Hugo Weaving appears about one third of the way into the movie.
We first meet David Schofield (Constable Nye) in the local village pub. He made a similar appearance in "The Slaughtered Lamb" in An American Werewolf in London (1981). This movie is also about an American werewolf in London.
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Benicio del Toro an Art Malik have starred in James Bond films. Del Toro as the henchman "Dario" in Licence to Kill (1989), and Malik as "Kamran Shah" in The Living Daylights (1987).
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Rick Baker: The Make-up 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).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the Wolfman is being chased in London, he jumps off of a building, and lands on a policeman. This was accomplished with real actors, and not CGI.
In this film, Lawrence (Benicio Del Toro) killed Sir John (Sir Anthony Hopkins). In the original, Sir John (Claude Rains) killed Lawrence (Lon Chaney, Jr.).
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.
The only make-up effect, with which Rick Baker wasn't involved, was the feral mountain boy, who bit 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 make-up.
Lawrence is first seen becoming the Wolfman around the movie's halfway point.

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