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Director Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells who wrote the book upon which this movie is based.
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Guy Pearce did most of his own stunts, and occasionally got frustrated when he wasn't allowed to do a few.
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Guy Pearce broke a rib during the filming when he tackled the Morlock from the side.
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A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots.
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Gore Verbinski was brought in to take over the last 18 days of shooting, as Simon Wells was suffering from "extreme exhaustion." Wells returned for post-production.
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Guy Pearce was so consistent in most of his takes that the audio from one take could be put with the video from another and the combination of the two would fit perfectly.
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The Time Machine itself was the biggest and most expensive prop ever to be built for a movie at the time.
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Vox was originally written as a robot. Steven Spielberg was creating A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) at the same time, and had a similarly-designed robot in his own film for every version of Vox the filmmakers could conceive. Production designer Oliver Scholl came up with the idea of a hologram.
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The sound of the Morlock's roar is actually that of a bull.
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The film takes place on January 18, 1899, on February 3, 1903, on May 24, 2030, on August 26, 2037, in July 802,701, in 635,427,810 and on February 10, 1903.
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Simon Wells' idea for the machine to incorporate Fresnel lenses came from the fact that the Time Traveler in the book is mentioned as a professor of physical optics.
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Jeremy Irons (The Über-Morlock) previously played H.G. Wells in The Timekeeper (1992).
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The opening scene was shot at Vassar College in the fall of 2000. The students in the scene are actual students and the professors are actual professors. Several additional scenes were shot but did not make it into the film. One deleted scene featured 10 Vassar students walking around the campus in front of the library with Guy Pearce (Alexander Hartdegen). The scene can be viewed in the DVD extras. The students were all allowed to miss classes during the shooting and were all paid for their efforts.
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Originally scheduled for release in December 2001. It was bumped to March 2002 because of a scene involving a meteor shower crippling New York. The filmmakers were concerned the scene would stir memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
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John Logan, co-producer and writer, also created the Eloi language.
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Vox's license number is 114: number that Stanley Kubrick used in many of his films.
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The initial designs for the Morlocks by the Stan Winston Studio team were more faithful to the original book's description as brutish ape-like creatures with claws of moles. Director Simon Wells and the producers wanted changes made to accommodate the human performer and made them more humanoid, which angered the original artists. Ultimately the Stan Winston Studio team were not pleased with the look of the final Morlocks or the decision to film them in broad daylight as opposed to night, when they're supposed to be shown.
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Samantha Mumba (Mara) and Omero Mumba (Kalen) are siblings in real life.
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The film's trailer used music from Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG-1 (1997).
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Vox mentions a "Time Machine" musical (With the year 2006) and starts singing a song with the lyrics "There's a place called tomorrow...". Such a musical and such a song do not exist, although its composer Andrew Lloyd Webber most certainly does.
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Guy Pearce took on the lead role because he wanted to take himself - in his own words - "less seriously".
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When Hartdegen starts to travel to the future, he watches three mannequins in a shop window and as their clothes change across the time. In The Time Machine (1960), George watches the change of clothes of a mannequin during his time travel.
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Just like The Time Machine (1960), the lead role is played by an Australian. Back then it was Rod Taylor, this time it's Guy Pearce.
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The creation of the Morlocks were divided between three companies. KNB Effects Group provided and created the makeup effects for Jeremy Irons's Über-Morlock. Stan Winston Studios created the slender Spy Morlocks and the brutish Hunter Morlocks. Industrial Light & Magic created digital versions of the Hunters when they run on all fours and perform heavy action.
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Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker provided uncredited vocal effects for the Morlocks.
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Philip Bosco's scenes as the Dean were cut from the final print. He can still be seen in the film's trailer.
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Acting debut of Samantha Mumba.
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When Alexander Hartdegen and Mara are in the memorial area covered with signs from New York, Alexander quotes a bible verse. He quotes Ecclesiastes 1:4 "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever."
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The first stop that Hartdegen makes in the future is marked as May 24, 2030.
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The interior shot of the library at around 28 minutes was filmed on location in the courthouse in Riverside, Ca.
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Originally there was going to be another species of Morlock known as the Worker Morlocks, who were used as laborers and pack mules. Mark 'Crash' McCreery and other artists of Stan Winston Studio even did designs for them. Most likely due to budget restrictions, they were scrapped.
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Despite the production controversies over what the Morlocks should look like in the remake, the final design pays obvious homage to the Morlock Sphinx that adorned the entrance to their underground kingdom in the original George Pal film.
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Vox signs off by saying "Live long and prosper," the famous quote from Star Trek's Spock. As Vox leaves, the hissing/mechanical sounds of Enterprise's doors can be heard.
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Cameo 

Alan Young: "Filby" from The Time Machine (1960) appears as a florist. When Young picked out his costume, he found the same period shirt he wore in the earlier film, complete with his name written on the collar! (Source: DVD production notes)
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to the time machine, the date of the moon's destruction is August 26, 2037.
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In the trailer, when Alexander is shown standing up in his time machine, the scenery shows a beautiful landscape and tall towers. This was to indicate that the Eloi had won and evolved into a technological race. When the movie was shown in theaters, the scene was changed to a blood red sky and Morlock lairs appearing everywhere. Director Simon Wells did this because he felt that if Alexander traveled into a future where the Eloi won their war against the Morlocks, he would have no reason to go back to the past and Mara.
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The machine's date when Hartdegen arrives in the Eloi's world is July 16, 802,701 AD.
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Some differences between the book and this movie include: Alexander is never given a name in the book, the narrator only calls him "the time traveler"; the time machine is built purely for scientific exploration in the book and not to change the past like in the movie; the time traveler escapes the Morlocks by way of the time machine and returns to his own time in the book before going on another time journey to an unknown period after which he does not return.
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The book that Vox recites to the Eloi children at the end of the movie is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", written by Mark Twain and originally published in 1876.
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When Vox explains Hartdegen's biography, he mentions "1869-1903" as his years of birth and presumed death.
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When Hartdegen talks with Vox about time travel, the latter mentions three real sci-fi writers: Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison and H.G. Wells. Asimov wrote "The End of Eternity" in 1955 about time travel and the risks of making changes to the past. Ellison wrote numerous science fiction scripts (including time travel) for TV series like The Outer Limits (1963) and The Twilight Zone (1959). Wells wrote "The Time Machine" in 1894, the book upon which this movie is based.
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Kalen saves Hartdegen from a Morlock by attacking him with a torch. In The Time Machine (1960), George (Rod Taylor) saves Weena (Yvette Mimieux) by using a torch against the Morlocks.
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