7 Behind The Scenes Facts from UVE Productions!

Posted by Indiana - 25 May 2023
7 Fun Facts | Uni-versal Extras

Film fans!

Seeking some interesting titbits to impress your friends at your next movie night?

You are? Perfect – because today we’re going behind the scenes!

As a leading provider of Extras and background Artistes for the TV and Film industry, we’re lucky to participate in some of the best productions the industry has to offer. So, let’s take a look at 7 of our favourite behind-the-scenes facts from productions you’ll spot UVE Artistes popping up in…

🌌 The Theory of Everything (2014)

Eddie Redmayne was in fact so convincing as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything that Stephen Hawking himself actually confessed there were moments when he thought he was watching himself.

This confession was made in an email to the film’s director – James Marsh – and is even more impressive considering that Redmayne met with Stephen Hawking just once before filming. A meeting that Eddie claims ‘he said maybe eight sentences’.

No wonder Redmayne stole the Oscar for best actor at the 2015 Academy Awards!

🦇 The Batman (2022)

Whilst filming The Batman, Colin Farrell once announced that he left the Burbank film set to go and get himself a Starbucks in full Penguin makeup and prosthetics.

Apparently, the actor managed to order, collect and exit with his oat milk latte without being recognised by Joe Public whatsoever!

👻 Lockwood & Co. (2023)

Fans of Netflix series Bridgerton may have spotted that the Lockwood & Co. character of Lucy Carlyle looks awfully familiar.

This is because both Lucy Carlyle and Francesca Bridgerton are played by one Ruby Stokes.

Stokes made the decision to give up her role in Bridgerton to side-step into a new role in Netflix’s Lockwood & Co. …which is why she is away “visiting an aunt” for most of Bridgerton Series 1, and disappears halfway through Series 2!

📚 Matilda the Musical (2022)

During pre-production of Matilda the Musical, Anne Hathaway was the producer’s original choice for Miss Trunchbull.

With COVID-19 travel restrictions throwing a spanner in the works, production instead sought out a British actress and Hathaway took on the principal role in another Roald Dahl Adaptation – The Witches. This meant Emma Thompson was able to step into the shoes of the iconic Matilda villain.

Behind the scenes, however, all the children on set reportedly adored Emma Thompson and she was actually asked by the director to stop hugging them because ‘they’re supposed to be frightened’ of her!

🐾 Cruella (2021)

Speaking of Emma Thompson, many brilliant actresses were also first considered for the role of Baroness von Hellman in Cruella.

Big names such as Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Julianne Moore were all thrown into the ring for the role originally brought to life by Glenn Close way back in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians.

Never fear, Glenn Close fans. She’s part of this reboot, too – only this time as an executive producer!

🔎 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

Prior to filming, the cast of the Fantastic Beasts triology were required to attend wand school: a bootcamp designed to show actors how to wield and hold their wands correctly.

…and this even went as far as obligatory wand workshops for the background Artistes!

Jude Law, however, managed to skip wand school after getting the news of his role in The Secrets of Dumbledore (2021) whilst away on holiday with this family. According to co-star Redmayne, he then spent the remainder of his trip practicing with a twig!

👑 Firebrand (2023)

Jude Law announced at a Cannes Film Festival press conference that he sought out and wore a special, custom perfume to recreate Henry VIII’s awful scent when filming Firebrand.

Law credits a talented perfume specialist for coming up with a pungent concoction of ‘blood, faecal matter and sweat’ that helped evoke his inner Henry VIII: a royal you could allegedly smell from three rooms away!

Quite frankly, we feel a little sorry for his on-screen wife, Alicia Vikander!

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