“ – I’m not finished.” – Edward.
28 years ago, today (December 7), “Edward Scissorhands”, had its limited
release in selected theaters around the USA. The movie premiered in Los Angeles one
day earlier, and had a wider release one week later in December 14, and special screenings on
Christmas Day. Later, between February and August of 1991, the movie was
released in some countries around the world, but became a hit, and classic movie, when started to
be screened on TV.
Edward Scissorhands earned $6,325,249 in its opening weekend
in 1,372 theaters, grossed $56,362,352 in North America, and a further
$29,661,653 outside North America, coming to a worldwide total of $86.02
million. With a budget of $20 million, the film was declared to be a box office
success, and one of the best movies of 1990.
Once upon a time in a castle high on
a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although
Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s
sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward
lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to
live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastical adventures in a pastel
paradise known as Suburbia.
* In 1h 40 min of movie, Johnny speaks 52 lines, saying almost
190 words throughout the film.
Most of them are short dialogues.
* To get deeper in the character,
Johnny decided to lose 25 pounds (+/- 12 kilos), refused to use any cooling agent
in his all-leather skin-tight costume, and suffered a lot with it. Filmed
during the North American Spring and Summer, on the hot weather of Florida
with temperatures reaching 90ºF (32ºC), Johnny collapsed from heat exhaustion due to the extreme temperatures
and the leather costume during the scene where Edward flees to his castle. Also, during the barbecue party, Johnny was violently
sick. According to Burton, Johnny’s costume
was made from latex, leather, tape and bits of an old sofa.
* Johnny used to spend two hours to
apply his heavy make-up, 45 minutes being sewn into his costume and a further
hour with the hairdresser making his massive wig, almost every day during the four
months of filming. Sometimes, Johnny even helped the makeup artist to apply
* Johnny and Winona Ryder dated
throughout the filming, and became engaged during the same year.
* Johnny reprised his role as Edward one
more time, lenting his voice in an episode of Family Guy in which he
appears as a night nurse.
* Alternate versions: The movie had
several scenes deleted or reduced in some European theaters, VHS and TV
screenings, editing some violent scenes mostly during the final fight.
* While Tim didn’t returned his call
to say if Johnny would play the role, Johnny kept busy researching for the
role, watching silent movies from Charles Chaplin, to get an idea of how to
emote without dialogue, reading children’s story, fairy-tales,
child-psychology, and human body anatomy books.
* This film marks the first time that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp worked
together, Johnny’s first hit movie, the day when his career really took off,
his freedom of creation and opportunity to show his ideas, and the beginning of his love for eccentric characters.
Ps. This is the 5th post about “Edward Scissorhands” I made since yesterday, and there’s so many interesting things happening behind the scenes, that I wanted to share to those who didn’t know yet. Later, I’ll make another posts in November 14, to celebrate the day the movie had a wider release in the USA. The posts will be about the first meeting between Johnny and Tim and Johnny’s expectations and insecurities during the filming. Stay tuned.
HAPPY 29th ANNIVERSARY TO “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS”!!! ✂️
Tim Burton and Johnny’s first collaboration had a limited premiere on this day (December 7) in selected theaters around the USA.
Nowadays the movie is considered one of the best movies of the 90′s… An unforgettable classic!