Ladies and gentleman,
we have ourselves a homicide.
>> Hey, this is kind of depressing.
The movie, Seven, is old enough to drink.
That´s right, it turned 21 last month. But,
rather than just dwelling
on bummers and contemplating our own mortality,
we also found a few things about Seven
that you may be surprised to learn.
(Music)Here are seven things you didn´t know
about Seven. Probably.
Let’s start off with this scene,
which takes place after the chase sequence with John Doe. See,
it was part of the original script that
Mills would sustain an injury during that chase.
It just wasn’t supposed to be this particular injury.
Stupid son of a…
The problem was, Brad Pitt went the extra mile and
jacked up his hand for real when they were filming the chase.
He cut himself on a windshield when they were going across these cars,
and it was bad.
We’re talking severed tendons andexposed bone.
Believe it or not,
even after getting cut so badly, Pitt finished the take and
only showed his truly alarming injuryto director David Fincher afterward.
Which was kind of a waste,
because it’s not even a take that he ended up using.
Could you at least sit across from me?
I don’t want people thinking we’re dating.
Sticking with Brad Pitt for a second,
they wound up writing his real injury
into the film’s plot for the scenes that followed the chase,
so they’d be able to justify his arm being in a cast.
But since movies are almost always shot out of sequence,
they had to be creative for any remaining scenes
that took place before the chase took place.
So in this office scene from earlier in the film,
Brad Pitt’s arm was actually already in the cast,
which explains why there’s a lot of business
with his hand in his pocket.
And if you look closely at this part, when he’s on the phone,
his hand is super swollen andit’s kind of turning purple.
That’s because the cast was synched all the way up to his wrist, and
it was cutting off his circulation.
It was kind of a drag, but when he wakes up every day,
he’s still Brad Pitt.
So don’t feel too bad for him.
Brad Pitt deserves some respectfor finishing that take where he cut his hand,
but Morgan Freeman deserves some respect for this knife throwing scene.
This is all real.
For one, the knife he’s using is just some crap prop knife for movies,
so it was balanced all wrong.
They’d planned to just fake the knife landing
in the board using a wire,
and then they’d remove the wire in post.
But Morgan Freeman was able to get a knife that everyone said he wouldn’t be able to
throw at all to go in with no help from special effects.
I can’t say I’m surprised.
I feel like Morgan Freeman would be able
to throw a knife by just commanding it to move with his voice.
It almost isn’t an episode of Things You Didn’t Know
if we don’t talk about dick at least once.
So here we go.
In this scene in the coroner’s office,
the production team had a bit of an inside joke
when they were designing the glutton’s carcass.
They knew that he’d be lying on a cot in there,
and it would be super grotesque and the subject of ridicule.
So they figured why not give him a huge wang at least,
which they did.
So next time you watch Seven,
just remember that everything on the glutton’s body is really, really big.
And I mean everything.
All right, laugh it up.
You’re probably familiar with the library in Seven,
and possibly not just from watching Seven,
because this library it’s also the bank in the Mask.
And the building is, in fact, a bank,
or at least, it was.
For Seven, they had to fake the disused bank for
an old library like you’d find in New York,
because they needed the balcony.
All of the books are fiberglass,
which the production design team aged to make them look more believable.
Which is, boom,a bonus thing you didn´t know.
They were shooting Seven in Los Angeles,
but all of the existing libraries in LA were too modern.
They wanted the feel of a large, old library for Somerset,
since he is, himself, a man of tradition.
And that´s why they wound up faking a bank for a library.
Next thing, can we move on to the next thing, please?
Even though the books on the shelves in the library bank were fake,
John Doe’s notebooks weren’t.
Rather than just being volumeafter volume of scribbles,
the books contained the actualrantings and ravings of John Doe,
as conceived by the set designers.
What sick ridiculous puppets we are,
and what a gross little stage we dance on.
They went as far as researching the handwritings of various insane people,
and went with a style of very condensed small writing that left no room on the page.
They also included a lot of visuals of crime scene photos, collages, and
sexual fetish imagery.
They felt that combining theseelements best conveyed obsession.
I mean, some might say it’s conveying obsession to go through the time and
expense to make all those notebooks for real,
but that’s the good kind of obsession.
You know, attention to detail.
Dedication to your craft.
The kind of obsession that makes you talk about dick in every episode.
What do you got?
I didn’t do that.
Let’s talk about the climactic scene at the end of Seven,
specifically let’s talk about the long shots throughout the sequence,
because you probably didn’t know that those are not the film stars in any of those long shots.
They had to use doubles, because by this point in the production Brad Pitt,
Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey had all shot
the maximum days they could on set,
and before they had to move on to their next films and
it’s not just in the super duper long shots.
Right here, when John Doe is on his knees,
and Somerset is running over and telling Mills to put his gun down,
it’s actually Kevin Spacey’s double there too.
Spacey was long gonedirecting another project.
Brad Pitt, who had left to work on Twelve Monkeys,
did come back to film some more stuff
for Seven once he was available,
like in this scene.
When a person is insane, as you clearly are-
Do you know that you’re insane?
All of his close-ups, from point forward,
were shot well after the preceeding portions of the sequence.
Pre 12 monkeys.Post 12 monkeys.
Pre 12 monkeys.
Post 12 monkeys. Okay,
I think that’s enough.
We hope you guys liked our Seven deadly things in today’s episode.
Did I say deadly?
Sorry, I meant fun.
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