Moulin Rouge used to be everyone’s favorite movie. At one point or another, you probably found yourself jamming out to the soundtrack on repeat around the time that the film made its debut. The movie was Oscar-nominated in several categories and has been critically acclaimed since. Can you believe that it’s over 15 years old? The movie was expensive, extravagant, and full of drama. With such a monumental movie, there are bound to be secrets and mysteries even the biggest fan of the movie might not know. Here are 18 things you might not have known about Moulin Rouge.
#18 Nicole Kidman Broke A Rib
#17 Ewan McGregor Has Maintained A Successful Career
Since being in the Moulin Rouge movie, Ewan McGregor has been able to maintain a fairly successful career. He’s been in countless critically acclaimed films and is mostly known now for his role on the Star Wars prequels. There’s no doubt that he’ll continue to maintain a successful level of fame.
#16 Caroline O’Connor Doesn’t Do Much U.S. Acting
Caroline O’Connor has never done another American Film since Moulin Rouge. The only film she’s done in the U.S. was Moulin Rouge! However, she has maintained a fairly successful career as a foreign actor, still getting many great roles in films and TV. Who knows when she’ll make her U.S. return!
#15 Jim Broadbent Is A Harry Potter Star
Jim Broadbent is almost unrecognizable once he’s out of costume. In the movie, he had a unique look, but outside he just looks like another actor! Since being in the movie, he found another big role in the Harry Potter sequels, becoming an idol for an entirely new fan base.
#14 David Wenham Is Still Pretty Successful
#13 None Is Actually Shot In Paris
One shocking secret you might not have known about the movie is that while the movie takes place in Paris, France, none of it is actually shot in Paris! The movie takes place there, yet none is actually shot on location. Instead, all of the cityscapes and views of the skyline are all digitally entered in post production.
#12 The Hat Throwing Scene Is Staged
Towards the end of the movie, there is a scene where all of the men who are wearing top hats throw their hats into the air. If you watch closely, it seems as though all of the hats are lifted up at the same time and stay synchronized. This is because they aren’t actually being thrown, but instead all lifted at the same time with invisible wire!
#11 The Can Can Dancers Were Fetishes
One of the most amazing parts of the movie is the intricate costumes. All of the CanCan dancers especially have unique costumes! Each of the dancers was told to adopt a persona and dress as that. Those personas were based off common male fetishes such as Marie Antoinette, hippies, and school girls.
#10 Courtney Love Was Almost Satine
Can you believe that Courtney Love, the lead singer of the band Hole and ex-lover of Kurt Cobain, had the possibility of being the lead role of Satine? She was eventually passed over, and the role went to Nicole Kidman. Apparently, Courtney was pretty upset about losing out on this role.
#9 Coca-Cola Was Poured On The Floor
For some of the dancing scenes, going through all the choreography was dangerous; as we learned earlier, Nicole Kidman had a lot of issues with some of the scenes throughout the film. One solution to make sure that the dancers were safe from falling was to make the floor sticky by using coca cola!
#8 John Leguizamo Has Been In A Lot
It seems as though Moulin Rouge has resulted in a lot of successful actors being able to find plenty of roles after being in the movie. That is true for John Leguizamo, who still maintains a successful career. John is a popular voice actor and even does a lot of stand-up comedy!
#7 Kylie Minogue’s Scene Was Cut
Kylie Minogue had a famous scene in the movie as a magical green fairy. Fans of the movie absolutely loved her scene, although it seemed a bit short. The original scene was supposed to be much longer, but the team decided to cut it down by a lot in post production. Kylie was rumored to be pretty upset about this.
#6 These Two Were Almost In The Lead
Both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were up for potentially being in the lead role! Instead, the part went to Ewan McGregor, who had more experience working with the director. It’s strange that the two actually went on to be in a film together, both as lead roles, in the critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain.
#5 Jacek Koman Is In A Band Now
Jacek Koman was one of the few actors who hadn’t done much acting after his role in the film. He did have a few small parts in various films and shows, although nothing too major. Instead, now, he is focusing on his music career and is the lead in his own band!
#4 Richard Roxbury Wore Wooden Teeth
Richard Roxbury played the villain that everyone loved to hate! Just like many of the rest of the cast, he went on to maintain a successful acting career as well. One interesting fact about his time on the movie was that in order to achieve his look, he had to wear fake teeth made out of wood!
#3 Nicole Wore The Most Expensive Necklaces
Nicole Kidman was lucky enough to wear the most expensive piece of jewelry made for a movie at the time that she filmed Moulin Rouge. The necklace was valued at 3 million dollars! At one point, the necklace gets ripped off of her neck! But have no fear, a replica of the piece was used instead of the real thing.
#2 Jodi Replaced Nicole
Around the time that Nicole was filming the movie, she was also supposed to be playing the lead role in the movie The Panic Room. However, do to her numerous injuries, she just didn’t have the right health to do the movie. Instead, the role was given to Jodi Foster, who ended up being critically praised for her role.
#1 The Show Will Live On
Moulin Rouge was one of the most critically acclaimed films of its time. It was nominated for numerous Oscar’s in a variety of categories. Unfortunately, it was snubbed for a few of the nominations, one in particular, being best director. However, true fans know who really deserved the Oscar.
Moulin Rouge will always be known as an amazing film. It was one of the first musicals to be nominated for so many awards! The soundtrack was remarkable and certainly a memorable one! There is so much detail and excitement throughout the film that it’s one that can be seen over and over again. It truly embodies the pop culture of its time, and even though it was important in its year, it is still a film that remains relevant to this day. After reading all of these interesting facts, it seems as though a rewatch is in order!