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'Se7en' turns 20

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Warning: 20-year-old spoilers below


Brad Pitt

He starred in indie and lesser known productions such as: Ocean's 11, Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z and 12 Years a Slave.

He is now married to a Oscar-winning actress and UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

Kevin Spacey

After getting tired of attending Bryan Singer's parties (allegedly), he ellaborated a plot to take down the President of the United States and then took office.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Became America's Most Hated Celebrity by Star Magazine in 2013.

HitFix scientifically ranked nine of Gwyneth Paltrows biggest controversies. Just to name three:
Gwyneth sells bikinis for little girls
Gwyneth was accused of contributing to the sexualization of young girls by selling $45 string bikinis aimed at the 4-10 set on Goop

Gwyneth uses the N-word
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Gwyneth "consciously uncouples" from Chris Martin
(why not the other way around tho?)
In an interview with Marie Claire Australia she said: "OK, you can make fun of the term or whatever. I didn't invent it."

Morgan Freeman

He became god. That's all.

Andrew Kevin Walker (writer)
After Se7en he wrote "8MM", "Sleepy Hollow", "The Wolfman" and supposedely was/is going to write "The Girl Who Played with Fire".

David Fincher❤ (director)
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After Se7en he directed Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, etc. And, like Leo, he has never won an Oscar.

20 Years Later: David Fincher's 'Se7en' Remains One of the Scariest Thrillers of All Time

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The movie was released Sept. 22, 1995

What makes Se7en such a terryfying film:
- serial killer is an idealist who kills according to the seven deadly sins;
- he bellieves there’s a higher power telling to kill;
- so there’s no scarier villain then one who believes he’s killing in the name of god.

- The movie, its lighting is really dark until John Doe turns himself in.
- John Doe only appears 90 minutes in, but Spacey’s performance is what makes the movie.

'Seven' Turns 20: A Look Back on How That Killer Twist Ending Came Together
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The "what's in the box" ending almost didn’t happen:
- Fincher learned of the scene’s existence by accident - his agent inadvertently gave him Walker’s first draft of the script and not the later draft, with a more conventional, studio-approved finale that would have had Tracy drawing a bath as Doe lurked;

- He says that producer, Arnold Kopelson, told him, “Look me right in the eye, because this movie will never end with a head in the box.”

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- No one says 'no' to Fincher when it comes to a movie. Especially Fincher + Freeman + Pitt. So the 'head-in-the-box movie' happened;

- Spacey did the film on the condition he wouldn’t get billing. He did promote it, didn't appear in any marketing materials and wasn’t included in the opening credits.

- Pitt said he found inspiration for that final scene in Sean Penn’s performance in the 1986 crime drama At Close Range.

- The movie was supposed to end when the cop in the helicopter says “Somebody call somebody”, but after a test screening and a few women saying ‘The people who made that movie should be killed’, Fincher changed it.

The scene

Sloth Speaks! Our Interview With the 'Seven' Actor Who Freaked Everyone Out
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- During the audition for the part, the actor was instructed to lie down on the floor and remain completely still, then very slowly turn his face toward the camera;

- Makeup process took 14 hours;

- “David Fincher said to the SWAT team, ‘Okay, you guys — when you come into this room, it’s a terrible smell. It’s dark and dank. And you see this corpse, and you see it’s really, really creepy. So I want you to portray all of that,’” says MacKay. What Fincher strategically neglected to mention was that the corpse was an actual actor — so when MacKay started coughing, the other actors jumped back in very real shock.

Sloth scene:

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- Cinematographer Darius Khondji used US reality show Cops as his inspiration for his camerawork, with the camera peering over the shoulder in the backseat.

- Brad Pitt's role was turned down by Denzel Washington who called the script "too dark and evil". Washington later starred in the similarly themed thriller The Bone Collector.

- The F-word is used 74 times throughout the film.

- Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro turned down the film as he sees himself as a romantic who doesn't subscribe to the film's dark vision of the world.

- David Cronenberg turned down a chance to direct the film.

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