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Trivia for The Snowman

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  • Martin Scorsese was originally attached to direct this movie. He remained on board as executive producer.
  • First with Martin Scorsese looking to direct, then with Ridley Scott as a possibility.
  • Based on The Snowman (Norwegian: Snømannen, 2007), a novel by Norwegian crime-writer Jo Nesbø. It is the seventh entry in his Harry Hole series.
  • Michael Fassbender started shooting this movie only two days after wrapping on Assassin's Creed (2016).
  • Apparently, Fassbender bought drinks for the whole crew after a long day of shooting. The next day, rigging electrician Karl Andre Bru walked up to the famous actor and said jokingly: "thanks for the hangover, man!". Rumor has it Fassbender cracked up and was unable to keep a straight face for the rest of the day.
  • The film is not a remake of the 1982 short film of the same name.
  • The Snowman (2017) and Downsizing (2017) were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions. The two features spent together $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. [2016]
  • Val Kilmer and Michael Fassbender previously starred together in Song to Song (2017).
  • For a while, an unofficial movie poster created by a film student circulated on the internet.
  • This is the second collaboration between Tomas Alfredson, David Dencik and Toby Jones. The first was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). That film had Michael Fassbender as part of the original cast in the role of Ricki Tarr, but because of another project he had to turn it down.
  • In the eponymous book the police discuss several Swedish serial killers, among them Thomas Quick (a.k.a. Sture Bergwall). However, Quick/Bergwall was eventually acquitted of all the alleged murders. Brother Sten-Owe Bergwall and lawyer Pelle Svensson wrote books criticizing the Swedish authorities' handling of the cases.
  • Costars Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg have both played extreme sex addicts for the directors they're best associated with; Fassbender in Steve McQueen's Shame (2011) and Gainsbourg in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) / Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013).
  • Author Jo Nesbø will have a cameo in this movie.
  • Jonny Greenwood did a score that was not used.
  • Rebecca Ferguson shot The Snowman before the press junket for Despite The Falling Snow. She references having just shot the film in one of her interviews where she is still growing out the fringe that she has in The Snowman.
  • The Schrøder Restaurant where Harry Hole is regular guest in Jo Nesbo's book actually exists in Oslo and part of the filming took place in there. Also, according to the book, Harry's home is at Sofies gate 5, which is a few minutes walk from Schrøder.
  • Although mostly shot in Norway, great care was taken to remove any Norwegian language from the movie. No Norwegian is spoken and anything normally written in Norwegian is changed. This includes newspaper headlines and destinations on public transportation. Norwegian police cars normally have "politi" written on them (meaning "police") but this was simply removed.
  • Leading up to the release of the movie, the newspaper Verdens Gang released a series of mock articles in collaboration with Universal. This was meant to show how the newspaper would normally cover a case like the one depicted in the movie. Included were articles about the murder weapon, Harry Hole himself as well as grisly details from the antagonist's murder spree.
  • The ringtone of Rakel's phone is cover of Edvard Grieg's piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King".
  • The snowmen in The Snowman are made by Norwegian kids in a little town, in collaboration with DesignIce from Trøgstad.
  • Tomas Alfredson has said that the production of " The Snowman " was too rushed. He came on board late and reckons that up to 15% of the screenplay was never filmed. In addition, the location filming in Norway was shortened so that the production could move to London, which compromised the story.
  • The film received a "D" CinemaScore.
  • The director, Thomas Alfredson said that not even 15 percent of the script was filmed.


  • Many scenes from trailer (explosion, bear trap, Snowman letters) are not shown in the final cut.
  • In the final scene, Harry volunteers to investigate the murder of a woman who was found with 24 stab wounds in her mouth from an unidentified weapon. This alludes to the events of the novel "The Leopard", published after "The Snowman".
  • There is a clue to the killer's identity early in the film. The first time we see Matthias he's wearing an apron with a pattern of fish on it that matches the fish hanging in Josephine Becker's room.
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