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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.
  • The film is NOT a remake of The Snowman (1982). It's based on the 2007 novel Sn?mannen (The Snowman), the seventh book in Norwegian crime-writer Jo Nesb?'s Harry Hole series.
  • Michael Fassbender started shooting this movie only two days after wrapping on Assassin's Creed (2016).
  • Apparently, Michael Fassbender bought drinks for the whole crew after a long day of shooting. The next day, rigging electrician Karl Andre Bru walked up to Fassbender 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. Togther, the two films spent $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 he had to turn it down because of another project.
  • In the source novel, the police discuss several Swedish serial killers, including Thomas Quick (a.k.a. Sture Bergwall). However, Quick/Bergwall was eventually acquitted of the alleged murders. Brother Sten-Owe Bergwall and lawyer Pelle Svensson wrote books criticizing the Swedish authorities' handling of the cases.
  • Michael Fassbender played a sex addict in Shame (2011). Charlotte Gainsbourg played a sex addict in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013).
  • Jo Nesb? has a cameo in the movie.
  • Jonny Greenwood created a score that was not used.
  • Rebecca Ferguson shot this film before the press junket for Despite the Falling Snow (2016). In one interview, she talked about just shooting the other film while growing out her bangs (fringe) from this film.
  • Part of the film was shot at The Schr?der Restaurant in Oslo, where Harry Hole is regular guest in Jo Nesb?'s books. Also, according to the book, Harry's home is at Sofies gate 5, a few minutes walk from Schr?der.
  • 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, Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang released a series of mock articles in collaboration with Universal, intended to show how the newspaper would normally cover a case like the one depicted in the movie. They included articles about the murder weapon, Harry Hole himself, and grisly details of 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 film are made by Norwegian kids in a small town, in collaboration with DesignIce from Tr?gstad.
  • Tomas Alfredson has said that production was too rushed. He came on board late, and reckons that up to 15% of the screenplay was never filmed. Location filming in Norway was shortened so 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.
  • All of Val Kilmer's lines are dubbed throughout the film. According to a Reddit AMA in May 2017, Kilmer disclosed that he had "a healing of cancer," and his tongue "was still swollen although healing all the time."
  • The road where the boy's mom and the boy are following Uncle Jonas is the Atlantic Ocean Road or the Atlantic Road (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien), one of the most beautiful roads in Norway.
  • The park where Harry Hole wakes up on a park bench in the beginning of the movie is the Frogner Park (Norwegian: Frognerparken) in Oslo.
  • J.K Simmons and Val Kilmer have both appeared in DC movies, Val Kilmer was in Batman Forever (1995), and J. K. Simmons Justice Leauge (2017)

Spoilers

  • 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 is wearing an apron with a pattern of fish on it that matches the fish hanging in Josephine Becker's room.
  • The movie was heavily criticized for deviating significantly from the source novel. Most controversial was killing off Katrine Bratt, who appears in three subsequent Harry Hole books: "The Leopard," "Police," and "Thirst."
  • The song "Popcorn" by the group Hot Butter is playing every time the killer is at another murder scene, either before a murder or during the setup.
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