Everything, everywhere, all in one: 10 behind-the-scenes facts about the movie
In early 2022, Marvel movies like Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were getting a ton of buzz about how they were expanding the MCU. But, around the same time, a sci-fi/fantasy/martial arts/drama/comedy/art movie by the name of Everything everywhere all at once came along and proved that you don’t need a nine-figure budget and equally big marketing campaigns to take the world, uh, multiverse by storm.
Before becoming an early hope for Best Picture at the Oscars, setting new A24 box office records, and earning 5 out of 5 reviews from CinemaBlend, you had to start somewhere. Here are 10 behind-the-scenes facts about the making of Everything everywhere all at once.
The Daniels originally wanted to cast Jackie Chan for the lead role in Everything Everywhere, Everything At Once
There’s no denying the fact that Michelle Yeoh absolutely steals the show in Everything everywhere all at once with her portrayal of heroine Evelyn Wang, and there’s a good chance she’ll win or at least be nominated for an Oscar. However, directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known collectively as the Daniels) originally planned to cast a different legend of Hong Kong cinema – Jackie Chan.
In May 2022 Guardian article about the film and its success, the Daniels explained how they were originally going to focus the story on the character of the husband, but when Chan was unavailable, they decided it would be best to focus on the woman instead. Later in the post, Yeoh recalled a text from Chan, a longtime friend, about the film and its success, to which she replied, “Your loss, bro.”
The look of Evelyn and Waymond’s apartment was inspired by Daniel Kwan’s grandparents’ house
One of the first scenes of Everything everywhere all at once takes place in Evelyn and Waymond’s cramped apartment above their laundromat. If the space, with its crowded shelves, crowded table and decorations, looks like a Chinese-American apartment, that’s because Daniel Kwan modeled it after the homes of his grandparents, aunts and uncles. who were growing up.
In the director’s commentary track that accompanies the film’s home release, Kwan pointed out that the Chinese phone book, light-up butterfly display, and other decorations are largely from his childhood. He even took pictures of his grandparents’ apartment in the art department to dress up the decor.
Daniel Radcliffe had to turn down a role in everything, everywhere, all of a sudden
Daniel Radcliffe, who previously worked with the Daniels on the 2016 absurd comedy, Swiss army managain offered to work with the directors on Everything everywhere all at oncebut things didn’t work out, like he said Empire Review in April 2022:
Radcliffe hasn’t revealed what kind of role he’s been offered, but it probably would’ve been incredible, considering he was a farting corpse the last time they worked together.
Ke Huy Quan actually played a lot of the Fanny Pack fight sequence
At the beginning of Everything everywhere all at once, just as the action begins to resume, Ke Huy Quan, appearing as an alternate version of Evelyn’s husband, Waymond, is involved in one of the most badass fight scenes in the film: the sequence of the banana bag. By speaking with People regarding a number of topics like his best movies and his return to show business, Quan revealed that he spent a lot of time working on house moves, much to his wife’s annoyance.
In the director’s commentary on the film’s home release, the Daniels admitted that the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom the actor did a lot of his own stunts in the scene, and that only a few hits in the fight required a double.
Evelyn pulled back in the office chair was practically shot
The photo of Evelyn being removed from Deidre’s office in the janitor’s closet to meet Wang Alpha is one of the most visually impressive of the film’s early scenes, and one of the craziest things about it is the fact that it was shot practically . In the director’s commentary, the Daniels explained that no visual effects were used until Evelyn walked into the closet, and that everything was done by changing shutter angles and frame rates. pictures. Oh, and they used a leaf blower to blow Michelle Yeoh’s hair up.
Evelyn’s Pinky Uppercut was a tribute to the “Home Run” sound effect from Super Smash Bros.
Everything everywhere all at once features one awesome fight sequence after another, with one of the most unique being the pinky fight. Basically, after channeling into one of her other realities, Evelyn discovers a universe where she has an incredibly strong little finger, which she uses to cut off one of the guards at the IRS building. What makes this even better is the sound effect that fans of the popular Super Smash Bros. video games will recognize, as the Daniels said Newsweek:
The home run bat sound effect is up there with the Solid metal gear alert warning regarding recognizable noises and added a nice touch to the detail-rich movie.
Jamie Lee Curtis was inspired by his dad and their character for Deidre’s look
No member of the Everything everywhere all at once the actors seemed to have as much fun with their roles as Jamie Lee Curtis did with his portrayal of Deidre. Before giving Marvel a hard time about the multiverse and generally singing the film’s praises, she helped craft the character’s look in the early stages. In a instagram post, Curtis revealed that her character’s look was inspired by one of her old roles, that of Elaine in the 2001 dark comedy, daddy and them.
According to Halloween star, she shared her inspiration with the Daniels before working with the costume, hair and makeup departments to bring the Deidre to life.
Michelle Yeoh brought a major change to the rock scene
The sequence where Evelyn and Joy enter a universe in which they are turned into rocks provided a much-needed change of pace in the second half of Everything everywhere all at once, and the deafening silence of the scene really brought home the multiversal struggle between mother and daughter. However, the scene originally looked like, uh, rang very different.
In the director’s commentary, the Daniels revealed that the script originally had Joy and Evelyn talking throughout the sequence until Michelle Yeoh suggested a major change. According to the filmmakers, Yeoh thought it would work better if it was simply subtitled, portraying it as a Zen garden feeling.
Jamie Lee Curtis was bruised after the hot dog finger scene
Everything everywhere all at once featured some truly remarkable universes that were both extremely weird and incredibly beautiful, like the one in which the characters of Yeoh and Curtis have hot dog fingers. The scene, which Yeoh described as “the most beautiful love story in this universe” while speaking with Varietyactually ended in some kind of injury after she and Curtis decided to go for it:
In a movie featuring characters thrown through walls, onto the floor, and whipped into office chairs, it’s kind of ironic that an emotional scene involving hot dog fingers resulted in injuries on set.
How “Absolutely” Lyrics Made Their Way Into The Script
If a key scene involving Waymond and Evelyn in the early parts of Everything everywhere all at once it sounds like the dialogue was pulled straight from the 2000 Nine Days rock track, “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)”, there’s a simple explanation for that: they were, but not intentionally. In an interview with Mashable after the film’s release, Daniel Kwan revealed how it happened:
Daniel Scheinert added saying the lines had been in the script for years, and they considered cutting them until the filmmakers reached out to Nine Days lead singer John Hampson. The musician was so enthusiastic about the idea that he ended up recording three different versions of the song which were used throughout the film.
These are just some of the behind-the-scenes facts about the making of Everything everywhere all at oncebecause there are endless tidbits of information and easter eggs waiting to be explored in one of the most inventive 2022 films to come out so far.