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Stranger Things Trivia - Stranger Things Facts

Cosmopolitan.com 2017-11-11 05:04:00

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The creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, are 33-year-old twins from North Carolina.

"High school was terrible for us," Ross told The Daily Beast. “We both hated it and just felt very much outside the whole time, looking in." Relatable.

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They started making movies together as kids…

"…way back in the third grade with our other friend, who lived next to us in Durham," Matt told the New York Times. Their first movie was an adaptation of the trading card game Magic: The Gathering.

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They released their debut movie, Hidden, in 2015.

The thriller, starring Alexander Skarsgard, had a plot twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, and not exactly by accident — the brothers were big fans of the Sixth Sense director. Their film wasn’t a hit, but it got Shyamalan’s attention and the brothers were hired to write for the Fox show Wayward Pines, which Shyamalan produced.

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They originally shopped Stranger Things as Montauk.

The series was meant to take place in Montauk, Long Island, where conspiracy theorists believe the government experimented on civilians, including children, with the goal of creating new modes of psychological warfare. (Sound familiar?) You can read more about the paranormal rumors in The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time by Preston Nichols.

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The show shoots in Atlanta.

But it's set in a fictional Indiana town called Hawkins.

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The soundtrack composers were in a synth band.

Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon were members of Survive, which is how the Duffers discovered them, according to the Netflix press site. According to Netflix, "Michael and Kyle both quit their day jobs in order to work on the show." Smart move.

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The Duffers pitched the show with a pilot script and a 20-page look book.

The book was designed to resemble a Stephen King novel. "We literally took the Firestarter paperback and pasted a picture of a bike on top of it and changed the font to our font," Matt told Vulture.

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The font was designed by a company called Imaginary Forces.

"I think we sent them 14 or 15 different covers, not all Stephen King, but 90 percent Stephen King paperback covers, that we really liked," Matt told The Hollywood Reporter. "They came back with that font, and that was really close to what is in the show, and that got changed a little bit."

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They also pitched the show with a fake trailer….

"…which I think is kind of cheesy," Matt told Vulture. "But everyone was like, 'You should really do it.' We were putting John Carpenter music over shots from E.T. and seeing how it worked. That’s where we developed the tone of the show."

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They faced a lot of rejection at first.

"The first week, I think, we had 15 pitches, and it was all passes," Matt told the Times. "There was a moment where we’re like, ‘Oh, I think people aren’t getting it.'"

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They were specifically told kids wouldn’t attract viewers.

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They auditioned about 1,000 kids.

"Most kids, you can turn off their auditions after five seconds, because there’s nothing authentic about it," Matt told the Times.

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Finn Wolfhard ("Mike") auditioned from bed.

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Millie Bobby Brown came up with Eleven’s signature stare in her audition.

"I’ve never forgotten it, because it was so intuitive," executive producer Shawn Levy told Variety. "That this little person had such fierce power — that’s what took me aback. That same day the Duffers and I knew she was the one."

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David Harbour ("Hopper") is protective of her talent.

"Everyone from Tennessee Williams to Sarah Paulson has warned of the perils of early success," he told Variety. "There’s a piece of me that’s very protective of her and feels that we should all let her be brave and brilliant and turn our eyes away and not give her so much attention."

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Harbour is also tough on the kids.

"He’s hard on them," Matt told Vulture. "They have a really good relationship, but he likes to push them. I think it was really good for Millie to be around an actor like that, an actor who’s really going to challenge her to do stuff she’s not expecting."

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Not everything about the big-budget show is expensive.

According to Netflix, the art department bought Hopper’s trailer for $1.

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Millie really shaved her head for season 1.

Perhaps you saw the head-shaving video she shared last year? According to the Duffers, her parents didn’t love the idea but Millie herself didn’t mind.

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And she really did float in that kiddie pool.

According to Netflix's press site, in "Chapter 7: The Bathtub," 1,200 pounds of epsom salt were dissolved into the kiddie pool water so that Millie could properly float in it.

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She was occasionally submerged in a water tank.

Some of the laboratory scenes required her to be in an underwater immersion tank, according to the Netflix press site. She was able to breathe by wearing a "Sea Trek helmet." The Duffers directed her through a small radio in her ear.

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Millie's first kiss was in the season-1 finale.

"It was a strange experience. Having 250 people looking at you kissing someone is like, 'Whoa!'" she told Variety. She’s not sure if it was her scene partner Finn Wolfhard’s first kiss. "He says I wasn’t, but I definitely think I was. I think he was just trying to be cool."

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Gaten Matarazzo ("Dustin") originally auditioned to play Mike.

"When they met me they hadn’t fully written Dustin yet," he told Dazed. "…Then when I came along, they kind of morphed the role around me which was great."

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Gaten's voice changed a lot.

According to the Netflix press site, it changed so much by the time the first season wrapped that he wasn't able to provide ADR (additional dialogue recording) for the sound team.

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Caleb McLaughlin ("Lucas") and Gaten knew each other from Broadway.

They were both in musicals around the same time — Gaten in Les Miserables and Caleb in The Lion King.

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Sadie Sink ("Max") also starred on Broadway…

…in Annie. Yes, she knew Gaten and Caleb.

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Millie was nervous at first about another girl joining the cast.

"Now they’re best friends," Matt told Vulture. "She’s like, 'Thank God for bringing in another girl, because I am so sick of these boys!'"

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Winona Ryder didn’t know what streaming was when she signed onto the show.

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Nancy and Jonathan are dating IRL.

Natalie Dyer and Charlie Heaton: lovebirds.

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Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter are part of the show’s DNA.

Perhaps you noticed the nod to Spielberg’s E.T. with Eleven’s blonde wig or the plot similarities to King’s Firestarter, a book about a girl with psychic powers. Maybe you noticed Mr. Clarke watching Carpenter’s The Thing? Fans have reveled in the references.

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