10 Things You Didn’t Know About Edge of Tomorrow
Let’s start this off by setting a couple of rules; from this point forward, I will be calling this film EoT. I’m not going to confuse myself and everyone else by calling it Live, Die, Repeat and as much as I’d like to, I will not call it by its book title “All You Need Is Kill”. They should have definitely kept the book title but I won’t bash a film too much considering it was balls-to-the-wall insanity and I loved every minute of it.
It’s for films like EoT that I get excited about writing posts like this. I am the kind of guy who will buy movies on DVD and Bluray just to watch the special features and EoT has a few different features that will educate you about the film and make you want to bang Emily Blunt even more. Either way, this is 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Edge of Tomorrow.
1. The D-Day inspired scene was filmed on a beach built by the crew on a studio backlot. The idea was to give the filmmakers more time to film while still being able to blow shit up and doing ten thousand takes. It was built on a 300 square foot set surrounded by green screens.
2. The exosuits weighed between 80-120 lbs. and the actors and stunt team had to train for months to get the physical stamina to be able to wear them during the shoot for hours at a time. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt went above and beyond and would often times doing dozens of takes wearing the suits.
3. Much of the script was written during filming. It was estimated that there were as many as 80 different versions by the end.
4. The title for the Manga version of EoT is called “All You Need is Kill”. It was written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
5. Tom Cruise spent over $100,000 on a wrap party for the cast and crew but he didn’t attend as he was finishing scenes for the film.
6. Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were at one time considered for the role of Cage.
7. While Emily Blunt did most of her stuntwork, upon returning for re-shoots she had discovered that she was pregnant and wasn’t able to do her own stunts. Tom Cruise was apparently the only person, other than her husband, that knew of her pregnancy.
8. Tom Cruise had finished work on the film Oblivion less than a week before he showed up to start pre-production on EoT.
9. In the Manga version, the mimics are invading Tokyo, Rita is an American nicknamed “Full Metal Bitch” and Cage is a Japanese man named Keiji Kiriya (nicknamed Killer Cage).
10. Operation Downfall was based on the Allied offensive on D-Day. The movie was released in the U.S. on June 6th, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The name “Operation Downfall” was, in fact, a real planned American invasion of Japan at the end of the WWII. It never happened, though, since the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.