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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Hook' That Made Us Want To Watch It Again

June 23, 2021 2.4k votes 380 voters 19k views11 items

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The behind-the-scenes stories from Hook are wild. From a pirate crew that nearly mutinied to a method-acting Hook who tried to seduce the mermaids, the set definitely wasn't always kid-friendly. But Robin Williams went out of his way to make the child actors feel welcome on set

Steven Spielberg's $8 million Neverland set featured a full-size pirate galleon, live animals, and an amusement-park feel. It's no wonder the Lost Boys said it was like going to Disneyland for work.

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    Robin Williams Didn't Say Who Would Get The Gold Sword, So The Actors' Excitement Is Genuine

    In a touching scene at the end of Hook, before leaving Neverland, Peter must choose his successor. But which Lost Boy is up to the task?

    Robin Williams upped the emotions by not telling the Lost Boys actors who the new leader will be. 

    Dante Basco explained on Twitter: "When they shot this scene... none of the #LostBoys knew who Peter was going to give the sword to!"

    Peter ends up giving it to Thud Butt, a noble successor to Rufio.

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    Robin Williams Gave Dante Basco A Touching Gift When Filming Wrapped

    Dante Basco was only 15 years old when he took on the role of Rufio. In between takes on set, Basco practiced his other passion: poetry.

    The young actor was especially excited to talk with co-star Robin Williams about the movie Dead Poets Society. "Talking about that movie with him, he just inspired me to continue writing poetry," Basco said in a 2015 interview. "We talked a lot about our favorite poets."

    When Hook wrapped, Williams gave Basco a memorable gift. "My wrap present from Robin was a beautiful limited-edition copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and that's a great memory for me," Basco recalled.

    The gift inspired Basco to pursue his own poetry activities.

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    Peter’s First Fight With Rufio Was Filmed Backward

    Learning the choreography for fight scenes takes a huge amount of time behind the scenes. That was definitely the case for the first fight between Peter Banning and Lost Boy Rufio in Neverland. Director Steven Spielberg decided to film the entire fight backward. This tactic made the scene safe: Instead of swinging a sword at Robin Williams's face, actor Dante Basco would pull the sword back. 

    But that meant Basco had to say his line backward. Instead of simply saying, "You're dead, jolly man," Basco learned how to say the line in reverse. 

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    Glenn Close, Carrie Fisher, Phil Collins, And George Lucas Sneaked Into The Film

    When it comes to cameos, Hook set a high bar. Many Hook fans know that Glenn Close (pictured) sneaked into the film as the pirate thrown into the terrifying Boo Box. But Close wasn't the only A-lister with a hidden part in the film.

    Phil Collins popped in to play a detective in London, while two huge Star Wars fans took on a small role in the opening. The couple standing on the bridge in London sprinkled with Tinkerbell's fairy dust were none other than Carrie Fisher and George Lucas.

    Fisher contributed in other ways, too. As a script doctor she did an uncredited rewrite on the script to punch up the dialogue for Tinkerbell.