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24 Behind-the-Scenes Facts from the Original 'Pacific Rim'

Updated June 20, 2020 55.3k views24 items

Pacific Rim is every 12-year-old's dream... giant scary monsters versus huge robots? C'mon! With a $200 million budget, the sci-fi film's creators made a robot battle look as totally insane than the most imaginative pre-teen's fantasy. When it comes to furious action and intense fight scenes, the movie delivered. 

The CGI effects plus the endless charm of actor Charlie Day made Pacific Rim the fun romp it was advertised to be. American audiences liked it and foreign audiences loved it. It turned quite a sizable profit with all those foreign sales. Overall, the film grossed a little over $100 million in the US and a little over $300 million abroad, totaling $400 million dollars-plus. It also spawned great Pacific Rim fan theories. And, of course, it led the way for the 2018 sequel, starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood: Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Before we start dreaming about what future madness the Kaiju and the Jaegers may be bringing in the form of anime to Netflix sometime in 2020, let's take a look at all the work that went into the original 2013 film, directed by the legendary Guillermo del Toro, known for “Mimic,” “Hellboy,” and the Spanish-language film “Pan’s Labyrinth." There are many cool little intricacies you may have missed while things were being punched and slammed.

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  • There Was Almost an Amazing Subplot Involving Language and Human Connection

    An earlier version of the script would have Mako (played by actor Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (played by actor Charlie Hunnam) speaking two different languages for the film. After connecting as pilots, they would slowly begin to understand each other, and before the end would hear one another speaking in their respective languages. The only remnant of a language barrier is in the scene when Raleigh talks to Mako in Japanese, surprising her that he knows her home language.

  • Charlie Day Thought His Character Was Part Rock Star, Part Nerd

    Regarding his character's look, Charlie Day said of his Newton Geiszler character, "But in terms of the general look, his sort of rock and roll look, we had a long conversation.  I think we both agreed that it comes from a place of — you know, Newt is incredibly smart, too smart for his own good, and aware of that.  He wants to be like the guys fighting the monsters and he wants to be this rock and roll tough guy, and he’s not. For lack of a better term, he’s the nerdy scientist. But I think he has the fear of growing up to look like all the other nerdy scientists with the lab coat, sort of the look that Burn Gorman has in the movie, of his lab partner, Gottlieb. I think he rebels against it as much as he can.  He’s sort of a failed musician and he has the tattoos of the Kaijus on his arms and he sort of goes with this Sid Vicious kind of look, which both suits and doesn’t suit him, you know?  It speaks more to who he wants to be than who he is. And I actually think over the course of the story he gets a chance to be that hero, but just not in the typical kind of hero way."

  • Guillermo del Toro Made Pacific Rim Because He Loves "Robot P*rn"

    "Robot p*rn" is how del Toro describes the look of the film. He went on to say, "It doesn't want to be a dystopian, existential summer movie that took a genre that was well-loved and showed you the dark side of mankind."

  • That Newton's Cradle Joke Is More Meaningful Than You Think

    When the Gipsy Danger is fighting the second Kaiju in Hong Kong, it punches through a building and sets off a set of Newton's balls (or Newton's cradle). The scientist that the Kaiju was chasing is named Dr. Newton Geizler.