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Fun And Spooky Behind-The-Scenes Details From The Set Of Tim Burton's 'Sleepy Hollow'

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Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is a nostalgic favorite amongst fans of both the director and gothic horror in general. With its dark storyline, creepy atmosphere, and a great cast featuring the likes of Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, there's a reason it's still a Halloween-season staple today. 

So go behind the scenes, see how the filmmakers brought all the spooky details to life, and don't forget to vote up your favorite details and trivia from the making of Sleepy Hollow.

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    Suffering For His Craft

    In one interview, Casper Van Dien revealed that he broke a finger while filming the fight scene between Brom (his character) and the Horseman. Van Dien said, "My hands were getting hit all the time. On one of the very first shots, the sword came down and cracked my finger and broke it, and it turned black right away!" 

    It was extremely painful, but he carried on without telling anyone - he was worried they would have to stop filming and that as a result, his part in the movie would be cut short.

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    This Town Is Temporary

    Although Sleepy Hollow is a real-life village in New York, the film was shot in England. In just three months, the crew built the town from the ground up on 20 acres of land. They also populated the area with their own livestock, which lived on set for the duration of filming.

    Johnny Depp said of the fake town, “It was beautiful, I wanted to live there!

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    Johnny Depp Loves Playing The Ugly Duckling

    The Sleepy Hollow book paints Ichabod Crane as a rather strange-looking man, and Johnny Depp offered to add prosthetics to his face to give himself a huge nose, big ears, and gangly hands to better match that literary description. 

    However, director Tim Burton wanted to base his version of the character more on Crane's eccentric personality traits (like his squeamishness and neuroticism) rather than his physical appearance.

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    A Disturbance In The Force

    The cast includes three actors who have played Sith Lords in the Star Wars franchise: Sir Christopher Lee (Count Dooku), Ian McDiarmid (Darth Sidious), and Ray Park (Darth Maul) - although Park's face is never visible because he acted as one of the Headless Horseman's stunt doubles.

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