While you wait for a new season of Stranger Things, it’s best to pass the time by thinking of all the cool things going on behind the scenes of everyone's favorite sci-fi spectacle, filmed in Hawkins, IN (or Atlanta, if you want to get specific). Stories from the set of Stranger Things are just as fascinating as the show, and they give the audience a more in-depth look at what makes Stranger Things so compelling.
These fun facts about the cast of Stranger Things open up the world of the show, and reveal everything from what the cast gets up to when they’re not filming, to how some of your favorite special effects were created. You’ll learn about which cast members actually fought during a major scene, and who hangs out the most when they’re not filming. On top of all that, the series creators, the Duffer brothers, have some insight into their love of all things Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. When you're done here, make sure to also check out our list of shows like Stranger Things.
At the onset of Stranger Things, the audience meets Steve, a typical '80s assh*le, complete with Ray Bans and a popped collar. The Duffer Brothers had initially planned to do away with Steve, but when they started getting to know actor Joe Keery, they rewrote the entire character.
In an appearance on Beyond Stranger Things Matt Duffer explained, "Once we found Joe [Keery], Steve started to evolve a bit and became more charming and likeable to the point where when we were writing season one we realized we wanted to give him more of an arc."
At the end of season one, the audience gets the full view of Eleven's mental power when she flips a van of goons being driven by the scientists at Hawkins Lab. It's an amazing scene and it cost a lot of money. According to the Duffer Brothers, they hadn't planned on the scene, and when they decided to do it, the line producer nixed the idea - but they convinced their money person and ended up spending some real cash.
First the Duffers filmed the kids with a locked-off camera, and in a separate shot, they filmed the van flipping by utilizing a set up explosions under the van. The first test went well, but then when they filmed it, "the [devices] didn’t go off and the van skidded headfirst into one of our cameras, destroying both the camera and its lenses, and costing the production thousands of dollars."
The line producer almost squashed the whole thing, but luckily they got a second take and nailed it.
In season 2 of Stranger Things, Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) is playing father figure to Eleven (Brown) and they are not getting along. She's upset about not being able to be let out of the house, and he's worried about her being caught by the scientists at the lab. They get into a lot of major fights, and it turns out that some of those emotions were real.
Brown explained at Paleyfest in 2018 that the two actors "went through so many different emotions...we get angry at each other, we are like father and daughter." She continued, "We got angry at each other, we would express our feelings on and off the set, and...those scenes were so raw and real that the reward is the scenes."
One of the most exciting moments for fans of Stranger Things was getting to see the main characters dressed in period appropriate Ghostbusters costumes. It turns out that those costumes were harder to get approved than pretty much anything on the show - specifically because they had to talk to the guys that made Ghostbusters.
The Duffer Brothers revealed that they had to call the film's director, Ivan Reitman, who then had to get in contact with the film's writer, Dan Aykroyd, before they could have permission to use the suits.
The brothers explained, "[Ivan] had seen the first season or at least had heard of it or pretended like he had. But they were really into being part of the show. Then they sent us all these Ghostbusters toys at the end of the shoot. That’s one of my top 5 most worn-out VHS tapes."