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.
The Character Of Steve Was Rewritten Because Joe Keery Was So Cool
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."81544Is this compelling?
The Duffer Brothers Had To Jump Through Major Hoops To Score The 'Ghostbusters' Costumes
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."53054Is this compelling?
David Harbour And Millie Bobby Brown Really Fought On Set
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."53365Is this compelling?
Millie Bobby Brown Wasn't On Board With Shaving Her Head
One of the most affecting visuals of Stranger Things is Millie Bobby Brown's shaved head. And even though the look was written into the script, Brown and her family were still unsure about what the look would do for her future roles. In order to get Brown pumped up for her buzz-cut, the Duffer Brothers showed her a picture of Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, and that swayed her.
The Duffers told EW, "Fortunately, Mad Max: Fury Road was about to come out, so we pulled out a magazine photograph of Charlize Theron as Furiosa and showed it to Millie. 'Charlize looks totally bad*ss, right?' Millie agreed; Charlize looked badass. And that was it: She agreed to buzz it all off."42347Is this compelling?