'Edward Scissorhands' Turns 30 — See Interesting Trivia about This Cult Classic

It has been thirty years since the cult classic which starred Johnny Depp was released. Here are some interesting things about "Edward Scissorhands."

When "Edward Scissorhands" was released, it was not the cinema blockbuster it was expected to be, although, over time, people came to love the movie, and it became a cult classic.

Just as with every movie, there are always exciting facts about them, and "Edward Scissorhands" has quite a few interesting trivia surrounding it. From the lead character to the setting of the scene, here are some of those tidbits.

A scene from the 1990 movie "Edward Scissorshand" | Photo: YouTube/ Movieclips

A scene from the 1990 movie "Edward Scissorshand" | Photo: YouTube/ Movieclips


One fascinating thing is that the movie ought to have been a musical. The film directed by Tim Burton was meant to have followed other musical movies like "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" and "Corpse Bride," among others, but it was changed.

The musical's soundscore had even been written by Caroline Thompson, who was the screenwriter for the movie. The music's title was "I Can't Handle It," and although a musical was looking more likely, when Burton read the story version, he decided to stick with it.


Burton had originally wanted Tom Cruise to play Edward's role, but after their first meeting, where Cruise asked a lot of questions, Burton had to drop him despite him being the "IT" boy at the time. 

Following the drop of Cruise, Depp was considered even though his biggest movie at the time was "Cry Baby." Other actors like Jim Carrey, Robert Downey Jr., and Michael Jackson were also considered to play Edward's role.


Many have wondered what or who inspired the character of Edward Scissorhands, and it is worthy of note that it was inspired by Burton's high school drawing.

When he was in high school, Burton spent a lot of time drawing, and one day the idea of a man with scissors instead of hands hit him. He kept the drawing all those years and developed the story around it.

Also, for Thompson, who wrote the script, her dog inspired some of the things she wrote about Edward. His mannerism and curious mind were written with her dog Ariel in mind.


At the time the movie was written and produced, the impact it was going to have on the disabled community was not entirely known.

The film has become a resonating force for people with disabilities, encouraging them to seek inclusiveness, despite societal standards seeking to make them outcasts.

In all, those who acted in the movie's roles have gone on to have outstanding careers in Hollywood. From Depp, who became famous for his "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise role, to Winona Ryder, who has a Golden Globe Award to her name now. "Edward Scissorhands" is indeed a classic worth seeing.

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp attend the premiere of Cry Baby on April 3, 1990 at Club MK in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp attend the premiere of Cry Baby on April 3, 1990 at Club MK in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


One of the greatest actors of that time was Vincent Price, and he was Burton's idol. Price, who had played a lot of roles in horror movies, played the scientist who created Edward. Working with Price was one of Burton's life long dreams, which he was able to achieve.

Sadly, this was the last movie Price acted in before he passed away in 1993. His role was supposed to be larger in the movie, but due to his illness at the time, he was suffering from emphysema and Parkinson's disease, his screen time had to be reduced.

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