The Elephant Man

Trivia: The "Best Make-Up" Academy Award was created after the outcry that this film didn't receive an award for make-up (which was a special award at the time).

Trivia: Director David Lynch has a cameo as a member of the angry mob who chases John Merrick when he returns to London.

Trivia: The actor playing Alderman is actually named Frederick Treves, though he is not the same as the Treves who wrote the book.

Trivia: While on the set for Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate", Hurt was so bored on set because of Cimino's attention to detail and slow film making that he went back to Britain, made The Elephant Man, and came back to shoot scenes for Heaven's Gate. For The Elephant Man, he won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe; Heaven's Gate, meanwhile, is considered by some to be one of the worst films ever made.

Deliberate mistake: Joseph (John) Merrick's speech was never as audible as shown in the film, and several operations were needed before he could speak at all. Even after that, Frederick Treves often had to "translate" what Merrick said because the majority of people still had problems understanding him. [Probably changed to simplify the storytelling, but still inaccurate].

David Mercier

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John Merrick: No! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I. Am... A man!

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