The Mummy

Trivia: Reportedly the cast had to have "kidnappers insurance" in case they were abducted and held for ransom during production. Most of the cast didn't realise this was part of their contracts until after filming was complete.


Trivia: Director Stephen Sommers intended to use the old 1930's "Universal Studios" logo as a throwback to the original film, but the idea was vetoed by Universal. Sommers also reportedly didn't much like the current studio logo at the time and was annoyed at having to use it.


Trivia: There is a persistent rumor that Leonardi DiCaprio was originally cast as Rick, but was forced to drop out due to other contractual obligations. This rumor has never been completely confirmed or denied.


Trivia: According to director Stephen Sommers, Universal Studios phoned him the morning after the film's release and said "We need another one."

Trivia: Production designer Allan Cameron found a dormant volcano near Erfoud in Morocco where the entire set for Hamunaptra could be constructed.

Trivia: Anck Su Namun's body paint took 6 hours to apply each time.

Trivia: Almost all of the muzzle-flashes in the film were digitally added, for two specific reasons. The first being that sometimes muzzle-flashes simply don't show up on film. And second, due to the environment in which the film was made, sand would constantly jam-up the guns the production was using, often in the middle of a shot.


Trivia: The soldier-mummies were not in the original script. Instead, Jonathan would accidentally bring to life a giant statue. It was cut for the enormous cost the computer effects for the statue would have incurred, and replaced with the soldier-mummies, since they could be accomplished mainly with old-school suit effects mixed with only minimal CG for specific shots.


Trivia: Somewhat ironically, the mummy's actor Arnold Vosloo really didn't like the look of the CGI mummy when he is first awakened. He felt the design was a little hokey and over-the-top. (Although he did like the look of the later "stages" the mummy takes on as he begins to regenerate).


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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the library, when Evie is putting back the books. She leans over to put the book back, but it falls to the ground and she is balancing on the ladder. When the camera cuts back to show the whole ladder, the book is nowhere to be found on the floor. (00:13:00)

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Rick: Well if it ain't my little buddy Beni. I think I'll kill you.
Beni: Think of my children.
Rick: You don't have any children
Beni: Someday I might.

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Question: No matter how many times I watch this, I don't count all 10 plagues. Do some end up on the cutting room floor?


Chosen answer: The plagues stop when they 'destroy' the mummy's powers. The good guys are trying to stop the mummy before the death of the first-born plauge (which they suceed in doing, as Jonathan survives the movie), as well as preventing the mummy from becoming all powerful and impossible to destroy - which would happen after the tenth plague. Some of the plagues, too, could have been happening while the good guys are in Hamunaptra and therefore not experiencing them themselves, bringing the total of plagues experienced by the outside world closer to nine.


Answer: The featured Plagues are: locusts, flies, water turning into blood, fiery hail, the sun turning black, boils and sores. The missing Plagues are: cattle disease, wild beasts, frogs, and death of the first-born sons.

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