27 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About "Everything Everywhere All At Once"

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    Everything Everywhere All At Once is one of the most unique movies that's come out in years. It's hilarious, action-packed, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. It takes a lot of work to achieve such a feat, so let's take a peek behind the scenes to see how they pulled it off.

    1. The hot dog hands were real prosthetic gloves, not CGI.

    A man holds a glove with hot dogs instead of fingers

    2. Films usually have a fake name while under production to keep the details secret, and the working title for this movie was A Woman Tries to Do Her Taxes.

    Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn sits at a table with countless receipts to do her taxes

    3. This was Ke Huy Quan's first major role in 20 years.

    Ke Huy Quan as Waymond, wheeling his father-in-law through an IRS building

    4. "Your clothes never wear as well the next day, your hair never falls in quite the same way," is both a line Alpha Waymond says to Evelyn and a line from the Nine Days song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)."

    Waymond, dressed in a nice tux with his hair slicked back, turns towards Evelyn

    5. Five people who did not go to school for visual effects did all the CGI for the film in their bedrooms during the pandemic.

    Michelle Yeoh stands in front of a green screen, acting as if she's being pulled through multiple universes

    Check out some of their tricks in the video below:

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    6. In an early version of the story, Evelyn was meant to have ADHD, which would've been the reason for her ability to tap into other universes.

    Evelyn and Joy stand in a white hall, red light shining on Evelyn's face

    Daniels started out in music videos, most notably DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What."

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    7. Speaking of "Turn Down For What," Sunita Mani (one of the main characters in the video) is the woman in the musical playing on Evelyn's television in the laundromat.

    Sunita Mani stands in an apartment in the music video for Turn Down For What

    8. Co-director Dan Kwan shot some of the city scenes that flash by as Evelyn is pulled through different universes himself, walking around New York with a pocket cam.

    Michelle Yeoh is pulled through the city streets of New York, a neon pizza sign behind her

    9. Director Michele Gondry's blend of surreal special effects and heartfelt storytelling was a big inspiration.

    Jim Carrey as Joel in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    10. International titles for the film include: 瞬息全宇宙 (In an Instant, the Entire Universe) in China, 奇異女俠玩救宇宙 (Weird Woman Warrior Fucks Around and Saves the Universe) in Hong Kong, and 媽的多重宇宙 (So Fucking Many Universes) in Taiwan.

    The Chinese title card for Everything Everywhere All At Once, which roughly translates to Fucking Multiverse

    11. In this shot, Ke Huy Quan is in LA, Michelle Yeoh is in Paris, and Jamie Lee Curtis isn't present at all.

    Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, and Daniel Scheinert sharing the screen in a van

    12. Many of Deirdre's wardrobe details were chosen by Jamie Lee Curtis herself.

    Jamie Lee Curtis as Deirdre the IRS agent

    13. Ke's body language coach read the script and told him there were three Waymonds. Regular Waymond (Evelyn's husband) is a squirrel, Alpha Waymond is an eagle, and CEO Waymond (in the kung fu/movie star universe) is a fox.

    Ke Huy Quan as Alpha Waymond, wearing light-up glasses

    14. In the kung fu/movie star universe (where Evelyn is basically Michelle Yeoh), they used real red-carpet footage from Yeoh's career. You can even briefly see her in front of a sign for Crazy Rich Asians.

    Evelyn as the celebrity version of herself in another universe

    15. To prepare for her dual-performance as both Joy and Jobu Tupaki, Stephanie Hsu drew a map to chart both of their arcs throughout the movie.

    Stephanie Hsu wearing pink eye shadow as wind whips her hair

    16. In the universe where Evelyn and Jobu are rocks, there was originally supposed to be audible dialogue. It was Michelle Yeoh who suggested the scene be totally silent.

    Evelyn as a rock with googly eyes

    17. The pandemic halted shooting with just one day left.

    Daniel Scheinert behind the scenes on set

    18. The film wrapped way back in March of 2020, and they got two weeks of post-prediction in before everyone had to go remote due to the pandemic.

    Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Dan Kwan behind the scenes

    19. The first cut of the movie was almost three hours.

    Paul Rogers, who edited the film, shows his digital workspace

    20. The actors would go to each director for different questions. For example, Daniel Schienert (right in the picture below) used to act, so he's the go-to for many character questions. Dan Kwan (left), on the other hand, is great with physical comedy.

    Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert examining a monitor on set

    21. Both Daniels (the directors) make appearances in the movie.

    Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert demonstrating Evelyn's movements to Michelle Yeoh before a take

    22. The security guard and the guy who fights Evelyn alongside him (better known as the two dudes with butt plugs) are Brian and Andy Le, brothers who run the MartialClub YouTube channel.

    Brian Le behind the scenes on set

    23. The rainy alleyway where Evelyn and Waymond talk in the movie star universe was inspired by In the Mood for Love.

    24. Awkwafina was originally considered for the role of Joy.

    25. The film's inspirations include The Matrix, Kill Bill, It's a Wonderful Life, and Michelle Yeoh's entire filmography.

    Uma Thurman in Kill Bill

    26. 🚨[SPOILER]🚨 — The bagel and the googly eye are exact opposites, with the bagel being black with white in the center, and the googly eye being white with black at its center. Each symbolizes a side of the core conflict in the movie.

    Also, the best Joy outfit is the Elvis look with the leashed pig. Prove me wrong in the comments!