12 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Cocoon

Cocoon was one of those nice, family films from the 80s that anyone of any age could watch and enjoy, as it saw a group of elderly characters who experience a change after coming in to contact with some beings from outer space an their cocoons that they have been keeping secretly hidden. The film has humour and drama in equal parts, and we’re going to take a look back at it with some facts you probably never knew…

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1. One of the OAPs wasn’t an OAP!

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One of actors in the film, Wilford Brimley, had to have his hair dyed gray as he was only 50 years old at the time and so needed to look older for the film.

2. The film gave the actors food for thought

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The subject matter of the film, with older people being given almost a second chance at having their youthful days back, gave the actors plenty to think about and they had long discussions about the what-ifs this presented.

3. There were very different views

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Whilst some actors, such as Maureen Stapleton, were dead against the thought of the chance their characters were offered in the film, others such as Don Ameche said they would be first in line for the opportunity!

4. One actor got in to trouble

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Brian Dennehy got in to trouble when filming Cocoon as he was stopped for drink driving on a night out with Steve Guttenberg!

5. It’s all about who you know

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Four members of director Ron Howard’s family appeared in Cocoon, his brother Clint (who appears in all of his films), his mother and father, Jean and Rance, and his wife, Cheryl.

6. One couple were real

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Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn played a couple in Cocoon and were married in real life for many years, too, which is why they shared such good chemistry on screen.

7. This wasn’t their only film

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Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn also starred as a couple in another great 80s movie, Batteries Not Included, and worked together perfectly on that production, too.

8. One star took a pay cut

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Steve Guttenberg agreed to do Cocoon at a reduced fee to normal as he loved the script and wanted the opportunity to work with director, Ron Howard.

9. Ron Howard shouldn’t have directed

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Cocoon was originally meant to be directed by Robert Zemeckis, but Zemeckis was fired before the film even started shooting after poor test screenings of Romancing the Stone!

10. Nicholas Cage almost starred

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The part of Jack Bonner was nearly given to Nicholas Cage who was still finding his feet in Hollywood at the time, and would have seen a very different character had he been cast.

11. One actor was once good in the ring

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Hume Cronyn used to be a Golden Glove Boxer, and even ended up losing sight in one eye as a result of his bouts, but was very proficient in the ring.

12. This wasn’t the best thing for the film!

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Because of his boxing experience, coupled with being blind in one eye, when Hume Cronyn was called upon to hit a young orderly, due to his lack of depth perception he ended up not only hitting him for real, but knocking the young man out!

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Are you a fan of Cocoon? Is it one of those nice, gentle family films that you have also introduced your own kids to, to see what you watched growing up? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!