10 Things You Didn’t Know about “There Will Be Blood”

There Will Be Blood was brutal, plain and simple. Daniel Day-Lewis is by far one of the best actors to ever come around, but he’s also one of those that you might not want to see in front of you if you’re squeamish around people that really get into character. In this film he goes all out it feels like he’s about to really unload on someone, but the level of acting he performs is so great that no one else could have possibly pulled it off in such a manner.

As a hardened prospector he definitely makes it seem real.

10. The film actually delayed shooting on the set of No Country for Old Men.

No Country for Old Men was filming nearby and because of the pyrotechnical tests being used on an oil derrick the Cohen brothers had to stop filming until the smoke dissipated the next day.

9. The kid in the film almost wasn’t allowed to play his part.

His mother had never heard of Daniel Day-Lewis and was given a copy of Gangs of New York to watch. Based on that she didn’t want her son anywhere near him. But then she was given a copy of The Age of Innocence and she calmed down a bit.

8. Day-Lewis was integral to this film.

It was said more than once by more than one person that this film would not have been the same if it wasn’t for Day-Lewis.

7. The cast and the director would have the same meal every Wednesday night to keep the main character in mind.

Every Wednesday they would sit down to a meal of steak and straight vodka so that they could keep the character of Daniel Plainview in mind.

6. The fake oil was the stuff that is used in chocolate milkshakes at McDonald’s.

When they stuff you’d really hope they mean chocolate syrup or something with chocolate in it. But these days you just never know.

5. The first real line of dialogue doesn’t occur until 14 minutes into the film.

There is a moment when there’s an utterance of the word ‘no’, but if you count actual dialogue then it takes a bit longer for the movie to really get going.

4. Day-Lewis based his character around a couple of different personalities.

He based his acting on a real-life oil man that existed back in the day, but for his movements he modeled himself after Dracula.

3. Day-Lewis worked on this role for three years.

This man’s dedication to his role is absolutely intense. He does just about everything like this when it comes to getting ready for a role and he hardly ever breaks character.

2. The person that plays H.W. is actually deaf.

That lent some true authenticity to the character and allowed the movie to seem a bit more natural, but it also seems a lot more horrible since Plainview mocked H.W.’s deafness.

1. There are only four deaths in this entire movie. 

For a movie with this kind of intensity and Daniel Day-Lewis that seems pretty low, but it’s also not like Gangs of New York so it’s easier to see why.

I drink your milkshake!

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