When I watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I was stunned by how good the props were. Of course, I was a kid, so I would have been stunned by anything they put in front of me, but for some reason that movie always sticks out to me as incredible.
I've often wondered what it would be like to be immersed in a whole new world on a movie set, where things are larger than life and stuff we thought wasn't possible is right in front of our eyes. Aren't the actors tempted to take most of the stuff home?
The answer is yes, and these ones did!
1. James Caan
In the movie adaptation of Stephen King's Misery, Caan plays Paul Sheldon, who rewrites the lead character's story to have a more favorable ending. Caan took the typewriter home with him after the movie wrapped.
2. Chris Pratt
Christ Pratt may be making Marvel money now, but he still apparently needs clothes! The Guardians of the Galaxy actor took home his Star-Lord jacket, but the reason is actually sweet!
"I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone, say, like Russell Wilson and go visit kids…" Pratt said. "If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I'll do that."
3. Ian McKellen
The Lord of the Rings star took home some of his costume from his role as Gandalf, which was fine because people knew about it.
However, director Peter Jackson flat out asked if McKellen had taken anything else, and he lied.
“I’ve got the keys to Bag End!” he said happily in an interview. “And I’ve got some knives and forks. I know Peter Jackson was saying, ‘We’ve lost the keys to Bag End,’ and I had to keep very quiet.”
4. Dakota Johnson
The 50 Shades of Grey actress admits she took home her character's underwear, because they were comfortable." That seems to be as good a reason as any.
She also admitted to taking home one of the naughtier props as well.
"I do have a flogger in my house," she said. "It's in the garage with dust."
5. Robert Downey Jr.
It only makes sense that the richest Avenger, both in real life and on-screen, would take home the biggest prop he could. Though he didn't technically steal this prop, it's still pretty crazy.
On the last Avengers, there’s this scene where there’s this ‘A’ which is probably 30 feet tall, and I’m looking at it, and we’re shooting in England, and I go, ‘I need that in my office in Venice.’
About two weeks ago, a wheeler showed up, I’m like, ‘What the heck is this doing here?’ ” he said. “And they go, ‘This is the ‘A’ you asked for.’ And I go, ‘They brought it?’ So now we have a massive Avengers ‘A’ that will be prominently placed.
6. Rupert Grint
Even though Grint played Harry Potter's best friend, he still "kind of stole, I suppose" the number four from 4 Privet Drive, where Potter was abandoned as a baby.
"That’s quite a nice thing to keep. And they did give me Dumbledore’s Deluminator at the end," he added.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence's character of Katniss in The Hunger Games series showcased how young women can be total bad-asses, and she also showed that you can do it dressed in casual clothes.
Lawrence says she kept the character's leather jacket and boots, but that "they’re just hanging in my closet. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them.”
8. Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg played Scotty in Star Trek Into Darkness, and he managed to walk away with an iconic Starfleet badge, even though he wasn't supposed to.
"On the first film, every day we'd hand back our badge and I had a Starfleet ring," he said. "This one, I stole my badge. It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it's a beautiful little brass thing. And I put it in my bag."
9. Chris Hemsworth
Though there's only one of Thor's hammers in the Marvel Universe, there are multiple in real life. Chris Hemsworth has managed to steal five replicas of the iconic Mjolnir, and even keeps one in a strange place.
I've got five. One's in the toilet. It's next to the toilet, if you need some assistance... Often, people stay in there a little longer and I think it's because of the hammer. It's pretty heavy, and one of my sons in particular who's a beefy little kid certainly is sort of like Papa look, looking I can do it. [Then drops it], so the hammer's got a few dents in it and scratches.
10. Gabrielle Union
The actress is one of the few to continue her success after Bring It On, but even though her career has moved forward, she can't seem to get rid of the cheerleading outfit she took from set. She says that she'll do a big clean out every few months of her closet, but that's the one thing she won't part with.
11. Daniel Radcliffe
It should come as a surprise to no one that Radcliffe took a few pairs of Harry Potter's glasses home with him.
"The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet," he said in an interview. "They are all lens-less as well. There was rarely ever any glass in the actual glasses, because of filming problems with reflections."
12. Emma Watson
Watson played the brainy and brave Hermione, so it makes sense that she took home a cloak, a wand, and time-turner from her time on the Harry Potter set.
13. Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg's acquisition is the most personal, that's for sure. He decided to take home his character's prosthetic penis from Boogie Nights.
I used to keep it in my desk drawer, and I’d take it out and slap my friends in the face with it. I don’t keep many things from my movies, but that just seemed to have personal significance.
[I] didn’t think there would be that much interest in it but maybe I can at some point sell it at auction for charity.
14. Sean Astin
Sean Astin technically owns the treasure map from The Goonies but he doesn't actually know where it is...and he doesn't know if he was supposed to take it.
I don’t believe we were formally gifted these items. But I remember being in possession of it.
I may owe [my mom] an apology… I moved out when I was eighteen, but I left all of my stuff at home. When I say I moved out, I mean I moved my body out… When I came back, my mom had sold our house. She bought another house.
But for eighteen years, I had saved some things, thrown some things away. But now nobody knows where the map is. It wasn’t in any of the boxes. But one really cool thing that happened was, a few years ago, my dad brought over this U.S. Mail box. You know those plastic bins?
And it had a bunch of junk in it, like one car from a train set, and a sock… My wife put it in the garage and it just sat there. Then one day she slid it over to me. And I was like, ‘Oh, look, honey! A letter to my girlfriend from when I was eleven.’ And then on the side of that, I pulled out the skull and crossbones key.
And I was like, ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ So, yeah. Maybe my mom has it and she doesn’t know where it is. Maybe one of my friends took it from my room. Who knows?