We played a game with the first Saw, but the franchise moves on! Believe it or not, Saw II will be celebrating its 11th birthday in 2016. It may seem like just yesterday that we were first put face-to-face with the man behind the Jigsaw puppet, but clearly some time as passed. The question remains: Do you think you remember everything about Saw II?
You might remember the story and how it influenced the remainder of the franchise, but I would be willing to bet there are things about the second installment that you still didn't know. With this article, we will focus on 10 facts about Saw II that aren't commonly known. Although many fans regard Saw as the best film of the franchise, this impressive sequel definitely gave it a run for its money.
10. It took over 120,000 syringes to fill the needle pit
It took four production assistants four days to attach plastic, fiber-optic tips to the syringes to make them safe but still realistic. Production designer David Hackl added gelatin and water to make the syringes easier to move around while in the pit.
9. The whole film took less than a month to shoot
Short filming schedules seemed to be a main habit of the franchise. Saw took just 18 days, while Saw II took 25 days.
8. Shawnee Smith was pregnant during filming
Not only was she four months pregnant, but she kept it a secret from the entire production staff until after filming wrapped. She was nervous that her role would have been reduced or eliminated entirely if she revealed the truth.
7. The bathroom was recreated from scratch
Seeing how Saw was the only film of the franchise to be filmed in Los Angeles, the bathroom set had to be completely recreated from scratch for a production in Toronto. They did a pretty good job, eh?
6. Director Darren Lynn Bousman makes a cameo
Although the character's identity was altered in future films, Bousman briefly appears as the hooded figure inserting the key behind Michael's eye in the opening sequence.
5. Only three actors from the first film returned
Despite the film being a direct continuation of its predecessor, only three actors returned for the sequel: Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer, and Shawnee Smith.
4. Xavier wasn't always Frankie G
Originally, punk rock icon Henry Rollins was cast as the house trap's tough guy, Xavier. However, scheduling conflicts prevented him from staying involved and Frankie G was cast in his place.
3. Saw II sold the most DVD copies of the whole franchise
In the initial week of its release, Saw II sold 3,000,000 home DVD copies.
2. The script featured a different title for the film
The film wasn't originally going to be titled Saw II. The running title for the script written by Leigh Whannell and Darren Lynn Bousman was "The Desperate."
1. Production was extremely protective about the ending
Director Darren Lynn Bousman, and the Lionsgate producers were so protective that they didn't issue the last 25 pages of the script. The only actors to receive the end pages were those crucial to the scenes.