We're all familiar with the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. It was certainly one of the best Halloween movies the whole family could enjoy. Although technically, even though the movie was about Halloween, Hocus Pocus was actually released July 16, 1993 making it a summer film. You probably weren't aware of that, were you? Here's a few more things about the movie you probably weren't aware of.
1. Who would've played Max better?
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally offered the role of Max instead of Omri Katz, but turned it down to star in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Do you think Leo would've played the part better or was Omri just the Max we needed? Nothing against Leo, but I think Mr. Katz played the role perfectly.
2. Another almost character?!
Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but she turned it down because she didn’t want to play a “scary witch.” Again, no offense to the obviously more well known actor, but I don't think anyone could've captured the role of Mary Sanderson the way Kathy Najimy did.
3. Wait, so wouldn't that make her a real witch?!
It was revealed that Sarah Jessica Parker is a descendant of Esther Elwell, who was accused in the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. Sarah plays a Salem witch from 1693 and Esther was arrested in 1692 for committing “sundry acts of witchcraft” and choking a neighbor to death! How cool is that? I would've never guessed, although she did play that part a little too well..
4. Aw, it was our favorite role of yours as well!
During a BBC interview, Bette Midler said that out of all of her movie characters, Winifred Sanderson was her favorite! I absolutely loved her in this role! She nailed it!
5. Cat got your tongue?
Sean Murray played the human Thackery Binx, but was dubbed over by Jason Marsden, voice of the cat Binx, for consistency. They did an excellent job with that voice over! Did you also know, Thackery Binx is also McGee on the hit TV show NCIS? Wicked cool!
Hocus Pocus has become a Halloween tradition in many households. The movie airs on ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween every year! What did you think of the movie? Greatest children's Halloween movie or what?