16 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About “The Lost City”

I need “The Lost City” blooper reel immediately please.

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for The Lost City.

The Lost City just hit theaters, and based on its box office pull, it seems the combination of Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and a dash of Brad Pitt for good measure, is already proving irresistible to fans.

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It brought in over $30 million during its debut weekend, knocking The Batman into second place after three straight weeks at the top.

Here are some other things you should know about the movie:


Sandra Bullock almost didn’t star in the film.

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She told Deadline at SXSW that’d she’d read the script a few years ago but passed because “it had been on the shelf for seven years,” and she felt it was “outdated.”

Later, Elizabeth Raposo, then a producer at Paramount, reached out to Bullock (another Paramount producer) about the project and told her she could do what she wanted with it.

“As soon as you’re given that allowance, you can see things that you couldn’t see before, because there weren’t a bunch of attachments to it,” Bullock added.


The Lost City is Sandra Bullock’s first romantic comedy since 2009.

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She starred in The Proposal that summer.


Speaking of The ProposalRyan Reynolds was originally supposed to play the male lead in The Lost City.

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Several months after it was announced he was in talks to play the role, Channing Tatum ultimately won. It was reported that he had to pass on the project because he had too many others in the works.


Sandra Bullock did end up reuniting with another former costar from The Proposalthough.

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Oscar Nuñez, who played Ramone in The Proposalappears in The Lost City.


The Proposal and The Lost City have something else in common.

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They’re both centered on characters in the publishing world. In The ProposalSandra Bullock plays a publishing executive trying to get a famous author to promote his new book, and in The Lost City, she plays a famous author whose agent is trying to get her to promote her new book.


Channing Tatum ad-libbed some lines that ended up being cut because they made Sandra Bullock laugh too hard.

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Yeah, I’m going to need those bloopers immediately.


Dash’s look is based on a Brad Pitt character.

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During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowTatum revealed that he told the producers, “I just want to look like Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt. Can you please just make me that, make me as close to that as you can?”


Brad Pitt appeared in the movie as a favor to his Bullet Train costar Sandra Bullock.

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“He and I have the same hairdresser, and she told him to do my movie, and she told me to do his movie,” she said at SXSW. “That is—honest to god—the truth.”


Daniel Radcliffe had a lot of fun playing a villain for a change.

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“There’s something freeing about being the villain where you don’t have to be the emotional center of the movie or even likable or sympathetic,” he said in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “But he was a particularly fun villain to play. He’s got a desperate desire to get approval from his dad. The fact that he’s kidnapping Sandra Bullock’s character, but all the while wanting her to think he’s cool and to think the situation he’s bringing her into is cool. All of his villainy is motivated by quite pathetic things.”


He was also very starstruck during a lot of the shoot.

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“I still have to pinch myself a little bit when I remember that I’m in a movie with [Sandra Bullock] and my name is appearing on the credits list with hers,” he said in the same interview. “I think it took me the first half of the shoot to stop being intimidated and in awe of her and start to be even remotely normal around her .”


The Lost City shares a lot of similarities with other romance-adventure films, like Romancing the Stone and The Mummy.

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The Lost City and Romancing the Stone both revolve around successful, lonely romance novelists who — at the behest of villainous treasure hunters — end up running around the jungle and ultimately falling in love with their rescuer.

Meanwhile, in his interview with the Toronto Sun, Daniel Radcliffe pointed out how much The Lost City and The Mummy have in common.

“There’s something about the tone of [The Mummy],” he said. “It’s portraying these incredibly dangerous, perilous situations, but they’re still being funny and quippy. You care about the characters and the love story, but it manages to be fun at the same time. That was my point of comparison for this, and I think we’ve been successful.”


In fact, The Mummy inspired Daniel Radcliffe to join The Lost City.

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“I had recently watched The Mummythe Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz [movie] and had a kind of like, ‘Aah! There are no movies like this’ moment,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “And then, I’d read [The Lost City script], and I was like, ‘Aah!’ That’s that same sort of, you know, just that totally fun adventure thing. When it’s done well, [it] is so much fun. And I think this is a really good example of them.”


Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum had met before — but not because they’re both actors.

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“We have two very, very strong-willed little girls that, you know, at that young age were very much buttin’ heads,” Channing told James Corden after he and Sandra revealed that they were called into the principal’s office of their daughters’ preschool.


Sandra Bullock brought a lot of herself into the character of Loretta.

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“There’s a lot of real life that’s in this film, at least for me,” she told Den of Geek, referring to Loretta’s introverted celebrity status. “So I just lean into what’s already being said about me or has been said about me.”


There was originally a different ending.

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Sandra told Collider that the treasure they find at the end of the movie was originally an actual treasure as opposed to a metaphorical one.


There’s a mid-credits scene.

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If you haven’t seen it, be sure to stick around for one last hilarious scene.

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