Beetlejuice (film)/Trivia

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Robert Goulet as Charles Deetz's boss.
    • The art dealer who (attempts to) sell Delia's work is Dick Cavett.
      • The actor wearing the costume of the undead preacher is Tony Cox (though it's obviously not his voice).
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: In the original script, the film was imagined to be more like a graphic horror film rather than a comedy, and instead of marrying Lydia, Betelgeuse was originally going to rape her.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, the movie was to have Lydia be a minor character and was to be your typical movie teenager. She would also have a sister named Cathy who befriends the Maitlands. Somewhere along the planning process, Tim Burton decided to take character traits from both and make Lydia a Composite Character.
    • Likewise, Betelgeuse himself was a lot more sinister. Oh, and he had something along the lines of a Good Twin named Swallowtail.
      • Though it was with a different name, that plot point was eventually used in the animated adaption.
    • Also, originally, Tim Burton wanted Sammy Davis Jr. to play the role of Betelgeuse.
    • Wes Craven was the first choice to direct before Tim Burton got involved.