Trivia for Ghost Rider Film (2007)
Jon Voight was attached to the project at one point but dropped out.
A large group of on-lookers converged on a bridge in Melbourne to watch scenes being filmed in a nearby location. Over the four days of filming at this location, the crowds grew so large that traffic was often disrupted and public transport operators reported an unusual jump in passenger traffic to the area.
Some scenes were filmed near Flinders St Station, the busiest railway station in Melbourne. Parts of the station were closed for filming, as well as minor alterations to train services being made.
Nicolas Cage’s hairpiece required three hours to apply every day.
To create the Ghost Rider’s voice, sound designer Don Davis recorded all of Nicolas Cage’s lines as the Ghost Rider, and then filtered them through three different kinds of animal growls (played backwards, covering three separate frequencies) and then played them through a mechanical volumizer, before finally giving them a fiery crackle. Director Mark Steven Johnson compared it to “a deep, demonic, mechanical lion’s roar” and says that “one thing is for sure, his voice will shake the theatre!”
Johnny Depp’ was interested in playing the title role.
Nicolas Cage’s computer generated skull was made from a three dimensional x-ray taken of his actual skull.
Both Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage have houses in Bath, Somerset.
One of the bridges being used in Melbourne was months away from completion, so the studio paid to have tar, lines, lights etc added to the highway for filming purposes. The work was then ripped up and redone to meet Australian Safety Standards.
The flame tank chopper Johnny Blaze rides is a modern replica of the “Captain America” chopper that Peter Fonda rides in Easy Rider.
The shotgun used in the movie is a Model 1887 Winchester lever-action shotgun.
Nicolas Cage wrote sections of the script.
There is a scene in the movie where the Ghost Rider (played by Nicolas Cage), while riding through the desert, rides past a lizard on a rock. The lizard bursts into flame. This is strongly reminiscent of a similar scene from another Nicolas Cage movie, Raising Arizona. In that movie Nicolas Cage’s character has a dream where his evil side is riding through the desert on a motorcycle, and shoots a lizard off a rock by the side of the road. The camera angles are practically identical. When both Ghost Riders (Johnny Blaze and Carter Slade) ride together to San Venganza there is a scene where Blaze is riding in the foreground with Slade just behind him and slightly in front so both can be clearly seen. This scene pays homage to a painting and its late artist David Mann. The painting was entitled appropriately Ghost Rider but had nothing to do with the Marvel character.
The Johnny Blaze video game seen in the movie is actually a game called Crusty Demons developed by UK games company “Climax”. Climax also developed the Ghost Rider video game.
The Caretaker/Carter Slade Ghost Rider character is a tribute to the original Marvel Comics Ghost Rider (now called The Phantom Rider to avoid confusion). However, the character in the comics is simply a regular human who wears a white costume and rides a white painted horse which both covered with phosphorous for a glowing effect.
Director Mark Steven Johnson actually put forward his own money so that an action sequence where Ghost Rider battles a helicopter could be made.
When Johnny and Mack are on the tour bus and Mack is watching TV, the motorcycle rider shown is Travis Pastrana.
Ghost Rider was originally planned for a summer 2006 release. However, director Mark Steven Johnson asked for more time to complete more action shots. One of these shots is the scene in which Ghost Rider battles a helicopter.
The motorcycle crash shown in the movie where the rider falls and hits his head against the front wheel of the bike is actually real. The stunt driver lost balance during the stunt and the director decided to use that action part in the movie. The rider was not hurt
During the shoot, Nicolas Cage was the guest of Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix race.
Ghost Rider was sent to theaters under the name Costly Pact.