The film was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sister of one Steven Spielberg. It was originally intended to be directed by Steven, who intended to cast Harrison Ford
in the lead role. However, Ford and Producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets) could not decide on a suitable Director.
Warren Beatty was in the running for the part of big Josh, but the Studio would not accommodate his outlandish fee of $7.5 million.
As performance research into the mannerisms of the other 'Josh', co-star David Moscow, Hanks reviewed videotapes of Moscow's actions and idiosyncrasies and carried these threads of behaviour into his own performance.
once stated in an interview that Jared Rushton, who played the character of Billy Kopeche, really has blond hair. Penny Marshall thought he was the boy for the part but thought that his blond hair gave him too much of a "California Kid" look, so he got the part on the condition that he died his hair and eye brows a darker color, hence the reddish-brown color of his hair in the movie.
Contributed by: Monica Rushton
The scene where Josh and Billy squirt silly string in poses of sneezing, barfing, etc. was not in the original script. It came from the rehearsal when Penny Marshall put Tom Hanks, Jared Rushton, and David Moscow in a studio room full of toys and just let them play together. When they got hold of the string they attempted to out-gross each other and that is how the scene ended up in the movie.
Contributed by: vince michaels
I was an extra in the scene in the toy store. I was walking in the background when he was laying on the floor shaking because he got zapped by the laser gun. it was nice to see Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall in the flesh. Very laid back and friendly people behind the scenes. You can tell they loved what they did for a living!
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: Melissa Wilson
There is a scene in the movie where Josh's girlfriend and he are fighting about why she can't make a wish on the zoltar machine and go back with him. She makes a comment that is something to the effect of "I can't go back to being a little girl in pigtails." In the ending that I remember in theatres, there is a final scene after Josh returns to his mother. He and Billy are sitting in school, and the teacher introduces a new girl. She has pigtails and looks like his old girlfriend. They smile and giggle a bit, and then the movie ends.
Contributed by: Ross Phillips
Allegedly an early version of "BIG" had an alternative ending in which the girl lead comes into Josh's classroom once he has gone back to school. She has obviously gone to the machine and wished to be "SMALL" and was played by a young actress who looked the spitting image of her elder counterpart.
Contributed by: Staci Baird
There was another ending to Big.. I watched it in the theatre and it does end with them in school the next day and Susan is there as a new student. I want that scene back. I was hoping it was in the new DVD I just purchased and I was so disappointed. I guess it was released at only a few screening theaters across the country and mine must have been one of them.
Sara wrote in to add that she saw that version originally, in Dublin, Ireland, and was disappointed when the version that I saw recently only had Josh walking down the road with Billy.
I remember going down to the video shop and hiring Big. I do remember the ending in question. From memory it rolled AFTER the credits. Susan turns up as the new student in Josh's class. My brother also remembers it, so, it isn't just me :) David, Coffs Harbour NSW Australia
Yes, I remember the ending where Susan comes back too, and is introduced as a new student, in pigtails, and so does my beloved - we bought the DVD recently, watched it & were both, completely independently, disappointed to NOT see this ending scene.