, the actor who portrays the Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, played the role without pay. Upon being interviewed for the part, informed of the story, he told the producers, "Don't tell my agent, but I will do this role for nothing."
Following the death of the real John Merrick, parts of his body were preserved for medical science to study. Some internal organs were kept in jars, and plastic casts were taken of his head, an arm and a foot. Although the organs were destroyed by German air raids during the second world war, the casts survived and were kept at the London Hospital. The makeup for John Hurt who played Merrick in the film, was designed from those casts.
Contributed by: pdclemens
I know of two deleted scenes from David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man', 1) Because I saw a preview screening of the film at 20th Century Fox Studios and that pre-release print contained two scenes which were later deleted, and, 2)Because I have an old VHS tape of Anthony Hopkins on a TV talk show and one of those two deleted scenes was shown on the program.
One of the two scenes was of Hopkins reading poetry aloud with John Hurt, back and forth, with each of them reading a stanza. I don't know the name of the poem, but a bit of it is still used at the end of the film and contains the phrase "Nothing will die."
The other deleted scene is between Hopkins and Hannah Gordon, as his wife, and takes place in their bedroom as Dr. Treves questions the ethics of his own motivations in his helping Merrick. That is the scene I still have on video.
There is a huge new release of various Lynch films and other supporting materials in a pricey collection called the "Lime Green Boxed Set" and there's a chance that those deleted scenes MAY be included there, but I'm not sure.