18. Pam Ferris ended up in hospital during filming
We could never forget Miss Trunchbull’s impressive hammer throw of poor pigtailed Amanda Thripp. But did you know that filming this classic scene almost cost Ferris one of her pinkies? Supportive wires were placed through the pigtails of the young actress, and Ferris held on to them with a loop. But when swinging the girl, the force of the manoeuver caused the loop to tighten, almost chopping off Ferris’ finger. In fact, she needed seven or eight stitches! Ouch.
17. Matilda’s real-life mom passed away after filming
Young Mara Wilson was an established film actor before she’d even reached 10 years old, but the young actress tragically lost her mom to breast cancer six months after wrapping Matilda. Her mom was diagnosed during filming, and the movie was ultimately dedicated to her. Filming, however, actually helped Wilson cope. In 2013 she told Parade, “I remember feeling, when I was part of Matilda, that it was nice because I could focus on everything good that was going on in my life. It was wonderful.”
16. After her mom died, Wilson lost interest in acting
After her mom passed, Wilson’s desire to act faded as she tried to come to terms with her loss and being famous at the same time. In 2013 she told Parade, “I just wanted to be a normal kid, especially after my mother died. I wish that I had stopped after Matilda. I wish that I had just focused on my own life for a while. Maybe gone to counseling or something…” Wilson’s had a few parts since, but she’s largely stayed away from on-screen work, preferring to stick to writing instead.