- Though it’s not always easy to take things from a movie set without getting caught, many famous actors have managed to take props home from sets to keep as mementos.
- Margot Robbie and her fellow “Birds of Prey” castmates said they have taken things like arm casts, bats, jewellery, and clothing from set.
- For example, Robert Downey Jr. said he took home a giant letter “A” from the “Avengers” set.
- Emma Watson said she took a few things from the set of “Harry Potter.”
- Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss’ leather jacket and boots from the “Hunger Games” set.
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Actors spend a lot of time on set, so it’s not too surprising when they take home a few mementos to symbolise their time spent portraying a certain character.
Movie studios typically own the props that help make movies magical so it’s not exactly easy for actors to swipe things from set. But sometimes stars find a way to take home some impressive or strange props.
Here are some actors who took props home from their movie sets.
Dakota Johnson said she didn’t take anything “scandalous” from “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Dakota Johnson told InStyle that she “hardly kept anything” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” set – and the items she did take are pretty mundane.
“I kept regular stuff like socks and T-shirts,” she told the publication. “Nothing scandalous.”
Reese Witherspoon’s contract for “Legally Blonde 2” allowed her to take home a huge wardrobe.
In an interview on “The Graham Norton Show,” Reese Witherspoon said she brought home her entire wardrobe from “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde.”
She added that keeping the wardrobe was part of her contract and that the looks included 77 pairs of designer Jimmy Choo shoes.
Witherspoon explained that she hasn’t worn any of the items since she brought them home.
“I’ve never touched them [since] and then on the 15th anniversary I took them all out of storage and tried them all on,” Witherspoon said. “Some of them fit, some of them didn’t, and then I, yeah, I showed them all to my daughter and it was really cool.”
“Birds of Prey” star Margot Robbie has some wardrobe items from the movie.
“I took a pair of shorts that we didn’t actually end up wearing as one of the costumes, but I actually really liked them,” Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, told MTV International.
She also said she has a shirt from Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in the film. Smollett-Bell also said that Robbie has one of Harley’s signature bats.
Ella Jay Basco has a cast from “Birds of Prey.”
Ella Jay Basco, who played Cassandra Cain in “Birds of Prey,” said she got to take home her character’s pink cast.
“They ended up making like 15 of them, so [the crew was] just like, ‘Just take one,” she told MTV International.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell also has a few things from “Birds of Prey.”
Smollett-Bell, who played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in “Birds of Prey” told MTV International that she took Harley Quinn’s bat that says ‘goodnight’ and some jewellery worn by her own character, including a belly chain and a nose ring.
Aaron Paul took a car from “Need for Speed.”
After filming the 2014 racing film “Need for Speed” (2014), Aaron Paul took home the 1969 Ford Torino GT from it, per Men’s Journal.
Aaron Paul also has a letter from “El Camino.”
After filming the “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (2019), Paul kept the letter than his character wrote to Brock, his ex-girlfriend’s young son.
Per Men’s Journal, Paul has the letter framed.
Daisy Ridley said she was given a lightsaber from the “Star Wars” movies.
In a 2019 interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the films, shared that she was given a lightsaber from the “Star Wars” set.
“I worry that someone’s going to track me down and break into my house, so I do need to say it’s in a safe place,” she added. “It’s not in my house. “
Adam Driver has some props from his time filming “Star Wars.”
Actor Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker,” said he brought home “a lot of stuff” from the movie set.
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Driver said he has a box containing his lightsaber and that he took his costume from the set, with permission.
Zac Efron said he has taken a few things from a wide variety of his movie roles.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Efron said he’s taken a few things from movies he’s been in.
He said he took his board shorts from “Baywatch,” his basketball jersey from “High School Musical,” and the belt he wore as Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He said he sometimes still wears the belt.
Ashley Tisdale said she took her character’s entire “High School Musical” wardrobe.
In 2018, Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay Evans in “High School Musical,” told BuzzFeed that she took her character’s entire wardrobe from the first film.
“A lot of our clothes are in hall of fames and they didn’t have Sharpay’s stuff and Disney tried so hard to get the clothes from me and I was like ‘No, this is mine,” she told BuzzFeed. “So yeah, they don’t have any of the clothes from the first movie. I do.”
Vanessa Hudgens has an iconic necklace from “HSM.”
“I feel like I need to sell it for charity because it’s literally sitting in a little bag rusting,” she added.
Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss’ leather jacket and boots from the “Hunger Games” set.
From 2012 to 2015, Jennifer Lawrence portrayed literary hero Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” film series.
Katniss was skilled at both hunting and archery and was rarely seen on screen without her brown leather jacket and boots.
In an E! News interview from the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Lawrence was asked if she took anything home from the final film set and responded, “I have the leather jacket – the leather hunting jacket – and my leather hunting boots.”
Robert Downey Jr. said he has the giant Avenger’s “A” from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” set.
The expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe can be traced back to its humble beginnings with “Iron Man” (2008), so it makes sense that Iron Man himself (Robert Downey Jr.) would want a piece of Avengers history.
“On Age of Ultron, there was a massive Avengers ‘A’ outside the Avengers centre. I have it,” Downey said during a ” Jimmy Kimmel Live” interview for “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.
Chris Hemsworth said he took home multiple copies of Thor’s hammer.
During a 2018 interview about “Thor: Ragnarok,” Jimmy Kimmel asked Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if he got to take Thor’s famed hammer Mjolnir home.
Hemsworth replied that he actually took “a few … about five.” When Kimmel questioned where he keeps all of them Hemsworth said, “One’s next to the toilet, one’s on a mantelpiece somewhere.”
Chadwick Boseman said he took Kimoyo beads from the set of “Black Panther.”
In a 2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live interview for “Avengers: Infinity War,” Kimmel asked the cast if they had kept any mementos from the Marvel sets.
“I kept the beads, the Kimoyo beads,” Chadwick Boseman said. “I have them on right now.”
Boseman wore the Kimoyo beads, an accessory made from Wakandan technology when he played King T’Challa in “Black Panther.”
Ryan Reynolds has Deadpool’s iconic suit.
During the “Deadpool” film commentary with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, star Ryan Reynolds revealed he has a Deadpool suit that he “stole while shooting the film.”
The actor said there were originally nine Deadpool suits, and seven of them were destroyed during the making of the film. One of the two remaining suits now resides in his basement.
“I just walked off set with it and basically told them to go f— themselves. I waited 10 years to do the movie. If they want to take the suit back, they can come try and take it from me,” he said. “I was in very good shape when I shot the Deadpool movie and I felt confident that I could take out a 107-pound studio executive.”
Reynolds also said the “suit made me weep the first time I saw it” and that it’s “a work of art.”
Sir Ian McKellen said he took golden coins and a house key to Bag End from “Lord of the Rings.”
Acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen notably portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the subsequent “Hobbit” films.
In an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit in 2016, McKellen wrote that he took some gold coins from the lair where the dragon in the film was hiding.
McKellen also wrote that he managed to take home the “front door key to Bag End, which I know [director] Peter Jackson is looking for, but will never find.”
Robert Pattinson said he took a few pairs of Edward Cullen’s underwear from the “Twilight” set.
Per CBS New York, at a 2012 press junket for “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,”Robert Pattinson (who played the sulky vampire Edward Cullen) said he took home a few pairs of underwear from the movie set.
“I took a lot of underwear to be honest. I did that on all the movies,” Pattinson said. “They have the best underwear and I have no idea where they get it from. I use it every day.”
Kristen Stewart said she took home some rings from the “Twilight” series.
In a 2012 interview with People, Kristen Stewart said she’s taken several of her character’s rings from the set of the “Twilight” movies.
In particular, she said she took a moon ring from Bella’s mother and the diamond-studded engagement ring Edward proposed to Bella with.
The rings “are really, really extremely important to me,” Stewart said in the interview. “I love those things.”
Gabrielle Union said she still has her “Bring It On” cheerleading uniform hanging in her closet.
In the 2000 comedy “Bring it On” Gabrielle Union played Isis, a young high-school student who led the East Compton Clovers cheer squad. Union’s green cheer outfit, striped with accents of orange and yellow, has become synonymous with the movie itself.
In an interview with People Style in 2017, Union said that she still has the cheer outfit in her closet, though she doesn’t wear it.
Daniel Radcliffe said he took home two pairs of Harry Potter’s glasses.
Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the notable fantasy franchise that spanned eight films, said he took home two pairs of glasses from set – one from the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and another from the seventh, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.”
In an interview with Daily Mail in 2011 Radcliffe said, “The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet. They are all lens-less as well. There was rarely ever any glass in the actual glasses because of filming problems with reflections.”
In 2011, the late Alan Rickman said he took home Severus Snape’s wand.
The late Alan Rickman played the grim Severus Snape throughout the entire “Harry Potter” series. In a 2011 interview with HitFix, Rickman said he kept Severus Snape’s wand.
Emma Watson said she snagged Hermione’s cloak, wand, and Time-Turner from the “Harry Potter” set.
Emma Watson, who portrayed the highly intelligent witch Hermione Granger in all eight “Harry Potter” films, said she took home several things from the set that reminded her of her time as a Hogwarts student.
“I took my wand, I took my Time-Turner, and I took a cloak,” Watson said in her interview with Time for Kids in 2010.
Rupert Grint said he snagged a memento from Harry Potter’s old house and also tried to take a costly dragon egg.
Rather than simply taking glasses or a wand, Rupert Grint said he and his co-stars who played George and Fred Weasley attempted to steal a golden dragon egg from the set of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
“I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film – a dragon egg. Apparently, it was worth a few thousand dollars. I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James [and] Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us,” Grint, who played Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, told BBC Newsbeat in 2010,
In regards to a prop that Grint successfully took home, he told the Daily Mail in 2011 that he got the “number 4” from 4 Privet Drive, the house where Harry was raised by his aunt and uncle.
“Well, I kind of stole [it], I suppose,” Grint told the publication. “That’s quite a nice thing to keep.”
Simon Pegg said he took a Starfleet badge from “Star Trek: Into Darkness” but said he’d bring it back.
Per Female First’s reports, at a press conference for 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Simon Pegg talked about how difficult it was to take anything from the set of the “Star Trek” reboot in 2009.
Apparently, security was more relaxed on the set of the sequel because Pegg said he was able to take a Starfleet badge home when he reprised his role as Scotty.
“It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it’s a beautiful little brass thing,” Pegg said. “And I put it in my bag.”
Pegg then turned to the film’s director J.J. Abrams and joked, “Yeah! What are you gonna do?” before promising Abrams he would bring it back in for the next film.
Taron Egerton said he took a neon sign from the “Rocketman” set.
In a 2019 interview with British GQ, Taron Egerton (who played famed musician Elton John) said he took the neon Troubadour sign from one of the film’s concert stages.
“[It] is obviously really cool and is exactly as it is in the club in LA, which I visited after the shot,” Egerton said in the interview.
He said Richard Madden, his co-star in the film, told him to take it and put it in his kitchen. Egerton did. He said it’s still there today.
Kimberly J. Brown said she has lots of things from the set of “Halloweentown.”
In a YouTube video with Manny Gutierrez, actress Kimberly J. Brown shared that she took a lot of things from the “Halloweentown” (1998) set.
The actress said she took the titular book from the film and that Disney gave her the puppet that was Kalabar’s bat assistant.
“I also have Marnie’s purple cloak and hat from the second and third ‘Halloweentown’ movies,” she said in the video.
She said she also has Marnie’s little broom from the second movie.
Timothée Chalamet said he has a helmet and a chain from “The King.”
While working on the 2019 film “The King,” Timothée Chalamet told BBC Radio 1 that he got to keep a few things from the set, although he regrets not trying to take home a big sword.
He grabbed the “thick, metal helmet” and a period chain with a “contemporary feel to it” instead.
Chris Evans has almost a whole wardrobe from “Knives Out.”
On “People Now,” the cast of “Knives Out” revealed whether or not they took props from the set of the film – most of them said no, Chris Evans said he took “mostly clothes.”
“But I had permission, so that’s not stealing,” he explained, adding that he got “all the sweaters” from the mystery film.
Julie Andrews kept a pair of shoes from “Mary Poppins.”
While on “The Graham Norton Show,” actress Julie Andrews said she took home a pair of shoes from “Mary Poppins.” She said the pair of kicks now serve as doorstops in her home.