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Serenity Trivia : Joss Whedon recycled movie props

POSTED BY chrisdvanne ON Aug 10, 2012 / 4 COMMENTS

Given that Serenity had a relatively tight production budget of $39 millions, Joss Whedon had to find ways to cut some costs; recycling movie props is a very common way to do it and it allowed Whedon to have fancy looking movie props for cheap.

For example, River Tam's restraint chair in Serenity was originally used in the movie Species 2, starring Natasha Henstridge as the mutant named Eve.
Here's a screen shot and promo photo showing Natasha Henstridge in the metal chair that Eve is strapped into towards the beginning of the film when she's used to demonstrate a toxic substance.

Natasha Henstridge in a restraint chairin movie Species 2

Here are photos of the (slightly modified for use in Serenity) metal chair that River Tam is strapped into at the beginning of the film when we see what the Alliance was doing to her, as well as screencaps of the room were the experiments were taking place when Simon comes in to rescue her.

River Tam restraint chair in Serenity

River Tam restraint chair in Serenity

Joss Whedon reused other movie props in Serenity, feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

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Total comments: 4

  Message #1 | KevinInEngland | 2012 Aug 10, 13:59 GMT

It makes me feel ill seeing Summer in that chair. I have only recently seen an episode of Coldcase where a young woman was given a labotamy that went wrong in the 60s. Her penetration point was bloody and it gave her a black eye. The doctor got an asylum worker to lead the woman away and dispose of her. He took her out in the snow and told her that the snow was warm and that she would be OK. Then he let her wander away and drove off. She died.

  Message #2 | chrisdvanne | 2012 Aug 10, 15:24 GMT

Fortunately, this is only fantasy and everything went well for River Tam anyway smile

  Message #3 | chrisdvanne | 2012 Aug 10, 16:50 GMT

As @The1stMJC mentioned to me on Twitter, the body armor from Starship Trooper were also the armor for the Alliance Troops.
The makers of Firefly used leftover costumes from that movie.

  Message #4 | The1Russter | 2012 Aug 11, 03:25 GMT

I might be mistaken, but I recall reading somewhere that the prop used at the bar where people stowed their weapons was re-used from another production. Anyone know if that is true, or just my mind playing tricks?

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