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10 Things You ~*Probably*~ Didn't Know About Iconic Horror Film 'Orphan'

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orphan 2009 movie facts and trivia

We're sure you remember Orphan, the 2009 R-rated horror movie with one of the best plot twists ever. In the film, the Colemans (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaarddecide to adopt a nine-year-old Russian girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman). Sweet, talented Esther has perfect manners, but it soon becomes clear that something is seriously wrong with her. The movie's shocking plot twist revealed that Esther is actually a woman with primordial dwarfism named Leena Klammer! 



A prequel to the film called Orphan: First Kill has been confirmed, and in honor of the ~*good news*~, here are 10 facts you probably don't know about the first movie: 

1. The plot of Orphan is actually based on the true story of Barbora Skrlová, a woman who was "discovered posing as a 13-year-old boy in Norway after she had escaped from another family where she had facilitated extreme child abuse on the family's other children." 

2. Actress Isabelle Fuhrman landed the role at 11 years old. She said she borrowed a lot of her behavior from the adults around her, sharing in an interview: "I was observing a lot of people. I was making fun of my mom and her friends while I was watching them, and I went to lunch once with Vera [Farmiga], and we were looking around the restaurant, and I was watching these women, and they kept looking at me; like, why is this person looking at me? I was just looking at them to see how they crossed their legs or tilted their head or how they grabbed for their water. It just all worked; on the day, it just came into place." 

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3. When the movie was first shown in theaters in 2009, Isabelle was given permission to attend the premiere on one condition: "her older sister sat next to her, ready to cover Isabelle's eyes for some scenes." 

4. This is the second movie where actress Vera Farmiga plays a mother to an *unusual* child. The first movie was called Joshua (2007), also known as The Devil's Child.

5. There was also a real-life case that seems eerily similar to the movie: a parenting author named Kristine Barnett adopted a girl with a rare form of dwarfism from Ukraine in 2010, only to abandon her a few years later.

6. Orphan reportedly has an alternate ending in the DVD version where Esther goes back to her room, puts on makeup, and "becomes a little girl" again. She greets the police with a bloody face and her last words are, "Hello, my name is Esther." SO CREEPY!


7. In an interview from 2009, Isabelle said that her character Esther doesn't see herself as an evil person: "When I read the script I was thinking about how she feels, that she's a victim in a world that doesn't understand her. All she's looking for is love and she has this dream of a perfect family with a perfect life. She really just wants to be understood...She doesn't think that's she's evil, that's the thing. When you look at it from Esther's point of view, it's different. She just wants to find love." 


8. The movie understandably "horrified" adoption groups and there were even calls to boycott the film. As a result, Warner Brothers removed the line "It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own" from the trailer.

9. The "I'm not your f*cking mommy" line from Orphan was also in the 2005 film The Ring 2.


10. Aryana Engineer, who plays the couple's deaf daughter Max Coleman in the film, is actually hearing-impaired in real life. She was discovered at the age of five when an agent saw her using sign language in her neighborhood.


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