25 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About the Wizard of Oz

3. The Yellow Brick Road Was Briefly Green…

The Wizard of Oz was one of the forerunners of color film. The team working on the movie didn’t have a lot of examples to work with. Technicolor was still in experimental stages. So, they didn’t know how certain colors would behave on film. The yellow brick road originally showed up as green on the footage, and they had to repaint it a different color so it would look yellow.

4. The Wizard of Oz Played Several Other Characters

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Frank Morgan, the actor who played the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, also doubled as several other characters in the film. He played the cab-driver, the doorkeeper, and also a guard. It’s unclear whether this was an artistic choice or if it was out of a necessity to keep the budget in check!

5. The Tin Man Was Played By Two Actors

Originally, the Tin Man was cast as Buddy Ebsen. Unfortunately for him, the primary ingredient in the makeup for his costume was toxic aluminum. He fell very ill in the middle of filming, and the team was forced to cast Jack Haley as his replacement. Haley would later get an eye infection from the same aluminum makeup.

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