Happy 30th Birthday “Labyrinth”

On June 27th, 1986 the film Labyrinth was first released in the USA, but it would be another five months before it came out in Britain (November 28th, 1986). To celebrate three decades of one of the best fantasy movies ever made, here are five things that you might not have known about Labyrinth.

1. Behold the Goblin King!

David Bowie was not the only choice for the role of Jareth the Goblin King. Jim Henson also considered other rockstars such as Sting (pictured above), Prince, Mick Jagger, and Michael Jackson. Of course, a different singer as the Goblin King would have also meant and entirely different soundtrack.

2. Who is Robin Zakar?

In an early draft of the script Jareth enters Sarah’s house in the guise of Robin Zakar, the author of a play she is due to perform in. Sarah does not wish for her brother to be taken away by the goblins, and Jareth snatches him away against her will.

3. Bellatrix Lestrange or Sarah?

Helena Bonham Carter

In April 1984, a young Helena Bonham Carter auditioned for the lead role of Sarah, but it was ultimately decided it would be better to cast an American actress. Hmm . . . imagine Labyrinth directed by Tim Burton starring Helena Bonham Carter as Sarah and Johnny Depp as Jareth?

4. “And baby said”

Labyrinth Dance Magic

In the song “Dance Magic” the sounds of the baby cooing and giggling are actually David Bowie. A real baby (not Toby Froud) was brought in for the recording, but the sound crew could not get the right sound from the baby, so Bowie took the role instead.

5. Money’s not everything . . . right?

Labyrinth cost $25 million to make, but failed at the US box office by only raising just under $13 million in ticket sales . . . but despite that, it has lived on for 30 years as a classic!

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