You may think that when a film shoot is done, the cast members get their pick of the props that were used on set, but sadly, that is not how it works. The companies who make the props often keep them for their portfolio. Sometimes props are reused, either for sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots or even just random movies.
On some films, actors are given memorabilia as gifts after shooting is completed. For example, Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) were given rings from The Lord of the Rings as gifts, symbolizing the fact that they were ring bearers and had completed their journey. After The Avengers was complete, Marvel gave Robert Downey Jr. the huge letter “A” from the Stark tower simply because he asked for it. As you can see, some filmmakers are quite gracious with the props from their movie sets, but not all of them are.
There are certain actors out there who play the game a little more dangerously. We hear stories of things going missing from movie sets all the time. Who’s behind these thefts is almost never revealed, unless they’re caught red-handed. Every once in a while, however, an actor will come forward and admit that they stole something from the set. Most often these are priceless items that mean something personal to the actor and the character they portrayed, and they just had to have it. Sometimes it’s an expensive prop, but the actor has so much pull in the industry that no one can really say anything about it. Well, maybe they just don’t care enough to get the authorities involved. There are also those rare cases where an actor will steal something odd, seemingly inconsequential, which only begs the question: why? On this list are the best examples of all of these scenarios. Let’s look at 15 actors who stole props from massive movie sets.
15. Dakota Johnson – Underwear From 50 Shades of Grey
You would think stars want only items that they can’t find anywhere else, but they can be lazy too. Instead of going out and doing some shopping for herself, Dakota Johnson, after finishing up with 50 Shades of Grey, decided to lift a bunch of underwear from the set. We’re not positive which type of underwear it was, but she claims “they were comfortable,” so we’re confident that she stole the panties pictured above. When asked what else she stole from the set, Johnson admitted, “I do have a flogger in my house. It’s in the garage with dust.” While we were unable to figure out who this character nicknamed “dust” is, we can assume that he is a dirty fellow.
14. Gabrielle Union – Cheerleader Outfit From Bring It On
Do you remember the cheerleader outfits in Bring It On? Yeah, stupid question. Ok well, this is an interesting one because Gabrielle Union claims that, after the shoot, she “had a replica made. Just for fun… or not.” Then, not so long ago, there was a screen-used Gabrielle Union cheerleader outfit that went to auction. So it does seem a little curious when you put these stories side by side. Does Union have a prop-stealing side business going? Maybe by “had a replica made,” Union meant “stole that cheerleader outfit.” Makes you wonder. Do you think at 42-years old, Union can still squeeze into it? Damn right she can.
13. Mark Wahlberg – Dirk Diggler’s P*nis From Boogie Nights
Not his real one, you weirdos. Mark Wahlberg stole the fake, prosthetic p*nis from the set. And speaking of massive, this thing is 13-inches long. When Boogie Nights was finished, Mark Wahlberg just took it home with him. Considering they had to mold it to his own body, it seemed right that he should be the one to have it anyway. Plus, it’s not like he took it for no good reason. The actor says, “I used to keep it in my desk drawer, and I’d take it out and slap my friends in the face with it. I don’t keep many things from my movies, but that just seemed to have personal significance.” At least he put it to good use. He also said that he “didn’t think there would be that much interest in it but maybe [he] can at some point sell it at auction for charity.” So, you see? He’s not just a heartless thief after all.
12. Sean Astin – One-Eyed Willie’s Treasure Map From The Goonies
Everyone seems to think that Sean Astin was given the treasure map from The Goonies as a gift, but as he puts it, “I don’t believe we were formally gifted these items. But I remember being in possession of it.” Those aren’t the words of someone who got a gift. Either way. The story goes that his mom threw out the map by accident after Astin moved out of their home, but he says that, too, may not be exactly true. “I may owe [my mom] an apology… I moved out when I was eighteen, but I left all of my stuff at home. When I say I moved out, I mean I moved my body out… When I came back, my mom had sold our house. She bought another house. But for eighteen years, I had saved some things, thrown some things away. But now nobody knows where the map is. It wasn’t in any of the boxes. But one really cool thing that happened was, a few years ago, my dad brought over this U.S. Mail box. You know those plastic bins? And it had a bunch of junk in it, like one car from a train set, and a sock… My wife put it in the garage and it just sat there. Then one day she slid it over to me. And I was like, ‘Oh, look, honey! A letter to my girlfriend from when I was eleven.’ And then on the side of that, I pulled out the skull and crossbones key. And I was like, ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ So, yeah. Maybe my mom has it and she doesn’t know where it is. Maybe one of my friends took it from my room. Who knows?” That means it might still be around somewhere. The hunt begins!
11. Kristen Stewart – Rings From Twilight
When Kristen Stewart was asked if she took anything from the set of Twilight when shooting was finally complete, she said that she took a few things. Specifically, she said, “I kept the rings. The rings are really important to me. Her mother gives [Bella] the moon ring in the beginning, and it fully and completely reminds me of [the director] Catherine Hardwicke every time I look at it.” Is it weird that she also kept the engagement ring that Robert Pattinson‘s character gave to her as well, now that they’ve split? Probably, but show us something that isn’t weird about Stewart and we’ll show you a rotten liar. Robert Pattinson has also admitted to stealing panties from the set, whether they were men’s or women’s was never disclosed.
10. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter’s Glasses From Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe may look like an evil person, but deep down he’s a nice person. That being said, he does have a dark side that comes out when he really wants something. After filming was complete on the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe went through and swiped not one pair of Potter glasses, but two whole pairs. He wasn’t the only thief on the set either. It turns out that once one of them tasted the thrill of a criminal life, they all wanted some. Rupert Grint stole the number 4 off the Dursley house’s door, which is crazy considering that isn’t a stage set piece; it’s a real house. Grint basically just vandalized some poor person’s home so he can add to his personal memorabilia collection. Then there’s Emma Watson. Watson went full kleptomaniac on set, stealing anything within reach, including a cloak, a time turner, Hermione’s wand and our hearts.
9. Andrew Garfield – Spider-Man Suit From The Amazing Spider-Man
It’s no secret that Andrew Garfield and the brain trust behind The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t leave off on the greatest of terms, but maybe there’s more to the story than we’ve been told. Garfield may have worn out his welcome when it was discovered that he was a thief. He admitted to his evil in an interview, stating “I may have stolen one and it may be in my luggage, it may be in my hotel room luggage. It may even be in my backpack in the car.” This is just one more wrinkle in the Spider-Man saga.
8. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool Suit From Deadpool
Not to be outdone by Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds also felt the need to steal his character’s suit after filming was finished on Deadpool. Reynolds was not shy about owning up to his theft, saying loudly and proudly, “I loved wearing it and I have run away with one. I’ll probably get into trouble for saying that, but I’ve waited 10 years to do this movie so I’m leaving with a *bleeping* suit.” He didn’t actually say “bleeping” because he is, after all, the Merc with a Mouth, so his language is not PG-rated. He’s R-rated like his movie. Bad to the bone. Reynolds also stole the Green Lantern’s ring but no one even noticed that was missing. You’d be hard-pressed to give that piece of garbage away.
7. James Caan – Typewriter From Misery
There are really only two props from the set of Misery that anyone would recognize: the typewriter and the sledgehammer. Coincidentally, both of these props went missing from the set. Rumor has it that Kathy Bates took the famous sledgehammer from the hobbling scene, and she’s said she thinks she knows where it is. James Caan is more open about his taking of the typewriter, wanting to have a little keepsake from his time shooting the film. He just neglected to ask anyone if he could take it. They probably didn’t mind. Even back in 1990 when the film came out, no one was using typewriters.
6. Ben Affleck – Batarang From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
At the end of filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder gave the cast some gifts from the set. Ben Affleck was given a grappling hook, but it turns out, it made Ben Affleck feel awkward because he had already stolen himself a gift. He said, “Oh, absolutely! I straight up stole a Batarang. I put it in my pocket, thinking I had earned it. The props guy came to come get it and I said no. I thought I had a kind of “movie star pass” for that kind of thing. I stayed strong and flew off to LA [with it]! The [props] guy was super pissed: ‘F*** that Ben Affleck, who stole my Batarang!’ I never returned it.” Affleck may have just inadvertently created a supervillain from that props guy.
5. Simon Pegg – Starfleet Badge From Star Trek Into the Darkness
Having acted on a Star Trek film in the past, Simon Pegg knew the procedure when it came to props. “On the first film, every day we’d hand back our badge and I had a Starfleet ring, communicator, phaser … You’d hand it into an armed [guy] before at the end of the day before you could leave the set,” he said. This left him unable to take any souvenirs home with him. When it came time for his second go around on Star Trek Into the Darkness, Pegg used his experience from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and his knowledge of the props return process to steal something. Well, actually, not really. He just took something. “I stole my badge,” he said. “It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer, and it’s a beautiful little brass thing. And I put it in my bag.” Sounded better the other way.
4. Ian McKellen – Keys To Bilbo’s House From The Lord of the Rings
Most of the props that Ian McKellen has from playing Gandalf on The Lord of the Rings, he was given. He has Gandalf’s hat and sword that were given as gifts, and a few other things he has as keepsakes, but there is one thing that he just stole and never owned up to it. “I’ve got the keys to Bag End!” he said happily in an interview with Total Film magazine. “And I’ve got some knives and forks. I know Peter Jackson was saying, ‘We’ve lost the keys to Bag End,’ and I had to keep very quiet.” He may seem like a sweet man, but he’s devious too.
3. David Tennant – Sonic Screwdriver From Doctor Who
It’s not a movie set, you say. Well it has been a movie set several times! Plus, David Tennant’s last episode of Doctor Who, The End of Time (before he came back), was basically a movie anyways. After filming, Tennant refused to walk away empty-handed. When he was asked if he was able to take something of a keepsake from the show, he replied, “You’re not allowed. You really aren’t allowed.” Still, that couldn’t stop him. He ended up taking his character’s famed sonic screwdriver. “I put it in a secure location because I suddenly got worried my house would get burgled and I’d lose it, so I’ve locked it up somewhere.”
2. Elisha Cook Jr. – The Maltese Falcon From The Maltese Falcon
John Konstin, the owner of John’s Grill in San Francisco, wanted to find one of the Maltese Falcon statues used in the film The Maltese Falcon. He sent a private investigator out to track one down, but they had no luck. There were apparently four made, but no one had access to one. Then, one magical day, Elisha Cook Jr., the actor who played the role of Wilmer the Gunsel in the film, approached Kontin with his own personal signed statue. How did Cook get it? No one knows. None were given out on the set, so he must have just boosted it.
1. Chris Pratt – Star-Lord’s Jacket From Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt is the Internet’s favorite person right now. Soon he will wear out his welcome, no doubt, but for now, he can do no wrong. So here’s where we tell you why he’s not so great. Nope. The reality is that Pratt is actually a sweetheart. When it was revealed that he stole Star-Lord’s jacket from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, people were like “whoa man, whoa.” But then he said, “I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone, say, like Russell Wilson and go visit kids… If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that,” and people were like “aww bro, aww.”