The cast and filmmakers of Walt Disney Studios' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" had a blast creating the fantasy adventure about Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan who recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protege.
Get a load of these fun trivia about the newest Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster:
* The Phantom. Balthazar Blake's vehicle of choice is very rare 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Its engine, appropriately known as the "Merlin," helped propel Spitfire aircraft for Britain , which helped win World War II. An exact replica of the real Phantom was created for stunt sequences. During filming in the streets of New York City , the Phantom proved to be a huge tourist attraction.
* The Chrysler Eagle gargoyle comes to life in two varieties: the full-size, motion-base, computer-controlled version constructed by Academy Award-winning special-effects coordinator John Frazier, and a CG version from visual-effects supervisor John Nelson and Asylum Visual Effects.
* Chinatown. The colorful Chinese festival sequence in which a parade dragon comes to life was filmed over the course of two weeks on Eldridge Street , in the heart of New York 's Chinatown . More than 2,000 people from the local Chinese communities showed up for an extras casting call for 500 available spots.
* Nikola Tesla. The inventions, philosophy and spirit of controversial and brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla hung over the entire movie, and by an amazing coincidence, the last day of filming fell on what would have been his 153rd birthday. …