Top 16 Greatest Showman Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Greatest Showman facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Greatest Showman film message.

In The Greatest Showman (2017), there is a scene where Jackman is making a deal with Effron. During this it seems they both drink heavily, but this isn't true, Hugh makes it seem that he is drinking a lot, but he only takes about 2 shots in the entire scene, while he fools Zach into downing about 5.
In The Greatest Showman (2017), there is a scene where Jackman is making a deal with Effron. During this it seems they both drink heavily, but this isn't true, Hugh makes it seem that he is drinking a lot, but he only takes about 2 shots in the entire scene, while he fools Zach into downing about 5.
In The Greatest Showman (2017), Barnum uses zebras for his carriage at the beginning when he was proud of the unusual and his "circus freaks". Afterwards when he started to hide his "freaks" and depend on Jenny Lind, he started to use normal horses for his carriage.
In The Greatest Showman (2017), Barnum uses zebras for his carriage at the beginning when he was proud of the unusual and his "circus freaks". Afterwards when he started to hide his "freaks" and depend on Jenny Lind, he started to use normal horses for his carriage.

Greatest Showman Trivia

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  1. When asking his daughters what he should put in the museum one says put a unicorn. The other says put a mermaid. The mermaid suggestion is a reference to the Fiji Mermaid that was an actual exhibit at the museum. The unicorn suggestion refers to Lancelot the living unicorn.

Greatest Showman Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • PT Barnum (Hugh Jackman) closes the piano in the bar as Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) turns around so that he doesn't see that the piano is actually playing itself

  • 1 - - When Barnum is talking to his daughters about how to improve the show, they suggest "a unicorn or a mermaid". The reply, "Unicorns aren't real" (implying that mermaids are real) is a nod to one of PT Barnum's first attractions: The Fiji Mermaid
    - When Barnum is talking to his daughters about how to improve the show, they suggest "a unicorn or a mermaid". The reply, "Unicorns aren't real" (implying that mermaids are real) is a nod to one of PT Barnum's first attractions: The Fiji Mermaid

Greatest Showman Hidden Details

Hugh Jackman doesn't actually touch the piano, but the piano is being played

Barnum keeps sober while making a deal with Carlyle by pouring the drinks himself (keeping his drink almost empty) and avoiding drinking altogether

1 - You can see plaques for P.T. Barnum's failed businesses showcasing his history as a failed businessman.
You can see plaques for P.T. Barnum's failed businesses showcasing his history as a failed businessman.
1 - During the final moments of 'A Million Dreams', you can spot signs of the countless other ventures P.T. attempted before he truly became successful with his circus
During the final moments of 'A Million Dreams', you can spot signs of the countless other ventures P.T. attempted before he truly became successful with his circus
1 - When P. T. Barnum goes to get Charity, he has a large jacket on him. Since he was poor, he couldn't afford a well fitted jacket but still tried his best to look good.
When P. T. Barnum goes to get Charity, he has a large jacket on him. Since he was poor, he couldn't afford a well fitted jacket but still tried his best to look good.
1 - - During Zac Efron and Zendaya's duet, "Rewrite the Stars," the sand on the floor of the circus ring mimics the craters and terrain of a planet/moon, adding to the astronomic theme of the song.
- During Zac Efron and Zendaya's duet, "Rewrite the Stars," the sand on the floor of the circus ring mimics the craters and terrain of a planet/moon, adding to the astronomic theme of the song.
1 - Phillip Carlyle's outfit, during the scene where Barnum convinces him to join the circus, features a red top hat, foreshadowing Carlyle eventually succeeding Barnum as ringmaster.
Phillip Carlyle's outfit, during the scene where Barnum convinces him to join the circus, features a red top hat, foreshadowing Carlyle eventually succeeding Barnum as ringmaster.

When P. T. is showing his daughters his 'wishing machine', the linen parts like the entrance to a circus

Barnum's girls were talking about mermaid, which was the most famous fake thing Barnum presented in the real life.

1 - The bartender changes/ becomes bald, perhaps to represent the timeskips/passing of time throughout the movie
The bartender changes/ becomes bald, perhaps to represent the timeskips/passing of time throughout the movie
Greatest Showman poster
Greatest Showman poster

Greatest Showman Plot

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Greatest Showman. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Biography, Drama, Musical
Director Michael Gracey
Production 20th Century Fox
Stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
IMDB score 7.6