15 Hidden Scenes in The Big Short

Following is our collection of The Big Short 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 The Big Short film message.

In "The Big Short" (2015) Christian Bale took a two week crash course on drumming to actually play the drums to Pantera's "By Demons Be Driven." To prepare for the scene he listened to nothing but Pantera and Mastodon. He insisted on performing the double bass parts with an injured knee.
In "The Big Short" (2015) Christian Bale took a two week crash course on drumming to actually play the drums to Pantera's "By Demons Be Driven." To prepare for the scene he listened to nothing but Pantera and Mastodon. He insisted on performing the double bass parts with an injured knee.
This quote is attributed to Mark Twain, however there is no documentation that he said it. This is done to show that people will make things up and you will believe them. Just as the big banks and ratings agencies did before the Financial Crisis of 2008.
This quote is attributed to Mark Twain, however there is no documentation that he said it. This is done to show that people will make things up and you will believe them. Just as the big banks and ratings agencies did before the Financial Crisis of 2008.

The Big Short Movie Trivia Facts

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Christian Bale wears a pair of cargo shorts and shirt borrowed from the actual Michael Burry (not the same in both images) and was told to walk around the office barefoot just like Burry. Bale wanted him at the premiere so he could see "if he's going to punch me in the F***** face"

The Big Short Easter Eggs

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

  • 1 - Michael Burry receives many confused emails after he shorts the housing market. Respective Director and Cinematographer Adam McKay and Barry Ackroyd are two of the senders, and the rest are made up of real production designers and assistant directors that worked on the film.
    Michael Burry receives many confused emails after he shorts the housing market. Respective Director and Cinematographer Adam McKay and Barry Ackroyd are two of the senders, and the rest are made up of real production designers and assistant directors that worked on the film.

The Big Short Hidden Facts

1 - Michael Burry takes a mug from Goldman Sachs after purchasing $100m in credit default swaps from the bank. In other words, he is "mugging" the bank.
Michael Burry takes a mug from Goldman Sachs after purchasing $100m in credit default swaps from the bank. In other words, he is "mugging" the bank.
1 - Ben Ricket is so paranoid that he calls Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley on a blocked number instead of through a normal phone number
Ben Ricket is so paranoid that he calls Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley on a blocked number instead of through a normal phone number

When Dr. Burry discusses looking at the individual mortgages inside the bonds, "Blood and Thunder" a Moby Dick inspired song by Mastodon starts playing. The individual mortgages are the White Whale.

1 - Dr. Michael Burry(Christian Bale) is seen reading The Scions of Shannara, which is the inspiration for the name of the real Scion Capital since it is Burry's favorite book.
Dr. Michael Burry(Christian Bale) is seen reading The Scions of Shannara, which is the inspiration for the name of the real Scion Capital since it is Burry's favorite book.
1 - One of Mark Baums employees mentions in passing that Vegas isn't that bad and a great Japanese Restaurant just opened there. Later when Baum meets with the CDO manager in Vegas they go to a Japanese Restaurant
One of Mark Baums employees mentions in passing that Vegas isn't that bad and a great Japanese Restaurant just opened there. Later when Baum meets with the CDO manager in Vegas they go to a Japanese Restaurant

Mark Baum's (played by Steve Carell) son is playing Battleship with the boat pieces stacked on top of each other with red 'hit' pegs in them symbolizing the coming economic collapse.

Jared Vennet is rehearsing his pitch to himself as the Front Point Partners enter the room.

When the characters arrive in Las Vegas, the theme to Phantom of the Opera plays. This compares Baum and his team to the Phantom, who are viewing the convention from a different perspective.

-Margot Robbie and the amazing teleporting champagne flute.

1 - There is a cutaway shot of a Big Martin Short
There is a cutaway shot of a Big Martin Short
The Big Short poster
The Big Short poster

The Big Short Plot

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Big Short. 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, Comedy, Drama, History
Director Adam McKay
Production Paramount Pictures
Stars Ryan Gosling, Rudy Eisenzopf, Casey Groves, Charlie Talbert
IMDB score 7.8