6) Guy Ritchie discovered Jason Statham while he was selling perfume on the streets of London
Jason Statham was working as a model in the mid-90s, but to supplement his income he also sold fake jewellery and perfume on street corners – Similar to the character of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses.
With that, he was introduced to Ritchie, who needed a con artist for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and who’d already cast Statham’s friend and former Premier League footballer, Vinnie Jones.
5) Many of the roles in the film were by people who had absolutely no acting experience whatsoever
Due to the budget cuts, actors were changed to get the film made. Guy Ritchie called in favours and even put crew members to work in front of the camera.
He also cast a lot of unknown actors – which for some paved their career perfectly, such as Statham and Jones.
4) Madonna married the director after loving the soundtrack and releasing it under her record label
Madonna was amonst the movie’s famous fans, and was particularly fond of its soundtrack.
Madge contacted Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn and asked if her label, Maverick, could have the film’s soundtrack and release it in the U.S.
Ritchie said she “wined and dined” them in Hollywood a few times, but, funnily enough, it was Vaughn she was romantically interested in, not him.
3) The original ending was changed after test screenings
Lock Stock originally ended with an open-ending, which would have allowed for a sequel But viewers didn’t care for it and Ritchie decided to re-shoot.
The main issue here was one of the characters had grown his hair for another role and so had to wear a hat for the scenes, which will answer the question if you’d ever wondered.
2) Supermodel Claudia Schiffer was cut out of the final movie
Claudia played Eddy’s girlfriend but was cut from the film entirely after test screenings. Not to be defeated, Claudia later married Producer Matthew Vaughn.
1) It has become a hit TV show
Lock Stock… aired for seven episodes in the U.K. in the summer of 2000, focussing on the occasionally criminal adventures of four friends who run a London pub called The Lock.
The series was completely re-cast and only contained one character reference from the original four members. Guy Ritchie co-wrote the pilot but otherwise was not heavily involved.