Film props are a big business. For example, you can own a miniscule “bullet hit appliance” from Terminator 2 for the low price of $629, or the sweater and jeans Zooey Deschanel wore in a single scene of Elf for a mere $1995. And though we may think movie memorabilia is cool enough to spend big bucks on, movie stars are no different—but they can snag theirs directly from the set! Check out these 15 props that actors kept after the film wrapped.
1. JAMES CAAN // PAUL SHELDON'S TYPEWRITER
After going through hell in Misery as novelist Paul Sheldon, James Caan told Entertainment Weekly that he treated himself to a little gift from the set: the typewriter Sheldon wrote Misery's Return on. His tormenter, Kathy Bates, thinks she has that sledgehammer somewhere at home.
2. DANIEL RADCLIFFE // HARRY POTTER'S GLASSES
Daniel Radcliffe actually took two pairs of Harry’s iconic specs—one from the first film and one from the last. “The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet,” he said.
3. EMMA WATSON // HERMIONE’S CLOAK, TIME-TURNER, AND WAND
Despite a strict policy of no props leaving the set, Watson managed to get away with claiming three of Hermione’s prized possessions.
4. RUPERT GRINT // THE DELUMINATOR
Dumbledore left his Deluminator to Ron Weasley in the books, so it’s only fitting that Ron’s portrayer got to take the device home in real life. Though that particular prop was given to him, Grint admitted that he was able to sneak off with other items: the Dursleys’ Privet Drive house number and the golden dragon egg from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He ended up returning the egg, which was apparently worth thousands.
5. IAN MCKELLEN // THE KEY TO BILBO BAGGINS’S HOUSE
He may not have Gollum’s precious, but Ian McKellen kept something else pretty cool from The Lord of the Rings trilogy: the key to Bilbo’s house in Bag End. He did also get away with some gold, but in the form of coins from Smaug’s lair—not a ring.
6. SHANE WEST // 1967 CAMARO
Unlike some of these other actors, Shane West actually paid for his souvenir from A Walk to Remember. After falling in love with the ‘67 Camaro he drives in the film, West used part of his paycheck to purchase it. But don’t expect to see him cruising around in that exact car—he stripped it down and repainted it.
7. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. // THE AVENGERS'S "A"
When Robert Downey Jr., spotted the giant "A" that adorned Stark Tower at the end of the first Avengers movie, he jokingly told the crew he wanted it for his office. A couple of years later, a semi bearing the 30-foot logo appeared at his home.
8. WILL FERRELL // FAKE TESTICLES
The prosthetic private parts from Step Brothers cost a pretty penny to make—roughly $10,000, to be exact. Rather than let them languish in some prop closet somewhere, Will Ferrell asked to keep them. The prop guys obliged, and Ferrell now likes to whip them out at dinner parties.
9. RYAN REYNOLDS // DEADPOOL’S SUIT
After waiting a decade to do the Deadpool movie, star Ryan Reynolds insisted on leaving with a suit belonging to the Merc with a Mouth. "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 f***ing suit."
10. RYAN REYNOLDS // GREEN LANTERN’S RING
Reynolds is no stranger to stealing superhero props—he also managed to take Green Lantern’s ring from the 2011 movie. He later gave the ring to a lucky fan at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.
11. ANDREW GARFIELD // SPIDER-MAN COSTUME
Garfield is another actor who felt compelled to bring a piece of his superhero alter ego home. Though he wasn’t supposed to take the costume home after production ended, Garfield was able to sneak a Spidey suit into a backpack. He didn’t feel too bad, though, explaining that it probably wouldn’t be missed: “There are a lot of them because they are all in different stages of duress and distress.”
12. DAKOTA JOHNSON // A FLOGGER
Dakota Johnson took home a somewhat painful reminder of her time on the Fifty Shades of Grey set, but admits that it’s now just collecting dust in her garage.
13. JOSH HUTCHERSON // KATNISS’S LOCKET
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hutcherson’s character, Peeta, gives Katniss a locket containing pictures of her family and boyfriend. Apparently a sentimentalist, Hutcherson swiped the locket to take home. Jennifer Lawrence says she took Katniss’s leather jacket and boots.
14. ANDREW SCOTT // A MONOGRAMMED NOTEPAD
Andrew Scott, who plays C in the latest James Bond film, Spectre, spied the personalized notepad in his character’s desk drawer. “We weren’t using that in the scene; it’s just [that] the production design is incredible,” he said. He took the notepad with director Sam Mendes’s blessing and plans to respond to fans with it.
15. GABRIELLE UNION // CHEERLEADING UNIFORM
Gabrielle Union recently found her Clovers uniform from Bring It On in her closet. It appears that she’s the only member of the cult classic who was able to sneak a prop home: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, and Jesse Bradford all report that they came away empty-handed.