Actors and Their Stolen Props
Over the years, many actors have not shied away from admitting to taking something from their respective film and television sets.
Take Ryan Reynolds, for example. Following a long wait to nab his dream part as Deadpool, he made sure to grab a tangible memory — his suit — after production on the 2016 movie wrapped.
“I loved wearing it and I have run away with one,” he told Marie Claire in 2015. “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–king suit.”
Three years later, Warner Bros. called out the Canadian actor via Twitter in May 2018 because he stole a ring his character wore in 2011’s Green Lantern. “Sorry @VancityReynolds, we’re going to need the ring back,” the studio tweeted, to which Reynolds replied, “Well, if we’d used a NuvaRing™️ in the first place, we wouldn’t be in this mess. #Deadpool2.”
The British actor told E! News in August 2022 that he was able to smuggle one thing from The Sandman set after playing Dream (a.k.a. Morpheus) on the Netflix show. “My pouch of sand,” he confessed when asked whether he took a keepsake. “It’s safe,” Sturridge insisted, noting, “So if we need it again, it’s very safe.”
While his Northman costars got to keep swords and battle gear, the True Blood alum ended up with a bloody thong. “It wasn’t a choice, It was a gift,” he explained during an April 2022 appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “That’s how much they valued my performance, my contribution to this movie.”
Skarsgard continued: “It’s the g-string that I wore. The end fight takes place on an erupting volcano and we’re naked. … So, that’s what I wore for a week, and my character’s quite wounded so he’s bleeding a lot profusely.”
The Downton Abbey alum was covered in prosthetics to play Pamela Anderson in Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, but she found one wardrobe piece that looks good even without her character’s large assets.
“In the Mexico montage, I had this amazing pink skirt and, like, very ’90s halter top,” she explained on Entertainment Weekly’s “Around the Table” in February 2022.
“It looks a little different without … the, um,” James laughed as she gestured to her chest. “It still looks good!”
While the Spider-Man: No Way Home star ate spicy hot wings on First We Feast’s “Hot Ones,” he admitted that one of his Marvel costars gifted him a special memento from the set.
“My favorite souvenir was actually given to me, well actually to my little brother Paddy, when Black Panther was coming out,” Holland recalled in December 2021. “Robert Downey Jr. was making Doctor Doolittle in London and he was staying down the road from where I live. He invited us to a screening of Black Panther at his house. Paddy comes running into the room, and he’s holding the original Iron Man helmet, and Downey had given it to him as a gift. That’s a really special one for me because I was lucky enough to join the MCU but I joined it very late and that souvenir was from the original film.”
Rachel Leigh Cook
The She’s All That star still has some memorabilia saved from her time on the ’90s classic, pilfering “a script and a call sheet,” she told Entertainment Tonight in August 2021.
The actress revealed that she took the wig she wore during her time on Mom.
“No one knew I was wearing a wig. And I come in for this season of Mom and the producers see me like this [with grey hair], and they’re like, ‘What have you done?! You should’ve asked us before you did this to your hair!'” Janney shared during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April 2021. “And I’m like, ‘Guys, I’ve been wearing a wig since season one, but nobody knew it.’ Everyone in the world knows it now. But that wig is coming with me.”
She also took “a few pairs of sweatpants,” saying, “My character Bonnie loved to be comfortable, as does Allison Janney, so I took a lot of sweatpants and made off with them.”
During a Twitter Q&A for Glamour UK in February 2015, the Bad Times at the El Royale actress shared the relatively kinky items she took from the 50 Shades of Grey set. “I stole lots of the underwear. They were comfortable,” she admitted in one tweet, while sharing in another, “I do have a flogger in my house. It’s in the garage with dust.”
Robert Downey Jr.
The Oscar nominee revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in April 2016 that he took a massive Avengers ‘A’ from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I have it. I said, ‘Why is it in England? Send it back to LA, I’ll put it in my office,” he recalled.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live! in April 2018, the late actor had no problem with showing off the item he swiped while playing Black Panther. “I have the beads, the Kimoyo beads. I actually have them on right now,” he said.
The Saturday Night Live alum has nabbed multiple props from his various film sets over the years, including a ring from Anchorman. After working on Step Brothers, he took a rather unusual item from the production. “These are my prosthetic testicles from Step Brothers,” he shared on The Graham Norton Show in May 2020. “They’re life-like and I have brought these out, much to the horror [of many]. At many a dinner party, I [have] presented these. These fake testicles are what was put on Brennan’s drum kit.”
The This Is 40 actress told Newsweek in December 2018 that she will “always take something” from the projects she has worked on. “I don’t steal it. I let them know,” she explained. “I have little things, like, I wore this pearl necklace with an animal tooth on it that I got from George of the Jungle. I have little things from each movie.”
In addition to taking an item from the Green Lantern set, the Aviation Gin owner admitted to stealing Deadpool’s suit after starring as the antihero. “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–king suit,” he told Marie Claire in 2015.
After starring as Harry Potter for years, the British actor took home the wizard’s famous glasses. “The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet,” he shared with the Daily Mail in July 2011.
Back in 2015, the Being Mary Jane actress told MTV News that she held onto her iconic East Compton Clovers cheerleader uniform. “I just found it a few moves ago, but yeah I did not fit into it at the time I was trying to put it on,” she shared.
The Oscar winner revealed in 2015 that she swiped Katniss Everdeen’s leather jacket from the Hunger Games set. “They’re just hanging in my closet,” she told E! News at the time. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with them.”
The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor told BBC Radio 1 in March 2020 that his house is “littered with props from films” because he has taken something from every project he has worked on, including web-shooters from his fictional character’s suit.
The actor and director revealed that he received permission to take an iconic staple from the How I Met Your Mother set. The item, in fact, is what his character stole during the show’s 2005 pilot episode. “I had one request and [the show’s cocreators] Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas] very kindly gave it to me,” Radnor told She Knows in March 2014. “I asked for the blue French horn and I got the blue French horn.”