The Sixth Sense was the number-one movie at the box office the weekend it premiered in the summer of 1999. Aside from the movie’s mind-blowing plot-twist ending, it’s also remembered for Haley Joel Osment, who uttered one of the most infamous lines in cinematic history: “I see dead people.”
Not only did The Sixth Sense gross over $672 million worldwide, but it also received six Oscar nods – including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Haley Joel Osment (one of the youngest nominees in history at the time!). Before you dive into these behind-the-scenes facts, know that there are spoilers ahead.
You’ll be glad Haley Joel Osment was cast after you find out who else auditioned for the part of Cole Sear!
Haley Joel Osment Got the Role Because He Wore a Tie
Haley Joel Osment’s father, theatre actor Michael Osment, reportedly made sure that his son read the entire script three times in order to prepare for the role. When M. Night Shyamalan asked Osment if he’d read his part, Osment said, “I read it three times last night.”
Shyamalan replied, “Wow, you read your part three times?” Osment said, “No, I read the script three times.” Osment was also reportedly the only boy at the auditions who wore a tie. After his audition, Shyamalan said he didn’t want to make the film without Osment.