'Thelma and Louise' Will Never Look the Same to You Again

Creepy? Yes. But Thelma and Louise makes it awesome. (Photo: Mecum Auctions)It seems more like a prop out of a horror movie than an iconic chick flick, but the scary-looking rubber face mask is actually from the 1991 film "Thelma and Louise" -- and, for the right price, it could be yours.

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The mask of Susan Sarandon's face was placed on a mannequin to shoot the film's gripping grande finale, when Sarandon's character, Louise, drives off a cliff and into the Grand Canyon with her best friend Thelma, played by Geena Davis.

"Let's not get caught," Thelma implores as the police close in on them. "Let's just keep going." And Louise slams the accelerator of the 1966 Ford Thunderbird to the floor and drives.

In the original, unedited cut -- the one that didn't make it to the movie theaters -- the camera followed Thelma and Louise as they fell to their presumed deaths, which is why the studio needed a life-like (or death-like?) mask of Sarandon's face. By itself, though? It looks kind of horrifying.

The mask is part of a collection that's up for grabs from Mecum Auctions -- it's bundled together with a press kit of photos and other materials from the film. Also on the auction block, as part of the "John Hagner's Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame Collection": A bunch of entertainment collectibles, including a mask of George Wilbur from 1972's "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"; a couple of Phyllis Diller's wigs; plenty of worn-out Western-style boots, and press kits from "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Annie," and "9 to 5." The mask, though, is really the best pick of the bunch.

Didn't know they used a mannequin and a mask to film that last scene in "Thelma and Louise"? Here are a few other tidbits about the movie that may surprise you:

1. Billy Baldwin was supposed to play the sexy young cowboy, but he dropped out to be a firefighter in "Backdraft." His replacement? Brad Pitt.

2. Picking Pitt wasn't that easy. They auditioned about 400 hunks for the role, including George Clooney, and director Ridley Scott didn't think Pitt was manly enough to play the part. Casting director Lou DiGiamo took a chance on Pitt, anyway. While he had played many supporting parts, the role launched his career as one of Hollywood's sexiest male stars.

3. They used five identical 1966 Ford Thunderbirds while filming the movie.

The auction will take place July 26.