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To get into character, Bill Murray spent time with Thompson, drinking and shooting and generally having a great time at Thompson's Colorado ranch. After filming ended, Murray continued to act "Gonzo" through the beginning of the next season of Saturday Night Live (1975), to the consternation/annoyance of cast and crew members.
In an early scene, the establishing shot outside a seedy bar contains two seedy characters standing outside it, lighting cigarettes. They are musician Neil Young and music producer David Briggs, who contributed to the soundtrack selection and recording.
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The character of Carl Lazlo is loosely based on 1960s Chicano lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Acosta was briefly Thompson's attorney during the 1970s and is the basis for the character of Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). The title of this movie is an allusion to Acosta's book "Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo".
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The dwarf in the hotel scene, Briggs, is the same dwarf in the Beverly Heights Hotel lounge scene in the later Thompson movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that brings Duke the phone.
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In the beginning of the movie (about 15 minutes into it), while Lazlo is dictating to HST in the car, a cop is busting three guys. The wall they are putting their hands on, has graffiti "Fear and Loathing", which is a tag line of Thompson's.
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Hunter S. Thompson wrote several alternate openings and endings for this movie, none of which were used.
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The latter two parts are based on Thompson's books/articles Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, and Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72.
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Ralph Steadman, who did illustrations for Thompson's books, drew the title cards for this movie.
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The plane used for the "Zoo" is a Lockheed L-188 Electra. By the time this movie was shot, the aircraft was primarily used as a cargo plane.
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