Living in Oblivion (1995) Poster


The idea that Brad Pitt was the model for the buffoonish Chad Palomino character is a myth. Pitt himself was slated to appear as the Palomino character, until a Legends of the Fall (1994) scheduling conflict forced him to drop out. Apparently, James Le Gros *was* mocking a self-absorbed Hollywood star; it just wasn't Pitt. Tom DiCillo says that while he can't name any names, LeGros confided that he had lifted all of the Palomino character's mannerisms from a star with whom he had just finished working.
Shot in 16 days.
Director Tom DiCillo didn't want to beg people for money to make this film, so he asked his actors if they would work for free. All of them agreed and most of them even put up money themselves. Eventually anybody who contributed a few dollars got a part in the movie.
Tom DiCillo originally wrote this as a half-hour showcase for Catherine Keener.
The stopwatch that a sound tech uses at the end of the movie is a Russian stopwatch 'Agat'. The name can be seen written on its front both with the 'Made in USSR' sign in Russian.
The recurring theme of the film is dream sequences. The lead character's last name "Reve" means "dream" in French.
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