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(1995)

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Rob Lowe played the supporting role of Tommy's stepbrother and is uncredited. The reason for this is because Rob was contractually obligated to Stephen King's The Stand (1994) at the time, so he took the part simply as a favor for friend Chris Farley.
According to David Spade, he and Chris Farley got into a physical altercation on the set. Spade had gone out for a drink with Rob Lowe the night before. Farley had become very jealous and angrily repeated "How's Rob Lowe?". David got so fed up with Chris hounding him on the subject that he threw his Diet Coke on him, to which Chris responded by throwing David into a wall and down the stairs. After the fight, Spade walked off the set and refused to continue filming. The pair would sometimes go for hours without talking to each other, talk to each other through the director, etc.
Tommy graduates from Marquette University, which was Chris Farley's real-life alma mater.
On the list showing the exam grades of the students at the beginning of the movie, look at the bottom. One of the names is Helen Keller, who scored an F.
In the motel room, on the TV in the background is a preview for Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), also directed by Peter Segal.
In the scene where they are at the wedding reception for "Big" Tom Callahan you can see Chris Farley's brother sitting to Chris's left when Big Tom asks Tommy Boy to help him out with the song.
David Spade refused to let the set's stylist work on his hair. This accounts for his hair's tousled appearance in the film.
Peter Segal told Film School Rejects that at one point during production, scheduling conflicts almost forced Rob Lowe to drop out of the film. This resulted in the filmmakers holding impromptu auditions while the movie was already filming for the part of Paul Barish. Matthew McConaughey was one of the actors who auditioned. Eventually, Lowe's scheduling conflicts were resolved and he was able to appear.
The role of Helen the waitress was originally to be played by Roseanne Barr, but she was busy at the time and was unable to appear in the film.
Tommy says "son of..." ten times throughout the film.
According to David Spade, both he and Chris Farley ended up dating Lorri Bagley who played the naked woman at the pool. According to Spade, this caused some tension between them during the filming of Black Sheep (1996).
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The convertible is a 1967 Plymouth GTX with a 440 engine and Cragar SS wheels.
When Bo Derek's character comes out of the pool, Tommy says to Big Tom (Brian Dennehy), "Whoa, dad. She's like a... ten!" Derek and Dennehy both appeared in 10 (1979).
David Spade's character Richard Hayden says that 'Big' Tom, played by Brian Dennehy was like a father to him. Brian Dennehy would go on to play David Spade's father as Red Finch in the TV comedy Just Shoot Me! (1997)
The auto shop garages in one of the Zalinsky TV ads are actually Canadian Tire Corporation auto service centre garages.
David Spade (Richard) and Chris Farley (Tommy) had to fly back and forth from Toronto to New York to also rehearse and perform on Saturday Night Live in which they where regular cast members at the time
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The lunch box young Tommy is carrying at the beginning of the film while running for the school bus is a Brady Bunch lunch box.
The song "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" was written and performed by the band Timbuk3 who hailed from Madison, Wisconsin, Farley's hometown.
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Dan Akryod (Zalinsky) filmed all his scenes in just two days.
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On the DVD commentary, director Peter Segal reveals that they used James Newton Howard's score to Dave and George Fenton's score to Groundhog Day (1993) as temp-track music. The Groundhog Day music was used as temp score in the airplane scene.
Fred Wolf worked on the screenplay uncredited.
Original working title was Billy the Third: A Midwestern . However Lorne Michaels was also working on Billy Madison and insisted the change. Other names considered included Fat Chance and XL before settling on Tommy Boy.
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Christian Slater was considered for the role of Richard.
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When Paul Barish attempts to sabotage the Callahan delivery trucks, the gun he uses is a Sturm, Ruger Mini 14.
In the car spin out scene, the sign that Chris Farleys character hits is a sign for "Chippewa Falls", the same place where Leonardo Decaprio's character in "Titanic" is from.
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When Richard walks into the mini-mart at the gas station to ask the man behind the counter for directions you can hear Patsy Cline's "Crazy" playing in the background. Julie Warner who plays Tommy's girlfriend Michelle in this movie was also the love interest of Michael J. Fox in Doc Hollywood (1991), in which "Crazy" was the main love theme that Fox and Warner's characters dance and fell in love to.
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