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Just as production started on location in Kentucky, it emerged that a real EPA investigation was taking place nearby. Steven Seagal invited the EPA official to visit the set so he could chat with him about environmental issues and what he did.
The box office flop of this movie caused Steven Seagal's multi-picture contract with Warner Bros. Pictures to end. However, he would work with them one last time for Exit Wounds (2001) and that movie proved to be a box office success.
Warner Bros. wanted to make sure that Fire Down Below has the same fast pace and short running time like all the other Steven Seagal films he made for them in the previous years, so just like they did with all of those films, they heavily re-edited the movie and deleted lot of the plot and character scenes. But they also removed several big action sequences on which much of the $60 million budget was spent on.

These include opening action sequence involving Taggart and his partner Frank, who originally had lot more scenes but those were removed and entire original opening of the film was re-edited into few minutes long opening montage in the final cut of the film. Other deleted action sequences include really big and complicated chase scene which took place at night in woods and hills and it involved police cars chasing tanker truck full of toxic waste which eventually crashes into a train on the river bridge. Scene where Taggart kills second corrupt FBI agent by burning him alive in gas station explosion was also cut out and changed so that in the film he leaves him alive. Trailers for the film show many parts of deleted and alternate scenes including deleted action sequences.
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It took about two weeks to film the scene where Jack was being chased by the coal truck.
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Bruce Willis turned down the lead role.
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Based on writer Jeb Stuart's personal experiences. He spent his college years working as a carpenter in Appalachia where, at the time, illicit poisoning of the countryside was under investigation by the EPA.
When Bruce Willis was attached as the lead, the screenplay by Jeb Staurt, was more a drama with detective elements. When Seagal came aboard after Willis departed, writer Phillip Morton was brought in to convert the material into an action film that incorporated the genre staples Seagal was famous for.
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In Spain this movie was promoted as a sequel to On Deadly Ground (1994), hence the Spanish title, "En tierra peligrosa 2".
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In an earlier draft of the screenplay, it is revealed that Earl Kellogg is the man responsible for the death of the two EPA agents at the start of the film.
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Marg Helgenberger visited several mines while on location to achieve a better understanding of her character.
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Some of the trailers for the movie show several deleted scenes, these include; In-depth view of Frank Elkins' investigation and murder (in the movie his scenes are included only in opening flashback montage), Cotton complimenting Jack and Sarah at the dance, shot of Jack in a black t-shirt turning around and pulling gun at somebody, Sarah pointing a shotgun at someone or something, gas station explosion, deleted car chase. Many other scenes were also deleted. Although it's well known that other films that Steven Seagal made with Warner Bros were also severely cut down and edited in post productions by either Seagal or studio for various reasons (Hard To Kill, Out For Justice, Glimmer Man), it's not known why was Fire Down Below edited down to the point that entire action sequences were removed or cut down, although pacing issues and studio's insistence on shorter running time are believed to be the reasons for that.
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The first Seagal film to be passed completely uncut for home viewing by the BBFC in the UK, all of his previous films at the time receiving edits for either '15' or '18' ratings on video.
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Steven Seagal plays an EPA agent who tries to stop an evil corporation from dumping toxic waste causing environmental damage in Kentucky. Seagal's previous film On Deadly Ground (1994) deals with the same thing but with a Oil Company in Alaska.
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Director Uli Edel left the project early July 1996.
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The film went straight to video in the UK.
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Félix Enríquez Alcalá's feature film directorial debut.
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Columbia Pictures first optioned the screenplay in early 1990.
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