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When Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) is in the bar, the pictures on the wall are all of people in the movie. On the bottom row are "Cap" Rooney (Dennis Quaid) and Jim Brown. Featured in the top row are Oliver Stone, Al Pacino, and Cameron Diaz.
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Dennis Quaid's character Cap Rooney's house is really Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino's house.
Al Pacino's final rallying speech for the team before the playoff game is based on a rallying speech real life NFL Coach, Marty Schottenheimer gave the Cleveland Browns during the 1989 AFC Championship game.
Al Pacino particularly relished his role as he found it a refreshing change from the usual cops and gangsters he often plays.
A Warner Brothers favorite, Clint Eastwood was sought after for Al Pacino's role early on. However, he also wanted to direct the picture, so the studio declined.
When the NFL refused to assist the film in any way, the fictional league used instead was imagined as a more successful version of both the World Football League and United States Football League, who both challenged the NFL in the 1970s and 1980s, respectively, but did not last long. The screenplay makes this explicit in a scene where the Mayor of Miami tells Cameron Diaz's character that one of the reasons the city cannot afford to build a new stadium for the Sharks is the local prominence of the Miami Dolphins.
From an editing point of view, there are over 3000 cuts in the film.
According to Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J took the scripted rivalry between their characters too seriously and punched Foxx in the face while filming the scene in which their characters fight. They then had an altercation in which Foxx received a cut on his head before the two were separated. Foxx spoke about the incident in Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security (2002). In 2006, Foxx announced that he and LL have become friends.
Robert De Niro also turned down the role of Tony D'Amato.
Although, according to Oliver Stone, the NFL actively attempted to prevent players from taking part in this project, then San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens can be seen playing and scoring two touchdowns for the Miami Sharks. While the name on the back of his shirt is 'Owens', he wears the number 82 and not 81 as he does in real life.
When Willie Beamen enters Tony D'Amato's house, the movie that is on television is Ben-Hur (1959), starring Charlton Heston, who also appears in Any Given Sunday as the Commissioner. Oliver Stone says on the commentary that the meta connection was deliberate, and meant to show that yesterday's rebels become the establishment. Charlton Heston agreed to appear in the film and granted permission for his image in Ben-Hur to be used.
Director Oliver Stone tried and failed to get the National Football League's permission to use real NFL team logos and stadiums for the film.
Many players from the Arena Football League appear in the film as additional players.
As Oliver Stone is a San Francisco 49ers fan, there are several references to San Francisco winning the championship game against the Sharks.
[Director's cameo]: Oliver Stone' playing a television announcer.
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Oliver Stone originally wanted to adapt the book "You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets" by Robert Huizenga as a theatrical movie, but had meanwhile purchased an unrelated football screenplay by John Logan intended to be made for television. After Al Pacino became interested in the Logan script, Stone was given the greenlight for a theatrical movie. Stone wrote a shooting script that combined the two different screenplays.
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NFL running back Darnell Autry auditioned for the film, but was told that he did not look enough like a football player.
The character Jack Rose is loosely based on sports radio talk show host Jim Rome, who was attacked by quarterback Jim Everett and "talks smack".
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At one point, a film is playing, and shows Johnny Unitas on television. Later, he is the opposing coach.
Ving Rhames and David Duchovny both turned down roles in this film.
Comedian Chris Tucker turned down Jamie Foxx's role in the film.
Oliver Stone wanted to use the music of the Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and actually filmed a scene using their music, when he later asked for permission, the band said no, so Stone was forced to redo the scene without the music.
According to Cuba Gooding, Jr., he met with Oliver Stone about playing the role of Willie Beamen but Stone turned Gooding down because he had already played a football player in Jerry Maguire (1996).
Much of the information in the movie is based on the book, "You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise: A Doctor's Sideline Secrets About Pro Football's Most Outrageous Team," by Rob Huizenga.
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Sean Combs was initially cast as Willie Beamen, but scheduling conflicts supposedly caused him to drop out, leaving the role to Jamie Foxx. Other sources cite that when the football experts began working with Combs on quarterback drills, they quickly realized that he had zero throwing experience. They knew he could never be convincing as a pro quarterback, whereas Foxx was a natural athlete and quick learner at the position.
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The home of the California Crusaders in the movie is Pro Player Stadium, which is where the real-life team, the Miami Dolphins, play.
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Shark Stadium, where the fictitious Miami Sharks play, is actually the Orange Bowl Stadium, in Miami, Florida.
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There are caricatures of Oliver Stone and Cameron Diaz in the bar next to the caricature of Al Pacino.
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For the scenes during a football game, production asked local schools to participate as extras for the movie, including Lake Stevens Middle School in Miami, Florida. For each shot the crowd was asked to move around so that each section looked filled, in empty seats cardboard cutouts we placed in seats with balloons attached to them so that they would seem in motion.
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When Barry Switzer is the broadcaster for the playoff game in Dallas, a player bumps an official and Barry yells out, "He hit an official." When Barry Switzer was coaching the Dallas Cowboys against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1994 NFC Championship game, he was penalized 15 yards for bumping an official.
The word "fuck" is spoken about 117 times in the movie.
In a great coincidence, both Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx won their first Oscars in a year that they were nominated in two acting categories. Not only that, but they both won for their lead performances, which were also both blind characters (though Pacino's character was fictional rather than Foxx's).
Oliver Stone's first two choices to play Tony D'Amato were Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Although De Niro declined the role, Pacino had already accepted.
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Jim Caviezel played Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino)'s estranged son, but his scenes were cut. They can be seen in the extras of the Oliver Stone Collection DVD.
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Originally titled "The League".
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There were serious thoughts about creating a new film involving D'Amato (Al Pacino) coaching the Albuquerque Aztecs as mentioned in the ending of the movie.
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Tom Sizemore also had a role in the film, but it was cut.
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Sean Combs was cast as Willie Beaman, but dropped out because of scheduling conflicts with his recording career.
Tom Arnold was originally cast but had to pull out.
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Edward Burns was originally cast as Nick Crozier.
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During filming Lawrence Taylor was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Al Pacino's first film with Oliver Stone directing him. Stone had previously written the screenplay for Scarface (1983), starring Pacino, and the actor was set to play Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), in an earlier iteration of the film that Stone did not direct, but was canceled when financing fell through.
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Jamie Foxx played high school football.
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Bad weather, and a threatened lawsuit by the National Football League, who didn't take kindly to the way the game was depicted in the original script, meant the production was delayed by eight months.
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Cameron Diaz plays the daughter of a sports team owner, just as she did in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997).
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In the shooting script, Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) was initially married.
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This is third time Andrew Bryniarski has played the part of a football player in a film. He also played one in Necessary Roughness (1991) and The Program (1993).
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Jenkins was hurt half way thru season and lost for rest of season . But in locker room speech at the end he is in full pads
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Oliver Stone says that when he wrote the original script, he had Charles Bronson in mind for the Al Pacino part.
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In the script, it says that Jack (Cap) Rooney met his wife, Cindy, in college at the university of Michigan.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Al Pacino, Charlton Heston, Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx; and two Oscar nominees: James Woods and Ann-Margret.
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James Woods and LL Cool J have previously appeared together on The Hard Way (1991).
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Oliver Stone conceived the film as an homage to veteran director Robert Aldrich.
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James Karen and John C. McGinley also appeared in Wall Street (1987) and Nixon (1995), all films directed by Oliver Stone.
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One of six collaborations between Oliver Stone and John C. McGinley. They previously worked in Platoon (1986), Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Nixon (1995).
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One of three collaborations between James Woods and Oliver Stone, with the other films being Salvador (1986) and Nixon (1995). Woods was almost cast in JFK (1991) and Stone produced Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), which has Woods as main star.
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Cameo 

Barry Switzer: former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys as a television commentator for the game between the Miami Sharks and the Dallas Knights (supposedly set in Texas Stadium, where Switzer once coached).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The actor who played Christina's assistant Johnny played Michael Coreleone's brother in law Carlo in The Godfather (1972).
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Lauren Holly and LL Cool J both members of the NCIS family. Holly was on the original NCIS. LL Cool J appears on NCIS: Los Angeles.
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Dennis Quaid has played a washed up college football player in Everybody's All-American (1988), and here, he plays a washed-up professional quarterback in Any Given Sunday (1999).
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