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Trivia

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Vincent D'Onofrio purposefully mouth breathed during the entire production to create a unique timber and respective speech patterns. He then added a "nose squeak" after finding that some persons who lost their nose secondary to trauma or cancer produce a high pitch sound after completing certain sounds.
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Vincent D'Onofrio purposefully developed a bad and uneven suntan, gained a significant amount of weight, bleached his hair, and wore improperly fitting skateboard apparel. When he reported to the set, he arrived in character.
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Writer Tony Gayton said that the script to this movie was not written to be produced but to be a writing sample, something wild and experimental he could show producers to get work. He was very surprised when Castle Rock wanted to produce it.
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Warner Brothers was not comfortable with the significant drug content and the John F. Kennedy assassination sequence, and initially wanted an edited version of the film for a wide theatrical release. The scenes remained, but the film then was only given a limited theatrical release.
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In order to prepare for his role, Doug Hutchison spent a month with real narcotics officers and accompanied them on drug busts.
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Val Kilmer researched his role by spending time with drug abusers in Riverside and the greater Los Angeles area.
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Pooh Bears's (Vincent D'Onofrio) fire place at his compound is actually made of Styrofoam.
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Deborah Kara Unger researched her role in the film as a drug user by visiting the Riverside Recovery Center.
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Peter Sarsgaard grew in a mullet over a three month period for the film. During this time he also went to crystal meth anonymous meetings and various juvenile halls.
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Val Kilmer spent up to three hours a day in the makeup chair for placement of numerous fake tattoos on his arms, chest, and back.
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Peter Sarsgaard's character is based on a real person who was a meth user in Riverside and according to D.J. Caruso "Just wanted to be liked".
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Cameo 

Azura Skye:  as Theresa, a tweeker.
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R. Lee Ermey, Shirley Knight:  as the parents of Tom's late wife.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Chandra West and Deborah Kara Unger were both in The Salton Sea (2002) and White Noise (2005). In both films West plays the spouse of the protagonist, and in both films she dies. The protagonist then goes on a search to find out what happened to her, where he meets the character played by Unger, and befriends her.
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WILHELM SCREAM: When Kujo (Adam Goldberg) is hit by a bus.
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