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During the scene in the strip club when Emile Hirsch is trying to figure out how to smoke the cigar, it falling out of his mouth is an accident. The director liked it so much, he left it in.
As Emile Hirsch was still a minor during production, all of his nude scenes were performed by a stunt double. For the lap dance scene, several pillows were placed between him and the dancer.
The drawing of herself Danielle gives Matthew in the café was drawn by Elisha Cuthbert.
According to the commentary, Eli is based on writer/director Eli Roth.
Elisha Cuthbert filmed this movie while she was filming 24 (2001). When asked about the hectic schedule, she said, "Our weekends were Monday and Tuesday and the show was, obviously, Saturday and Sunday, so every day for three months."
In the scene-specific DVD audio commentary for the film Emile Hirsch reveals that when shooting the scene where Elisha Cuthbert forces him to strip, director Luke Greenfield wanted him to shave his chesthair but Hirsch who was 17 at the time refused because, as he himself puts it, "did not wanna shave off my manhood".
Originally, both Briana Banks and Jenna Jameson were slated to appear in this film.
The prom in the film takes place in the cafeteria, the same way the director's was.
The Cougars lion costume featured in numerous scenes of the film is the same one as featured in Old School (2003), this time under the name "Harrison Cougars".
The film not only shared a similar plot to Risky Business (1983), but the composer Paul Haslinger is a former member of Tangerine Dream, the band that provided the soundtrack for Risky Business.
In the video room there are posters for Alien (1979), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and X2 (2003) - all films released through Fox.
The box of cigars Kelly receives at the end from Matthew are Romeo and Julieta vintage cigars.
The woman shown in the magazine at the beginning of the film is Briana Banks.
The line "So, what's the craziest thing you've done lately?" is sampled in the Kill Hannah song 'Crazy Angel'.
The sword hanging on the wall in the background of the "karate porn" video is a Klingon "Bat'leth" sword from the Star Trek series.
The "Vivid Video" cap the Eli wears is from a real porn production company.
Emile Hirsch, Chris Marquette and Olivia Wilde later appeared in Alpha Dog together.
The initial concept was a remake of Risky Business (1983), which eventually developed into its own film. Although there are still similarities between the two films.
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The car that Emile Hirsch is driving at the end is a 2005 BMW Z4 roadster 2.5i.
Emile Hirsch and Paul Dano previously appeared in The Emperor's Club together.
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David Daskal from Average Joe (2003) appears in the beginning of the movie in a group of students and later on, as a student in the classroom.
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Both Olivia Wilde and Autumn Reeser starred in "The O.C". Olivia Wilde played Alex in season 2 and Autumn Reeser played Taylor in season 3 and 4.
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Jay Mohr auditioned for the role of Kelly, but was told the part had gone to Matt Dillon. The part of Kelly would be played by Mohr's Go (1999) costar Timothy Olyphant, who had passed on the part twice before agreeing to take the role.
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Emile Hirsch and Paul Dano later appeared with actor Bruce Willis in different films both released in 2006: Hirsch in Alpha Dog and Dano in Fast Food Nation.
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Director Cameo 

Luke Greenfield: the director of the porn film being shot towards the end of the movie.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Emile Hirsch was really hurt when he is beaten in the car by Timothy Olyphant as Olyphant's rings kept scratching him.
Former Professional WWE wrestler Matthew Wiese has a cameo, as the boyfriend to one of the porn actresses during the Adult Film Convention sequence.
The video that Eli discovers of Danielle (which he shows to Matthew) features Steven St. Croix, a real-life porn actor.
There are many parallels between this film and the Tom Cruise classic Risky Business (1983). Both lead characters are high school seniors anticipating an acceptance from a prestigious university. Tom Cruise and Emile Hirsch are both 5'7". Both befriend a girl with an unconventional occupation (e.g. prostitute, porn star). Kelly (Timothy Olyphant) in this film is like Guido (Joe Pantoliano) from Risky Business and Eli (Chris Marquette) is like Miles (Curtis Armstrong). Risky Business was scored by the band Tangerine Dream and Paul Haslinger, a former member, scored The Girl Next Door.
The photo release form that falls on the floor towards the climactic film shooting scene reveals that the name of the production company for the film is named Passion Pit.
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